They 're all stars in their own, self-created soap operas.
However, today's soap operas have come quite a long way from where they began.
These "primitive" soap operas were broadcast during the day, and housewives became the target audience.
The drama Peyton Place (1964-1969) demonstrated that soap operas could draw an audience in the evening hours as well daytime, and two nighttime soaps in particular made some lasting contributions to the genre.
Despite their longevity, soap operas are quickly disappearing from the landscape of daytime television.