Stars in Rewind is a feature that looks at what our favorite movie stars were doing before they were our favorite movie stars. You can find it here every other Monday.

We've all got to start somewhere.

You don't just wake up one morning, put on a tux, drive to the Kodak Theater and waltz up on stage to receive your little golden Oscar statuette without a long history of bit parts, embarrassing roles and forgotten work littering your past. Would Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, Melissa Leo and Christian Bale prefer that we forget some of the early building blocks that have led them to their current station in life? Probably. However, their status as Academy Award-winning thespians will surely cushion the blow of us taking a tour of their earliest work.

First, let's take a look at the acting debut of Melissa Leo, who took home Best Supporting Actress for her work in 'The Fighter'. The time? 1985. The show? The long-running daytime soap opera, 'All My Children.' The role? Linda Warner, who, in the scene below, exchanges nasty verbal barbs with Nina Cortlandt before the two of them trade blows in an epic (for daytime TV) catfight. This may not be the most honest, truthful work she's come to be known for, but it's soapy histrionics at their very best.

Check out that clip, as well as the debut work from Firth, Portman and Bale after the jump!
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