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Which stars started on soap operas?

Kelly Ripa attends the 13th Annual Super Saturday event on July 31, 2010, in Water Mill, N.Y. Getty

(CBS) News that ABC is canceling "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" was enough to make talk-show host Kelly Ripa "heart sick."

That's because before she was the co-host of "Live with Regis and Kelly," she got her start in showbiz on "AMC." It's also where she met her husband, actor Mark Consuelos.

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"This is like losing a member of your family," she said in a statement, obtained by Deadline.com. "It was my family. It was there that I met my husband; it was there when my first two children were born; it was there where I met many of my life-long friends. It was the greatest training ground ever. I feel heart sick."

Other stars who appeared on "All My Children" include Josh Duhamel, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Oscar winner Melissa Leo, Christian Slater and Amanda Seyfried.

Oscar-nominee Julianne Moore won a Daytime Emmy in 1988 for her role on "As the World Turns" (she played a set of half sisters), and most of the "Desperate Housewives" - Eva Longoria, Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross and Nicollette Sheridan - also got their starts on soaps.

Other soap opera alums include Lindsay Lohan, Ryan Phillippe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei.

Who else appeared on soap operas before he or she became a household name? Take a look through our gallery to see more.

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