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  • FOX Turns 25: Catching up with the cast of 'Ally McBeal'

    On the heels of FOX’s 25th anniversary star-studded TV special that reunited cast members from some of the network’s favorite and ground-breaking shows (dancing animated babies and prime time cartoons, anyone?), our friends at Snakkle.com help us catch up with the stars of “Ally McBeal” 15 years after the legal dramedy series’ debut.

    Ally McBeal and her colleagues from the law offices of Cage and Fish sang first danced their ways into America’s hearts in 1997. (We’re not sure what that dancing baby did.) Let’s see what happened to some of the show’s biggest stars.

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    THEN: Calista Flockhart as Ally McBeal

    “Ally McBeal” became a pop culture sensation as soon as the first episode aired and we saw that dancing baby. Was Ally too thin? (Maybe). Was she anti-feminist? (Probably not). Were we hooked? (Yes).

    NOW: Flockhart and Ford

    After the show wrapped, Flockhart took a break from acting to raise her adopted son Liam, and in between started dating iconic actor Harrison Ford, who she married in 2010. She turned down the role of Susan on “Desperate Housewives,” but decided to instead return to TV for five seasons of “Brothers & Sisters.”

    See where all the stars of “Alley McBeal” are today, including Portia de Rossi and who joined “Gray’s Anatomy”, at Snakkle.com.

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    THEN: Jane Krakowski as Elaine Vassal

    Jane Krakowski played Ally’s busybody Elaine, and sort of slutty assistant. She was also a talented inventor. Who could forget Elaine’s infamous face bra?

    NOW: Krakowski at The Rock

    After Ally wrapped, Jane Krakowski returned to Broadway and won a Tony for her role in “Nine.” She now stars as everyone’s favorite star of TGS, Jenna Maroney on “30 Rock.”

    See where all the stars of “Alley McBeal” are today, including Portia de Rossi and who joined “Gray’s Anatomy”, at Snakkle.com.

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    THEN: Robert Downey Jr. as Larry Paul

    Everyone knows the Robert Downey, Jr. story. His drug habit in the 1990s and early 2000s prevented his film career from taking off, and “Ally McBeal” was supposed to be his big comeback, clean and sober. He joined the cast as Larry Paul, Ally’s boyfriend in the fourth season, but was fired from the show after two drug arrests off set.

    NOW: Downey Jr. All Cleaned Up

    If“Ally McBeal” wasn’t the comeback he had hoped for, the good new for Robert Downey Jr. was that his big breakthrough (and sober life) was just around the corner. He is Hollywood’s golden boy once again after success in multiple blockbuster films like “Iron Man” and “Sherlock Holmes.”

    See where all the stars of “Alley McBeal” are today, including Portia de Rossi and who joined “Gray’s Anatomy”, at Snakkle.com.

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