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Finola Hughes On Her 35th Anniversary as GH’s Anna Devane Shares With Fans: “Thank You For Embracing Anna’s Badassery”

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It was 35 years ago today on April 10th, 1985 that viewers first saw super spy  (then posing as jewel thief) Anna Devane as played by Finola Hughes on ABC’s General Hospital. 

Over the decades, Finola has taken us all on a journey with Anna, no matter if she was embroiled in high-stakes adventure storylines, being the mother to Robin Scorpio, her heart-stopping scenes with Anders Hove as Faison, and of course, Anna’s romances with Robert Scorpio, Duke Lavery and currently Dr. Hamilton Finn.

Back in 1991, Finola won a Daytime Emmy for the role in the Outstanding Lead Actress category – see ABC promo that aired promoting her win below, as well as the first scenes where Robert and Anna first “meet”.

On her Instagram to mark this milestone, Finola shared: “This happened #35 yrs ago when I started at #GH. That day I couldn’t have known I would play this character on and off over the next three decades and love it so much. I couldn’t have known the extraordinary friends and family I would make. I couldn’t have known the outpouring of love from our dedicated audience. I also didn’t know the life I would lead in my adopted country and the welcome I would feel or the children that were to come. Thank you for embracing Anna’s badassery. Love you lots #staysafe #staysane #stayhome (I also didn’t know what was going to be under my peek-a-boo hairdo, but that’s another story)”

Share your congratulations for Finola via the comment section below and let us know what your favorite Anna Devane moment has been since Finola landed the role on GH!

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I grew up watching you! I loved the storyline when Robin was kidnapped as a child and how she runs into Anna’s arms. Love your chemistry with Tristan and Ian. I’m excited for Anna and Finn. Loved the adventures from he 80s and how you still kick butt! You are an amazing actress! I had the pleasure of meeting you at Super Soap too! You were so gracious and welcoming. Congrats on 35 years! GH rocks and so do you, Finola!

“… and currently Dr. Hamilton Finn”

that’s where it stops

where to begin, I remember being a kid and being in awe of Anna Devane, she was badass from the get go, and i remember when grant Putnam kidnapped her and had his dog satan hovering over her in that cage,I remember the fight before his psycho ass over power her. the asian storyline, loved her back story w/ Robert and how they met a fell in love. anything WSB, the adventure storyline w/ Robert, Sean, frisco, and Felicia. and when I heard she was going to AMC I was heartbroken because I wanted her to be on GH but I still followed her and love how they played around w/ weather Alex was Anna and then how Alex was also a spy and a doctor, I hated how GH changed Alex amc story from heroine to cartoonish villain on GH, because if any followed the amc Alex version she was protective of Anna not her adversary. I do hate how GH has never really told the story of what happened to Robert and Anna and how they ended up separated from each other once they went missing from that explosion on the boat w/ Faison in Venezuela. Both. characters came back separately and no real explanation as to what happened. wish GH would do a Anna Centric episode, instead of wasting time on Carly. I imagined in my head that when Anna and Robert went missing after the explosion Anna loss her memory, and she was pregnant w/ Robert offspring and that they have a child out there daughter preferably and that she is more like mom and dad and is a wsb spy and kick ass chick like her mom. thank god Peter is her nephew and not son, that storyline w/ her sleeping w/ Faison is sooo sick. and Peter is pathetic, but again I love Anna Devane, and I’m glad she’s around and I love her pairing w/ Finn. congrats Finola.

i once read she audition for the role of Victoria Winters for the 1991 Dark Shadows revival-the role went to Joanna Going ex Lisa Grady Another World…i see Allen Fawcett-ex Kelly McGrath of Edge Of Night also played on GH…just talked to him online the other day…

Love Anna and Robert! Their chemistry is sassy and effortless. As much as I love Michael Easton, Finn and Anna are incredibly forced.

Robert and Anna forever! Yes!

Let’s bring back the “badass” Anna and not the shell of a character she currently is. The only was to redeem what’s been done to her is for her to be responsible for Peter’s downfall with a reveal that is neither her, nor Alex’s son.


Thank you, Steve. I agree!

That’s just it! Anna has not been a bad ass for the last five years…at least! In fact, for the few years she has been a sobbing, wet mess of her former self. I want Anna to go back to being the lean, mean fighting machine we all know and love. It started with Duke’s second (or third?) death and culminated with the arrival of Peter, Peter, Pumpkin and spirit eater. Please, we all know Finola is an amazing actress but can we please have ONE scene which doesn’t involve Anna sobbing? Moreover, she has zero chemistry with Finn and appears to be way too clingy and kind of desperate with him. We want the feisty, independent Emma Peal of dayime back. The only thing which can make this right is for it to turn out to be that her sister Alex has been impersonating Anna for the last couple of years and even that would feel like a cheap way out of the mess the writers have made of Anna’s character. But still, I will take it.

But she’s not a badass anymore! Just gullible and fragile. I want the old Anna (badass) back!

This is off topic, but what is with all the flashbacks? Recent episodes seem to be 50 percent flasbacks, making the annoying birthay party last forever!

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General Hospital’s Maurice Benard Defends Sonny Going Postal, “It Could Definitely Happen”

Last Friday’s May 17th cliffhanger of General Hospital saw Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) beating up Dex (Evan Hofer) and threatening to shoot and kill both Dex and Jason (Steve Burton), who is restraining him outside the ballroom at the wedding reception of Brook Lynn (Amanda Setton) and Chase (Josh Swickard).

