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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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Maureen
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Maureen

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!

Patrick
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Patrick

“… and currently Dr. Hamilton Finn”

that’s where it stops

aria
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aria

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… Read more »

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Jimh

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…

Sara
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Sara

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

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Robert and Anna forever! Yes!

Steve
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Steve

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.

#TeamLiesl

Harry
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Harry

Thank you, Steve. I agree!

Harry
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Harry

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… Read more »

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

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

Davy
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Davy

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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GH’s Parry Shen Delivers the ‘Power Performance of the Week’

How many of us have lost, or had to say goodbye to our best friend? Somehow fate or illness intervenes and cuts short someone you share so many memories with.

On last Thursday’s episode of General Hospital, Dr. Britt Westbourne’s (Kelly Thiebaud) family and friends gathered for her memorial at the GH chapel.  However, viewers knew of the special connection between Britt and her bestie, Brad Cooper (Parry Shen).

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Devastated at losing Britt, upset that she never told him she about her diagnosis with Huntington’s Disease, and mourning her death, Brad comes to her former office, where Britt was the Co-Chief of Staff at the hospital. After exchanging heartfelt moments with Britt’s mother, the grieving Liesl (Kathleen Gati), and Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Brad (with a paper bag in hand) spends some time alone in Britt’s former office, which has now been cleaned out.

Next, Brad takes out a carton of ice cream (for those who know the back-story, Britt and Brad would sit together each with ice cream and watch the red carpet at the Nurses’ Ball on TV and hoot and howl at the residents of Port Charles), and thus begins a very emotional and five-hankie moment, where Brad recalls all the key moments in their friendship.

Parry Shen was so touching in this scene, that if you have been a fans of Britt and Brad’s friendship, we are sure you shed some tears.

Later, during the memorial, Brad is pained listening to the others eulogize Britt, and when it is his turn to speak, he does his best to get through it and pay homage to his best friend.

We will miss the Brad and Britt friendship as will many GH viewers for it was one-of-a-kind on the soaps – two originally, not so nice people, doing bad things and finding common ground with each other, and eventually turning their lives around and being there to support each other.

For all of these scenes mentioned above, Michael Fairman TV names Parry Shen’s work, the Power Performance of the Week.  You can check out a clip featuring Shen below.

Now, let us know, what did you think of Parry’s Performance during Britt’s memorial episode? Comment below.

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Marcus Coloma On His GH Exit: “I Don’t Know Why That Decision Was Made, But I Don’t Feel Any ill Will and I Didn’t Feel I Got Fired”

This week, GH fans saw Adam Huss returning to the ABC soap opera as Nikolas Cassadine to finish out the rest of the scenes originally intended to be played by Marcus Coloma who ended his three-year run on the show a tad early.

As has been previously reported, Coloma came down with Covid-19 as his final tape days neared, and a decision was made for him to not return to finish off his last run of episodes.

With all the rumors and stances taken by everyone involved, Coloma was the special guest on this week’s episode of the That’s Awesome Podcast hosted by Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson and discussed his departure from the long-running daytime drama series.

Marcus expressed that when he took the role on GH, he was excited to be in that kind of environment (working on a soap opera), and only signed on for three years.  However, as time went by it became more difficult to reconcile leaving when his contract was up, sharing: “You fall in love with the crew and everybody along with it. So, two and a half years in, this decision that was so clear in the beginning is getting complicated.”

The actor added that while, “I knew the end was coming, it wasn’t like GH was saying, ‘Hey, Marcus, we want you to stay.’  There was no negotiation … and all I can say to that is I don’t know why that decision was made, but I don’t feel any ill will and I didn’t feel like I got fired. It just felt like … there was maybe an understanding that I was going to be there for three years. The big surprise is how much it hurt. Even though I knew I was going to leave.”

In the end, Coloma reflected that this may have concluded as it should, adding, “I really do have some big goals and those goals would have never been realized if I would have stayed. That’s not to take anything away from GH because I admire everything about it.”

Watch the episode of That’s Awesome featuring Coloma below.

Then weigh-in, what do you think of Marcus’ thoughts on his exit as GH’s Nikolas Cassadine? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Adam Huss Back to GH as Nikolas Cassadine

With Marcus Coloma’s last appearance as Nikolas Cassadine on last week’s January 26th episode of General Hospital, the soap opera brought back Adam Huss to finish out the dark prince’s storyline.

According to Soaps.com. Huss aired today on the January 31st episode of the ABC daytime drama series and will finish out the scenes that were written to be portrayed by Coloma.

Adam previously subbed for Coloma back in September 2021 and again in November 2022.

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After it was announced that Coloma was leaving GH, the network and the series agreed that it would be best that Marcus did come in to tape his last episodes since he was recovering from Covid-19 at the time.  Thus, we are seeing those episodes featuring Huss now airing in early February.

So, glad to see Adam back to wrap Nikolas’ current storyline? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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