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Happy ANNAversary! Finola Hughes Celebrates Today 30 Years On General Hospital!

Simply, the best!  I think all General Hospital fans would agree that one needs to look no further than former spy and now federal agent Anna Devane, as one of the top daytime female character to be admired who has survived insurmountable odds, fought the bad guys, has been a mother, a lover, and a grandmother … and is sexy as all get out doing it!

Daytime Emmy winner Finola Hughes (Anna), who is a nominee again this year, has brought her style, grace and heracting chops to General Hospital for 30 years and today is the day we celebrate Finola and Anna Devane.

Earlier today, a very special edition of #AskGH was all the rage on Twitter with Finola answering fans questions and many video tributes have been posted and poured in for the big  “AnnaVersary”!

In addition, in honor of her 30th anniversary, Finola also appeared on The Rachael Ray Show.  During her visit, she surprised Dr. Ian who is a superfan of GH.  Finola revealed to the good doc that she brings big news.  GH is giving him a small role on the soap.  “You know, I may not be the commissioner anymore but we’ve managed to secure you a role as a cop on our show,” said Hughes!

After the jump watch a special video tribute put together lovingly by robertannafan and Finola on The Rachael Ray Show.  Then share your well-wishes for Finola, and tell us your favorite Anna Devane moment!

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su0000
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su0000

Both the videos were fun to watch..
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Finola you rock !!!!!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Finola does rock, su. I wasn’t even born when she first appeared on GH, but I completely adored her on AMC. She is just one of those people who just attract, and she’s beautiful inside and out, I’m sure. Go get ’em, Finola….

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Someone on a soap opera—even if there was a break—that long and having many front burner storylines, i consider a lead actress and not supporting!!!

The Substitute
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The Substitute

Read her reason for putting herself in supporting this year it was in SOD last week I am sure you can probably read it on line! Congratulations to FH and please bring Scorpio home from Genoa City and back into her arms! Miss those two’s wonderful chemistry!!!!

Tim
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Tim

Tristan Rogers signed a new contract with Y&R in January,so Robert will not be returning to GH in 2015.

su0000
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su0000

Jimh..
supporting actor has nothing to with how long one has been with a soap..
It’s that a Supporting actor’s day is typically pretty short, whereas its very common to have lead Actors work 10 or 12+ hour days ..

Some actors are an everyday person (lead) and others are sporadic (supporting)

Finola is one of the greats, for sure!

Aden
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Aden

Hi Jim. She definitely has been lead in the past, but not for this nominating year she wasnt. She didnt drive story nor did she have enough screen time to warrant lead. Which is why the Peggy McKay thing boggles my mind. She is the epitome of what supporting actress should be. Finola is a smart cookie…..she knows that under this regime her character has been made to look like a bungling fool who cant even make an arrest for jaywalking. Finola was truly supporting in 2014. I have enjoyed all of her work and I hope one day GH… Read more »

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I know what your saying…Peggy Mckay i love her and she is great but is rarely on and has no real story of her own…FH may not have a real story of her own(well, she did loose her commisioner job and dealt with Duke somewhat which is more story than brief appearances at Days with Peggy who hasnt any of her own story) and FH is shown more so in comparison FH feels more like lead than Peggy…im just glad the emmys are back on tv!!!

Laurie A McRae
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Laurie A McRae

Of all of the actresses/female characters I’ve watched in Daytime television over the last 50 + years, Finola Hughes/Anna Devane are the women I most admire & would like to be, when I grow up. 😉

Lauren
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Lauren

She’s the best! Lucky us for seeing her work onscreen!

Robin
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Robin

Congrats to Finola on her 30th ANNAversary! How lucky and fortunate we fans have been for all these years to have the opportunity to enjoy the talents of Finola and the wonderful character of Anna Devane!! The video tribute is amazing! I’m sure it was difficult to select scenes when there have been so many many great scenes and storylines involving Anna over the years! Some of my favorite storylines over the years have been the flashback backstory of Robert and Anna and the Alien/Faison story. Favorite scenes are way too numerous to mention!! Comedic scenes between Anna and Frisco,… Read more »

Brooke
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Brooke

Finola deserves all the love and admiration she is getting today! A class act all the way around and a wonderful actress. I’ve been a fan since she first appeared on GH in 1985. Anna has had some great storylines over the years and Finola always makes the most of what she’s given. Love love love Finola and Anna Devane!

aria
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aria

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY FINOLA, YOU TOTALLY ROCK! I started watching GH when i was 10, what i love most was when the character of Anna was introduce and later Robin, but what made anna so great was she was like one of the guys, she held her own and could kick butt too, there really wasn’t many women doing that back then in soaps and still today no female character stands out like Anna did, closes one was Jordan, but RC/FV somehow don’t Know how to write kick ass female characters. Still, i love Anna, but i feel RC/FV don’t do… Read more »

Maria
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Maria

Thanks for your tribute, Michael! I have adored Finola for what seems like a life time. I’m so happy she still reigns as the great Anna Devane 30 years after her first episode on GH. She is a treasure !