For months, Sonny has been taking less than his prescribed dosage of medication to control his bipolar disorder.  The mobster has no idea that he has been duped by Valentin Cassadine (James Patrick Stuart), who is the one that set this dangerous situation in motion, in an effort to eliminate Sonny and eventually Jason from interfering in Pikeman taking over the territory.

One fan questioned the validity of Sonny’s reaction to Dex and Jason after the pei, when he took to X and expressed, “People off their medications don’t necessarily go around hitting people and being out of control. This was the WRONG message to send. I don’t expect anything from Frank Valentini and General Hospital anymore, but you could’ve (and should’ve) stopped it cold.”

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Maurice Benard replied back to that comment and defended the actions of Sonny given the circumstances. The three-time Daytime Emmy-winner shared, “This is true but when you have a character like Sonny who’s volatile and is drinking and is manic and his thoughts are taken him over it could definitely happen like I said, ‘bipolar ain’t pretty.”‘

GH has portrayed Sonny’s battle with mental illness and the importance of keeping on your meds, plus the issues surrounding it for years. However, some fans have not been pleased by this latest plot point.


The pick-up of the story begins tomorrow on Monday, May 20th where teasers for the episode share: Sonny is horrified. Blaze consoles Kristina (who walked in on her dad threatening Jason and Dex) and Jason summons Carly.

So, what did you think of the plot point of Sonny threatening to kill Dex and Jason, after beating up Dex, given his growing paranoia? Comment below.

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Giovanni Mazza On Contract at General Hospital: What Are Your First Impressions?

This week, General Hospital introduced newcomer Giovanni Mazza in the role of Giovanni Palmieri, who apparently is Brook Lynn’s (Amanda Setton) second cousin, one removed or so the story goes.

The character of Gio showed up at Brook Lynn’s wedding to Harrison Chase (Josh Swickard) and played the violin at the ceremony. As has been previously reported, Mazza in real-life is a professional violinist and actor.

Upon making his first appearance on the ABC daytime drama series back on May 15th, fans wondered if Gio will be sticking around and that was confirmed by the closing credits of the May 17th episode where Mazza’s name is included along with other contract players.

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When the news of Mazza’s casting was announced, the talent young man took to his Instagram and shared the good news, expressing, “I am so honored, grateful, and ecstatic to announce the big news! The biggest thank you to General Hospital for bringing me.” He closed his sentiments with “So much love and joy to my new fam! YAY!!! ”

Commenting on his post included new castmates Evan Hofer (Dex) saying, “Happy to have you brother,” plus Tabyana Ali (Trina), Eden McCoy (Joss) and ABC executive Nathan Varni who said, “Congratulations! Welcome to GH!

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During the May 17th episode, Gio had an exchange with Dex, where he mentioned that his father was in the military back in early 2000’s.  Previously, Gio revealed to Chase that his father died in the military when he was young. So this begs the question, who is Gio’s dad?

What were you first impressions of Giovanni Mazza in the role of Gio? Who do you think he might be romantically involved with and might be also related to other than the Cerullos? Comment below.


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Michael Easton Shares on the Loss of Kamar de los Reyes, “I Was Holding His Hand When He Passed”

For the first time publicly, General Hospital’s Michael Easton (Finn) opened up about losing his best friend, the late Kamar de los Reyes (ex-Antonio, OLTL) to cancer.

The former One Life to Live and All American star lost his battle to cancer back on December 24, 2023 at the age of 56. De los Reyes leaves behind his wife, actress Sherri Saum (ex-Sunset Beach, OLTL) and their twin boys, Michael and John, and his eldest son, Caylen from a previous relationship.

Easton along with Y&R’s Trevor St. John (Tucker) were both castmates with Kamar during their time on One Life to Live. The two shared their remembrances this past Thursday night during’s live virtual event, Daytime Stands Up – A Benefit for Stand Up To Cancer … We All Have a Story.

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In tribute, Michael expressed, “It was a 30-year friendship with Kamar. We did our first movie together in 1990. I was scared and I was quiet and I was instantly drawn to his bravado and his sense of himself. Kamar was larger than life. He was the best man at my wedding, and I am the godfather to his son, Michael. His loss was profound on all of us.”

He added, “There hasn’t been a day gone by that I haven’t thought of him, and his family and what he brought to this world, and the contributions he made, not only to this acting community. He loved being an actor and he was a great actor. I always like to say Kamar was such a good actor that they cast him as a priest, not just once, not twice, like seven times. I mean, he was often shirtless. But, if you needed a shirtless priest, Kamar was your guy.”

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When discussion turned to the end of Kamar’s life, Michael shared, “I was holding his hand when he passed, and he was surrounded by family and, and friends. There was so much love around him. I mean, he touched so many lives. I mean, Trevor knows that at his memorial, it was the biggest, at Forrest Lawn. They couldn’t even fit everybody in. There was people stretched out all the way to outside. People showed that hadn’t seen him in 20 years. That was the effect. So many of the One Life cast members came and cast from All American.”

Michael also spoke to Kamar’s determination till the end and his incredible work ethic, “Extraordinarily enough, he went to work two weeks before he passed at All American.  He was fierce to the end. He never talked about being sick. Even though the odds were stacked from the very beginning, and it’s still really hard for me to talk about, but I was in awe of his strength and his resolve. I would’ve shut down long before he did.”

If you haven’t done so watch below 46:47 mark for Michael and Trevor’s emotional appearances on Daytime Stands Up as they share their memories on Kamar.

Then let us know, what you thought of Michael’s candid tribute to his best friend via the comment section below.


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