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  • End of an Era for Soap Operas

    Meghann Fahy as "Hannah", Van Hughes as "Cole", Kristen Alderson as "Starr", and Nick Roebuck as "James" are shown in a scene from "One Life to Live." As the show airs its final episode after more than 40 years, here is a look back at several stars that got their start in soap operas.
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    Eva Longoria, as "Isabella Brana", left, is embraced by Doug Davidson, as "Paul Williams", in a scene from "The Young and the Restless," July 8, 2002 in Los Angeles, Calif. After landing the role of "Gabrielle Solis" on "Desperate Housewives" in 2004, Longoria's career has skyrocketed.
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    Alec Baldwin is shown during an episode of the TV soap opera series "Knots Landing," left, in Aug., 1984. Several films later, the "30 Rock" star arrives at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 3rd Annual Governors Awards, Nov. 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, Calif.
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    Julianne Moore is shown as "Frannie Hughes," left, for a publicity still for the soap opera "As The World Turns" in 1985. Now a film industry A-lister, Moore attends a "Freckleface Strawberry the Musical" & "PETER PANtomime" benefit performances at the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, Dec. 10, 2011 in New York City.
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    David Hasselhoff portrays William 'Snapper' Foster Jr,. in the television series "The Young and the Restless" in the late 1970s, left. The actor, who went on to star in teh tv series' "Knight Rider" and "Baywatch," is shown in June of 2011.
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    Meg Ryan appears in the role of Betsy Stewart in the CBS soap opera "As The World Turns," March 3, 1982 in New York City. Ryan who went on to become "America's Sweetheart" starring in such films as "When Harry Met Sally," "Sleepless in Seattle," and "You Got Mail," is shown in 2010.
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    Deidre Hall, Tom Selleck and Jaime Lyn Bauer, co-stars of the daytime television dramatic series, "The Young and the Restless," pose together outdoors in Nov. 1974 in Los Angeles, Calif. Selleck went on to star in several tv shows and films such as "Three Men and a Baby," but is best known as sexy, private investigator "Magnum, P.I."
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    Kelly Ripa played "Hayley" on "All My Children," left, before becoming the megafamous host of "Live with Kelly."
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    Marisa Tomei is shown as Marcy Thompson on the soap opera "As The World Turns," at Daytona Beach, March 22, 1984./Tomei was a regular on "A Different World," in the late 80s, before winning an oscar for her role in "My Cousin Vinny."
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    "True Blood" star Ryan Kwanten got his start on the Australian soap opera "Home And Away," shown in 1999, left.
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    Christopher Reeve portrayed the character of "Ben Harper," in the soap opera, "Love of Life," from 1974 to 1976. Reeves went on to star in several other films, most famously, of course, was "Superman," shown here in 1978, before passing away from cardiac arrest in 2004.
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    Kylie Minogue poses with her co-star in the Australian soap-opera "Neighbours", Jason Donovan, in circa 1987. Minogue went on to become a famous recording artist. Her first hit, "Locomtion," was known worldwide in the late 1980s, but it wasn't until her album "Fever" was released in 2001 that she became a household name in the US.
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    Martine McCutcheon plays Patsy Palmer in UK soap opera "EastEnders," shown in 1996. McCutcheon, also a pop music star in Europe, played Hugh Grant's love interest in love interest in "Love Actually," among other film appearances.
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    Eddie Cibrian played character "Matt Clark" in "The Young and the Restless," shown, at left, in 1995. The still up-and-coming actor has had several television and film roles, but is perhaps most famous for his love affair and now marriage with country music star LeAnn Rimes.
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    Kevin Bacon as "Tim Werner" and Kristen Vigard as "Morgan Richards" appear in a scene on the soap opera "Guiding Light," June 24, 1980./Having since starred in enough films that a "six degress of Kevin Bacon" game was made up linking Bacon to other Hollywood actors within six connections, the actor is shown with wife, Kyra Sedgwick, in 2010, right.
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