Kelly Ripa started her journey as Hayley Vaughan, shouldering her way into Pine Valley wielding an Elvira jet black hairdo, goth makeup and tough-girl leather jacket. She was a Gen-X wild child of the powerful, wealthy and conniving Adam Chandler. Cut to 20 years later when Ripa returned to Pine Valley in 2010 for the "All My Children" 40th anniversary show. Her sleek blonde do -- seen here at a benefit this year -- is a perfect cut for hair that's not terribly thick. Her successful talk show and handsome husband Mark Consuelos (whom she met on the soap) might be adding the extra sparkle to one of beauty's best secrets -- a dazzling, sincere smile.
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