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    After 41 years of scandal, drama and love, ABC soap opera "All My Children" said goodbye for good on September 23, 2011. The weeks leading up to the show's finale have seen past stars returning to Pine Valley to reprise their roles alongside series fixtures like Susan Lucci, pictured here in a dream sequence from a 1988 episode, for one last hurrah.
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  • Who's Returning to 'All My Children's' Pine Valley?

    Sarah Michelle Gellar got her start in showbiz on "AMC" in 1993 as Erica Kane's daughter, Kendall Hart, but returned to the show Sept. 21, 2011 as a delusional patient at Pine Valley Hospital who <i>thinks</i> she's Erica's daughter. Her cameo marked the first time she's returned to the show since leaving in 1995, the same year she took home a Daytime Emmy for her role on the show.
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  • Who's Returning to 'All My Children's' Pine Valley?

    Carol Burnett said her farewell to Pine Valley in the show's Sept. 6, 2011, episode as Verla Grubbs, the same character the TV legend originated when she joined "AMC" in 1983. Burnett went on to TV greatness but came back to reprise her "AMC" role for special occasions such as the show's 25th anniversary in 1995 and the 35th anniversary in 2005.
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  • Who's Returning to 'All My Children's' Pine Valley?

    "Transformers" and "Las Vegas" star Josh Duhamel came back to "AMC" in the show's Aug. 4 and 5, 2011, episodes. His three-year run on the show ended in 2002 when his character, Leo du Pres, plunged into a waterfall. His body was never found so he was able to return this season to wrap up his relationship with his wife, Greenlee, played by Rebecca Budig before the series' end.
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    Kelly Ripa and Mark Conseulos found love at "AMC" -- both on set and off. Ripa, now the co-host of "Live with Regis & Kelly," joined "AMC" in 1990 as Hayley Vaughan Santos. Mark joined as Mateo in 1995, Hayley and Mateo fell in love, and so did Mark and Kelly, now married with three kids. The two were last seen in Pine Valley in 2002. Ripa has called herself "sick" over the show's cancellation.
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    "AMC" will debut as a web series produced by online production company Prospect Park on Sept. 26, but some stars, including series fixture Susan Lucci, on the show since 1970, have, so far, declined to star in the online version. Lucci won the Daytime Emmy for the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 1999, after losing 18 times.
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  • Before They Were Stars, They Were Soap Stars

    Before she was famous, "Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara worked up a sweat in racy 90s commercial for Bally's Total Fitness. The star, who was just 26 at the time, can be seen working out in the gym, cycling on a stationary bike and then taking part in a dance class.
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  • Before They Were Stars

    <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/story?id=7459993" target='external'>Soap operas are having a tough time</a> these days -- viewers aren't tuning in the way they used to.</a> <p></p> Despite the tough economy, soap operas still serve as a launching ground for actors' careers. Many of TV's most famous faces once played a recurring role on a soap opera. <p></p> <b>Demi Moore</b> became a household name after playing the part of Jackie Templeton on the ABC soap opera "General Hospital" from 1982 to 1983. Pictured are Moore and Anthony Geary, who played the character Luke Spencer for decades. Moore's subsequent transition to the big screen, where she starred in mega-hits such as "A Few Good Men," "Ghost" and "Indecent Proposal," earned her a spot on Hollywood's A-list.
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    <b>Judith Light,</b> now famous for her roles on "Who's the Boss" and "Ugly Betty," first found fame after being recast in the role of Karen Wolek on the ABC soap opera "One Life to Live." Her character became a prostitute, bored with her life as a housewife married to workaholic Dr. Larry Wolek. In her role as Karen, she entertained local businessmen and became a "freelance" prostitute, and then a full-time call girl for the pimp and pornographer Marco Dane (played by Gerald Anthony). Light won Daytime Emmy Awards in 1980 and 1981.
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    Before developing a strong reputation playing tough-talking authority figures, <b>Laurence Fishburne</b> starred on ABC's "One Life to Live" as adoptee Joshua West Hall from 1973-1976, scoring the role at just 12 years old. Here, Fishburne is seen on the set with actor Anthony Ponzini. After his exposure on daytime TV, Fishburne landed a film role in the 1975 flick "Cornbread, Earl and Me." At 14 he was already working with famous director Francis Ford Coppola in the 1979 movie "Apocalypse Now." Since then Fishburne's career has been a string of successes, including a lead role in the 1991 hit "Boyz N the Hood" and numerous Broadway performances.
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    Many years before the drama of Wisteria Lane, "Desperate Housewives" star <b>Marcia Cross</b> was playing Kate Sanders. Her role on "One Life to Live" lasted from 1986 to 1987. Here, she and her TV husband-to-be, played by John Loprieno, had only just tied the knot when his late wife, a character named Tina, stunned the wedding guests holding a child she claimed was his. When the marriage was declared invalid, Cross' character left town.
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    <b>Ricky Martin</b> has been "livin' la vida loca" ever since gaining worldwide attention as a singer in the Latin boy band, Menudo. With his chiseled good looks, the multi-talented Martin was quickly ushered onto soap operas, first in Mexico, then in the United States. He starred on ABC's "General Hospital" as Miguel Morez from 1994 to 1995. Martin eventually returned to the music industry and went on to win numerous awards including Grammy and Latin Grammy awards, a World Music Award and an American Music Award.
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    Between 1971 and 1975, <b>Tommy Lee Jones</b> portrayed Dr. Mark Toland on the ABC soap opera "One Life to Live." The actor, famous for his rugged roles in films like "No Country For Old Men" and "The Fugitive," played a clean-cut medic, with a devious, adulterous and murderous dark side.
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    <b>John Stamos</b> began his acting career with a role on ABC's "General Hospital" as Blackie Parrish, the teenage heartthrob and singer. Stamos was an instant hit on the soap. His character may have left the show after being sent to prison for manslaughter, but Stamos' career continued to thrive on "Full House" and, most recently, "E.R."
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