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'Clarissa Explains It All' turns 25: Melissa Joan Hart looks back on her breakout role

'Clarissa Explains It All' turns 25: Melissa Joan Hart looks back on her breakout role

"Clarissa Explains it All," the successful Nickelodeon sitcom that gained a cult following in the years after its original run, turns 25 on March 23. The comedy starred Melissa Joan Hart as the titular character, an outspoken young teenager who dealt with everyday teen situations in a fun, quirky way while breaking the fourth wall. "Clarissa" was Hart's first lead role, which soon led to successful stints on other popular shows, including "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," "Melissa and Joey" and "Dancing with the Stars," in addition to movie roles.

Hart spoke to Variety about that first big break, the success she found because of it and...

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