Bringing Their A-Game: The Greatest Celebrity Comebacks Of 2018

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Mar. 24 2020, Updated 1:31 p.m. ET

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It was a pretty terrible year for lots of people and things, from Bill Cosby to the environment. Truly, it was a kind of yucky time for many, but there are always silver linings.

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From Amanda Byne's (possibly?) pulling it together to Hollywood taking John Krasinski seriously—and Jim Carrey taking himself very seriously—these celebs have plenty of reasons to thank Santa.

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Cher Flair

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Cher might never have really gone away, but with the hit musical The Cher Show, Twitter legions, and a key role in Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, this legend stepped it up a notch.

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Bynes Times

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Amanda Bynes had some very high profile problems in prior years, but with a hot Paper Magazine cover story and a new fashion line called Dear selling well, she's on the mend.

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Chappelle Showed

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From massive star to a big huh?, Dave Chappelle came back with a bounce in 2018 with three Netflix specials and a warm cameo in A Star Is Born.

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Slim Shady Stood Up

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Some new music, some new concerts and a new feud with Machine Gun Kelly and even the President helped to martial Mr. Mathers back into Eminem-shape.

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The Dice Got Hot

Andrew Dice Clay has slowly been rehabbing his image for years now, but who would have expected that he would be so warm and likable as Gaga's dad in A Star is Born?

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Queen Reigned

The band Queen of course never truly went away, but with a smash biopic and enormous radio play, 2018 was the year that the Brit rockers emerged victorious.

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Cavallari Catapulted

Former reality star Kristin Cavallari became current reality star Kristin Cavallari with Very Cavallari. The show doubled as a giant ad for her fashion line as well.

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Sandra Oh-MG

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After Grey's Anatomy, Sandra Oh has reemerged with one of the great new TV series of the year. She kills it in Killing Eve.

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A Second Spring For Lavigne

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Avril Lavigne went through some major health issues with lyme disease but returned in 2018 with her first new music in years.

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Seann Was Lethal Again

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All it took was Clayne Crawford to be proven to be a jerk, but when it came time to add a new lead to Lethal Weapon, Seann William Scott was locked and loaded.

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Conners’ Comeback

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Sara Gilbert and company might have been left to exit stage left after Roseanne Barr's public meltdown, but they mustered up the strength to go on and triumph.

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Quiet No More

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With the massive success of A Quiet Place and his new status as action star in Jack Ryan, John Krasinski became much more than just some guy you knew from The Office.

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Toto Not In Kansas Anymore

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Not many would have guessed that one of the most omnipresent songs of the year would have been "Africa" by '80s band Toto, but it was hard to escape the rains down in Africa.

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Trust In Brendan

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Brendan Fraser was a definite A-lister not too many years ago, but his character work in Trust again proved he was more than just a pretty face.

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Dick Danced Again

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Hard to say Dick Van Dyke every went away after decades of fame, but his dazzling dancing in a movie starring a practically perfect nanny stole the show.

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Parton Popped Back

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Dolly Parton has never really disappeared, but with the movie Dumplin' generating Oscar buzz for her original song and the whole film basically a love letter to her, 2018 brought her a new generation of fans.

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Tiger Roared

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At one time he was by far the biggest name in golf, but scandals and the passage of time dimmed Tiger Woods' fame. Winning a PGA tour and several top 10's show that he may be out of the woods for good.

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Tyga Today

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Never count out the eye of the Tyga, as 2018 saw him offer some massive hits after seemingly losing his edge.

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Carrey On

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More somber and mysterious than ever, Jim Carrey's series Kidding again proved that the icon still had plenty of game.

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Abba Cadabra

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Abba not only was the center of another movie, but announced plans for new music and even a possible tour.

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