All My Children's Superstar Alumni

Before the lights go out on the ABC soap, see the A-listers – Amanda Seyfried! Josh Duhamel! Kelly Ripa! – who got their first big break on AMC

MELISSA LEO

It's no surprise that Leo won the Oscar for The Fighter – just check out this grainy clip of her as AMC's tough girl Linda, who assaults Nina (Taylor Miller). The juicy, pugnacious role even scored Leo a Daytime Emmy nod in 1985! "I loved that part," Leo has said. "When all is said and done I can say I was a part of the great American soap opera."