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50 Greatest Soap Actors FAQ


We are more than halfway through our countdown of the 50 Greatest Soap Actors of All Time. Many of you have expressed much love and some hate about the honorees on this list.  Because we have received a number of questions about the list we are re-posting the answers here in this F.A.Q.  Read on to find out why we're doing this list, how it was complied, as well as the names of the 15 experts who contributed. 

Where did the idea for the list come from?
We are huge fans of so many of the wonderful actors who have graced our television screens and continue to do so and wanted to honor them in some way. Many of them have never been recognized by the Daytime Emmys, or any awards show for that matter.

How did you compile the list?
Along with We Love Soaps editors Roger Newcomb and Damon L. Jacobs we assembled a team of 15 subject matter experts and soap opera historians who have covered the industry or worked in the industry (or both) and asked each to submit their Top 25 list. We combined all these lists into one comprehensive Top 50 Countdown.

The judges panel consisted of Alan Carter, Connie Passalacqua Hayman (aka Marlena De Lacroix), Damon L. Jacobs, Delaina Dixon, Jonathan Reiner, Lynn Leahey, Lynn Liccardo, Mala Bhattacharjee, Mimi Torchin, Nelson Aspen, Patrick Erwin, Robert Wargo, Roger Newcomb, Thom Racina and Tony Calega.

Can one person influence the vote?
Ranking someone #1 on your list definitely has weight but the Top 50 is made up only of actresses that appeared on multiple lists. In fact, there were more than 50 actors mentioned on multiple lists and we will do an "honorable mention" celebration for those who just missed the cut once the countdown is finished.

Is the list weighted to favor current actors?
The list consists of actors from many decades past and eras gone by and is quite comprehensive.

What can we expect from the countdown?
For each actor, we'll provide a career retrospective, classic videos where possible, comments from the judges and, in some cases, comments from their directors, producers, writers or fellow actors. Many great classic photos have been contributed by soap historian Robert Wargo.

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