Timmm
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Timmm

OMG, 30 years! We should all hope to look as good as Finola looks as she ages gracefully! My favorite story with her character was when Grant Putnam kidnapped her and kept her in a cage. I know, morbid but her and Brian Patrick Clarke were golden together!

roberannafan
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roberannafan

Thanks for the shoutout! It is really hard to pick one favorite Anna moment, but I will go with the scene from 1990, Sean tells AnR that it was his fault they broke up and the Swede was alive

Fanny
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Fanny

Finola has played Anna beautifully throughout the years,time has
been as kind to her as she has been to us. And the Emmy goes to
Finola Hughes.

Rose
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Rose

Was so happy to see Finola return to General Hospital. Also liked her in Charmed and Staying Alive (you could really see her dance). Just wish Ron C would give her a prominent role with Anna doing cool things like she used to do. Right now she’s no more than window dressing…she can do more that has a lot more fun and adventure than the dark, downer stories we’ve had the past few years. She really solved crimes and would have never given up on Robin. Unfortunately, this has happened to other favorite actors GH has brought back, like Ian,… Read more »

Edith
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Edith

This was a great celebration for a great actress and one of the greatest characters to ever be created for daytime television. Her performances, when they chose to actually use her, are flawless and she continues to reminds fans like me why I still watch GH. Kudos to a classy lady for an amazing occasion.

Alicia
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Alicia

This was a really wonderful celebration. Even though Anna was nowhere to be found on GH over the past couple of weeks, it was so much fun seeing Finola on The Chew and The Rachel Ray Show as well as having her live tweet with fans on the day of Anna’s 30th anniversary. The photos and videos The Findom shared via twitter over the past few weeks have been phenomenal! Kudos to Finola for reaching this amazing milestone in her career and may she continue to bring us more Anna Devane.

Francine
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Francine

I still think Finola is one of the best things still happening on GH and also in that group are Tony Geary & Jane Elliott. I wish they would use her more! I wish her Congratulations for this great moment! 30 years is really something especially in a genre like daytime TV. She is a class act and clearly the fans believe that too!

Maddie
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Maddie

I don’t think anyone is more deserving of this 30 year celebration than Finola Hughes. She handles her work and her interaction with fans like the true pro that she is and she is very generous by donating all the proceeds from her GHFCW fan gatherings to charity every time she has a gathering. Kudos to her for being such a class act!

Lucerne
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Lucerne

I’d love to congratulate Finola Hughes on this awesome accomplishment. Kudos to her for always keeping the doors to GH open and Kudos for GH for knowing which character and actress they would need to bring back to help meld legendary and beloved with “let’s try some new stuff”. FYI, I still pick legendary and beloved!

Tristan
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Tristan

I remember Anna’s very first episode, as well as the hideous fake scar being worn as “penance.” Always thought Anna was Gloria Monty’s best female creation and the actress remains the gold standard at GH. Now, can we please get a storyline for Anna worthy of Finola Hughes’s great talent? That would be the most fitting celebration of 30 years of Anna Devane and Finola Hughes!!!!

Lucy D.
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Lucy D.

Ditto!. Have loved Anna at first sight. Let’s give her a storyline and a romance–and not that creepy Sloan.

Rodd
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Rodd

Such a talented, beautiful and classy actress! Congratulations and best wishes. Thank you for always delivering your best.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Let’s get real for a moment: Finola’s “30 years” were far from continuous, so it’s not the major milestone promoted here. I think she’s been off the show almost as long as she’s been on the show. Same thing goes for Tony Geary, and with him, he seems to be gone one-half of every year.

Tim
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Tim

I did some research and found out that Finola has been playing Anna(on GH) for roughly 15 years in total.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thanks, Tim. You’ve proved my point.

Tristan
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Tristan

Is it not true that Finola premiered as Anna thirty years ago? I believe the celebration by fans is an acknowledgement of the 30th anniversary of Anna’s arrival in Port Charles.

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Thanks for the heads-up, Tristan, but reread the headline to this story and you’ll see what I mean.

Maria
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Maria

It was the anniversary of Finola’s 1st appearance on GH as Anna Devane. I don’t think anyone assumed she had actually been on the show for 30 years but she did also play Anna Devane on AMC.

Tim
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Tim

In addition to Finola 3 of her cast mates will be celebrating their 10 year anniversaries in 2015,Jason Thompson,Kelly Monaco and Laura Wright all started on GH in 2005.

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