Get to Know a Soap Opera Star: Melissa Claire Egan

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We recently learned that co-stars refers to Melissa Claire Egan as "Boots."

But what else do we know about this All My Children star? Let's take a look...

Melissa Claire Egan Pic According to Soap Opera Digest, the actress grew up in lovely Westchester County, N.Y., with her mother, father and pair of brothers. She began auditioning for small roles and commercials at a young age, but didn't dream of making a career out of acting.

But talent took over and Egan made her her soap opera debut at the age of 13, playing an extra on All My Children in 1994.

She attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated with a B.A. in Dramatic Arts. From there, Melissa moved to Hollywood and scored gigs on Dawson's Creek and One Tree Hill. Twelve years after her TV debut, Egan landed a spot with the All My Childen cast as Annie McDermott, single mother of Emma (Lucy Merriam) and budding love interest of Ryan (Cameron Mathison).

Before arriving on this scene, though, Egan had previously auditioned for The Young and the Restless and As the World Turns.

Down the line, Egan hopes to work with the great Susan Lucci - but, really, who wouldn't?

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