Photo: ABC Happy 36th Anniversary to General Hospital actress Finola Hughes - it’s been 36 years since her debut as Anna Devane on...
Happy 36th Anniversary to General Hospital actress Finola Hughes - it’s been 36 years since her debut as Anna Devane on the ABC daytime sudser. She has played the character on and off and has since crossed over to GH's sister soap 'All My Children' and 'General Hospital: Night Shift'. Throughout her tenure, she has been nominated for seven Daytime Emmy Awards for her work as Anna Devane winning the award in 1991.
It has been an awesome 36 years - a great and super-talented actress is Finola Hughes and a fan favorite too. Hughes has shown great range and showed daytime fans exactly why she is a stalwart in the business.
Upon her introduction, Anna is revealed to be the super spy ex-wife of Robert Scorpio and romantic rival to his current wife, Holly Sutton. Anna remained a prominent character in the series until 1992 due to her romantic pairings with Robert and former mobster, Duke Lavery. The storyline in which Duke tries to evade his criminal past with the Jerome family allows for Duke and Anna to become one of the show's supercouples, along with Robert and Anna. However, the storyline ends in tragedy when Duke dies in Anna's arms. Robert and Anna eventually reunite to raise their daughter, Robin, and eventually remarry; the happiness is short-lived, and the duo are killed off in 1992 along with their rival, Cesar Faison.
However, all three were eventually revealed to be alive. Anna reappeared on All My Children as the twin sister of Dr. Alex Devane on March 2, 2001. In addition, working as chief of police, and a brief romance with Edmund Grey, Anna marries Dr. David Hayward and they had a child together; however, that child dies as an infant. Hughes returned to General Hospital for several guest stints between 2006 and 2008. Throughout the summer and fall of 2008, Anna appeared on Night Shift where she supported Robert through his battle with cancer and helped Robin prepare for motherhood. Anna returned to the series indefinitely in 2012 when Robin is presumed dead. She has a romance with Robert's best friend, Luke Spencer, and reunites with Duke, whom Faison is masquerading as. Fortunately, the real Duke is revealed to be alive. Anna has become one of the most respected and celebrated heroines in all of daytime.
Take a walk down "Anna's" lane below!
Happy 36th Anniversary Finola!