Biggest Star Comebacks

Hit TV shows, Oscar nominations and critical buzz prove that Teri Hatcher, Matthew Fox and 10 other stars of the past are back and better than ever. By Caryn Midler

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Updated: Thursday Feb 03, 2005 | 06:00 AM EST

VIRGINIA MADSEN

After years of sexy roles in movies such as 1990's The Hot Spot, Virginia Madsen figured it would be fine to slow down to raise son Jack, 10 (with former flame Antonio Sabato Jr.) – but it proved difficult. "To come back was really hard ... I didn't think doors slammed until you were 40, which is ironic because this is now when they're opening," says the 42-year-old (in 2005 and 1990), who is nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Sideways.