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'Law and Order' Casts: Then & Now

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THEN: S. Epatha Merkerson as 'Lt. Anita Van Buren'

Series: "Law & Order"

Years on Show: 1991-2010

Lieutenant Anita Van Buren succeeded Captain Don Cragen as commander of the 27th Precinct Detective Squad. She is notorious for her toughness, but is sometimes a little too quick to react. In the later seasons of the show, Van Buren is diagnosed with cervical cancer and forced to undergo chemotherapy treatments. —XFINITY Entertainment Staff (Photo by NBC)

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