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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)”

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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
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
Patrick

“… and currently Dr. Hamilton Finn”

that’s where it stops

aria
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 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.

Jimh
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
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
nancy dillingham

Robert and Anna forever! Yes!

Steve
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
Harry

Thank you, Steve. I agree!

Harry
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 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.

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

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

Davy
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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On Monday, the two states with the most television and film production in the United States (California and New York) received a plan from many Hollywood studios, producers and the entertainment and production guilds of a plan and outline to be able to rejigger and restart production of your favorite shows and films.  This includes the soaps: General Hospital, The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful and Days of our Lives.

Via Deadline: In an effort to get the industry moving-forward again where jobs were lost or put on hold, and production were completely stalled out-of-the-blue, the guidelines submitted by “The Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force (the “Task Force”) is asking for consideration and adoption for the resumption of motion picture, television, and streaming productions in an environment that minimizes the risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19,” says a report for Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York.

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You can read the details of the report here.  While there has been no word from the Governors and their offices if they have seen the report, bets are that several more steps will be needed before anyone would head and report back to a set yet.

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So, glad to know that this major step has been taken to try to get production back on track in Hollywood and New York? Comment below.

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The Best of the GH Nurses’ Ball Continues; Which Is Your Favorite Musical Performance?

As part of its encore presentations, General Hospital is entering into its second week of Nurses’ Ball episodes.

Since the show is currently not in production and ran out of original episodes, viewers are getting to see all the glitz, the performances and the drama that makes the annual ball (which usually airs in May) so fun to watch.

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Look for memorable moments this week from James Patrick Stuart’s (Valentin) when he performed Billy Joel’s “And So It Goes” and Josh Swickard’s (Chase) rendition of Portugal the Man’s hit, “Feel It Still” among others.

Here is a rundown of episodes this week to make sure to catch!

Monday, June 1, 2020 Episode 13565 (OAD: 5/25/16)
Franco gives Jake a helping hand. Carly blackmails Ava. Nikolas stops Hayden from talking to Jordan. Musical performances include: Don’t Go Breaking My Heart by Elton John & Kiki Dee performed by Emma Scorpio-Drake and Eddie Maine, This Changes Everything by Chris Ryan performed by Jake Spencer and Franco Baldwin; a striptease to Demon in Disguise performed by Magic Milo and the Magic Wands -(Felix DuBois, Dillon Quartermaine, Griffin Munro, Curtis Ashford and Milo Giambetti).

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 Episode 13812 (OAD: 5/23/17)
Jake shows Emma and Charlotte the Chimera canister that was sent to him. Jason finds Anna’s Chimera necklace on the floor. Sonny has Morgan’s medication

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020 Episode 13813 (OAD: 5/24/17)
Jake is scared when he sees the Chimera symbol on Anna’s necklace. Valentin tells Anna he sold the Chimera to Helena Cassadine. Michael visits Nelle in the hospital. Musical Performances include: Sara Bareillies’ Brave performed by Emma Scorpio-Drake, Amy Driscoll, Kristina Corinthos-Davis and Valerie Spencer, And So It Goes On by Billy Joel performed by Valentin Cassadine and It’s Not Over Yet performed by Josslyn Jacks.

Thursday, June 4, 2020 Episode 13814 (OAD: 5/25/17)
Sonny and Carly learn that Ava switched Morgan’s pills. Nina takes Valentin back. Anna tells Jason she is looking for a bio-toxin known as the Chimera. Jake sees Helena order him to do his magic trick, featuring the Chimera. Musical Performances include: Faith by George Michaels performed by Ned Quartermaine & Olivia Falconeri, Modern Love by David Bowie performed by Dillon Quartermaine & Kiki Jerome and Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen performed by Epiphany Johnson, Felix DuBois, Bobbie Spencer, Amy Driscoll and Deanna.

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Curtis proposes to Jordan. Alexis overhears Finn tell Anna he hasn’t stopped caring for her. Sam finds Faison’s lighter in Peter’s office. Musical performances include: Everyday People by Sly and the Family Stone performed by GH Nurses’ – Epiphany Johnson, Felix Dubois, Bobbie Spencer, Amy Driscoll & Deanna and Feel It Still by Portugal The Man performed by Harrison Chase.

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So, with this being week two of previous Nurses’ Ball episodes being rebroadcast on ABC, what has been your favorite musical performance of all-time in the ball?

Check out this week’s promo from GH below, and Josh and James’ performances that will also air again this week.  Then, l

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GH’s Steve Burton and Maurice Benard Deliver “The Power Performance of the Week”

Last week, as General Hospital aired the final episodes they had in the can, prior to the coronavirus TV production shutdown, viewers of the series were left with a one-two punch of gut-wrenching performances from Daytime Emmy winners, Steve Burton (Jason) and Maurice Benard (Sonny)

Burton, also received great news last week, when he found out he was again Emmy-nominated in the Lead Actor in a Drama Series category, while Benard, told fans he did not submit himself in the competition this year, when they were wondering where his name was in the list of the finalists in the category.  However, Maurice won last year for the second time in his career, for Outstanding Lead Actor.

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Now on last Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series, Jason was trying his best to break it to Sonny that Sonny’s dad, Mike (Max Gail) is not going to get any better as he continues to decline from Alzheimer’s disease, and that Mike is waiting for Sonny to let him go.  Sonny is devastated sitting with Mike watching him being completely unresponsive.  He tell Mike he will be back to see him tomorrow, as he leaves Mike reaches out his hand slowly.

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An overcome Sonny tells Jason that he worries that Mike might still want to fight, but for what? He is a shell of himself and has no memories.  It is then that Burton as Jason, in a touching performance, tells Sonny what he’d want if he were in Mike’s place. Jason reflect that he wouldn’t want machines keeping him alive or his kids having to go through what Sonny is having to deal with right now   Jason goes on to say that even when Sonny put walls up between himself and Mike through the years, that Mike never stopped trying to break them down.

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These scenes for anyone who has endured or lived through losing a loved one battling through Alzheimer’s and having to make a life and death decision, and the emotional turmoil and sadness it causes a family, could feel the pain and heartbreak played  by Burton and Benard. That is why Michael Fairman TV gives Steve and Maurice the honors of The Power Performance of the Week.

Watch a few scenes from part of Steve and Maurice’s ‘Power Performance’ below

Then let us know, what did you think of Steve and Maurice’s performances in the Alzheimer’s storyline? Comment below.

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