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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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B&B’s Heather Tom Throws Lead Actress Nominee Luncheon

This year, saw the return of the annual ladies lunch were as is tradition, last year’s winner of the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, throws a luncheon for this year’s nominees.

The reigning women’s champ, now six-time Daytime Emmy winner, Heather Tom (Katie) got this year’s nominees in the category together for a celebration which included: General Hospital’s Genie Francis (Laura), Finola Hughes (Anna), and Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis), along with B&B’s Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Steffy) and Y&R’s Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea).

On Friday, both Francis and Grahn shared pics from the event on their social media accounts.  You can check them out below.

Then, take our poll below: Which actress do you hope takes home the gold next Friday night on the 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on CBS? Let us know via the comment section, as well.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Peter’s On Ice, But Is He “Dead” Dead?

Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital provided more to the back-story of what Finn (Michael Easton) and Elizabeth (Rebecca Herbst) did with Peter’s (Wes Ramsey) body after Finn tussled with the guy and Peter fell down the stairwell and hitting his head on the wall, to his supposed death.

In story, Liz became worried when thinking back to how she suggested to Finn – and that they carried out –  putting Peter’s body in a freezer in the sub-basement of the hospital.

As she recalls their plot (to keep Peter’s body from being discovered until they have time to move him permanently), Anna  (Finola Hughes) is on the move of the hospital and uncovers a hidden service elevator that might just take her to the sub-basement, where she could discover Peter’s lifeless body.

But hold the phone! While we know it was revealed that Wes Ramsey departed GH, could it be that Anna could discover the freezer with no sign of Peter in it? Do you really think his reign of terror is over given that he is Cesar Faison’s bio-son?

Share your thoughts: Do you think Peter is really dead, or will the character come back to haunt everyone and try to get revenge on all who tried to stand in his way of Maxie and his child? Comment below.

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General Hospital’s Sofia Mattsson Reveals Pregnancy

Well, the cat is out of the bag, sort of speak.  GH’s Sofia Mattsson (Sasha) took to her Instagram to finally reveal that she is pregnant in real-life!

That comes on the heels of General Hospital fans watching the story unfold on-screen where Sasha learned she was pregnant with Brando’s  (Johnny Wactor) child.

Mattsson shared a photo of herself with her baby bump expressing: “BIG things happening!! 🙈 So happy and excited to finally share this (almost ready to pop) bump with everyone!! 🥰❤️.Kept it a secret for a while to not spoil anything for GH viewers, but now that miss Sasha Gilmore’s pregnancy is in full force I can finally share that I’m so grateful to be sharing this pregnancy journey with her! ❤️”

Sofia is married to actor Thomas Payton.  This is the couple’s first child.

So, share your congrats to Sofia and Thomas for their baby on the way via the comment section below.

 

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