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iVillage.com: Biggest Celebrity Comebacks

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Eddie Murphy

When Eddie Murphy first broke onto the Hollywood scene in the '80s, he was one of the most scathing, groundbreaking comics around. But following his stint on "Saturday Night Live" and his successful '80s films "48 Hrs.," "Coming To America" and" Beverly Hills Cop," he began to lose his mojo with a string of unfunny sequels and box-office misfires (hello, "Vampire in Brooklyn!"). Murphy (pictured in November 2011 in Burbank, Calif.) reinvented himself in 1996 starting with "The Nutty Professor" and went on to achieve box-office success with family-friendly fare like 1998's "Dr. Doolittle" and its sequel, as well as 2001's beloved Shrek. But with the exception of the "Shrek" sequels and 2006's "Dreamgirls" (for which he received an Oscar nod), Murphy's recent films have either underperformed (like 2011's "Tower Heist") or outright bombed (see "Meet Dave", "Imagine That" and "A Thousand Words"). Maybe another comeback is due?

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