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Anna Devane
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Finola Hughes as Anna Devane
General Hospital
All My Children
Portrayed by Finola Hughes
Camilla More
(temp; Dec 20, 1991-Jan 20, 1992)
Current status Contract
Duration 1985-92, 1995, 2006-08, 2012-present (on GH)
First appearance April 25, 1985 (on GH)
Created by Gloria Monty
Anne Howard Bailey
Introduced by Gloria Monty (1985, GH)
Wendy Riche (1995, GH)
Jill Farren Phelps
(2006, 2007, 2008, GH)
Lisa de Cazotte (2008, NS)
Frank Valentini (2012, GH)
Book appearances Robin's Diary
Spin-off appearances GH: Night Shift
Profile
Previous legal name(s) Anna Scorpio
Anna Lavery
Anna Hayward
Namesake(s) Anna Donely
Nickname(s) Luv (by Robert and Robin)
Slim (by Luke)
The Adventurous One
(by Spinelli)
Ethnicity English-American
Gender Female
Born October 29[1]
Occupation WSB Agent
Title Special Agent
Residence Devane House
Port Charles, New York

Special Agent Anna Devane is a fictional character on the ABC daytime soap opera General Hospital.

The role of Anna was originated by British actress Finola Hughes since the character's debut on April 10, 1985.

Anna was temporarily portrayed by actress Camilla More from December 20, 1991 to January 20, 1992 after Finola was abruptly fired by then producer, Gloria Monty.

Finola returned to GH in February 2012, to help departure her only living daughter, Robin. Finola was then signed to a contract[5] and is still on the show today.

Casting

Hughes joined the cast of General Hospital in the spring of 1985,[6] and made her first appearance on April 10, 1985.[7] Hughes auditioned for the role of Anna in early 1985, about three months after she relocated to New York. About two weeks later, Hughes was shocked when she actually got hired because the role was originally written for an American actress.[8] In late 1991, rumors circulated that Hughes had been fired. However, instead during contract negotiations, she took advantage of an out clause to work on another project. Hughes last taped scenes aired during the of December 16.

If negotiations went well, Hughes was slated to return by the spring of 1992.

In the interim, she was replaced by Camilla Moore who made her first appearance December 20, 1991. Moore last appeared on January 20, 1992 and Hughes returned to the role for one episode on February 25, 1992.[7]

Hughes briefly returned from November 13 to 22, 1995 as Anna's spirit to comfort the character's daughter Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough), who is dealing with the loss of her boyfriend to AIDS-related illness and is herself HIV-positive.[9]

On All My Children, when Hughes reprised the role of Alex in February 2001 after her maternity leave,[10] Hughes also made her first appearance as Anna on March 2, 2001.[7]

In late July 2003, All My Children announced that Hughes would exit in the role of Anna when her contract expired. Hughes made her final appearance on September 11, 2003. An ABC spokesperson hinted that Hughes could return to the series in a recurring capacity but she never did.[11] Rumors immediately followed that Hughes would return to GH. However, Hughes later revealed in an interview that she was open to a return, but had not been contacted by the series.[12] When Tristan Rogers returned to the series as Robert in 2006, many speculated that Hughes would return to the series as well.[13]

However instead, Emma Samms instead returned to the series. Samms and Rorgers's returns intensified speculation that Hughes would eventually reprise her role,[14] Though initial reports hinted that Hughes refused to return, ABC finally confirmed Hughes's return in April 2006. Hughes first reappeared May 12, 2006.[15] Hughes concluded her stint on August 30, and returned once again from July 13 to August 24, 2007.[7]

In late March 2008, it was announced that Hughes would make a return to General Hospital.[16] Hughes reappeared on April 25, 2008 and concluded her return stint on May 7, 2008.[7] Days later, it was announced that Hughes would soon join the cast of The Young and the Restless and was slated to begin airing on June 19, 2008.[17] At the time, Hughes was not contractually obligated to ABC, so accepted the four episode guest stint.[18]

However, Michael Logan of TV Guide later reported that ABC pressured Hughes into dropping out of the role in favor of a "big" storyline for the summer on GH. Hughes who was scheduled to start taping on May 28, was never actually replaced and her character was never introduced onscreen.[19]

On December 11, 2011, TV Guide confirmed that Hughes would return to General Hospital starting in mid January and would reappear just in time for February Sweeps.[20][21] Hughes first airdate was slated for the week of February 13, 2012.[22] On April 6, 2012, executive producer, Frank Valentini announced on Twitter that Hughes had been placed on contract with the series.[23]

On October 26, 2015, Soap Opera Digest broke the news that Hughes had inked a new deal to remain on GH.[24]

On June 2, 2016, Soap Opera Digest broke the news that Hughes would take a break this summer but would only be gone for a few weeks as GH has a lot downtime this summer.[25]

Hughes took on the dual roles of Anna and Alex starting in April 2017.

Background

Anna was formerly a spy with the DVX and then with the WSB. In the 70s, Anna was married to WSB agent Robert Scorpio and while they are now divorced, in 1977 they had a daughter named Robin Scorpio, but Robert didn't know that Robin existed until she was seven years old. Anna was also married to nightclub owner and former mobster Duke Lavery. Duke and Anna had a compelling love story, and because of his love for Anna, Duke cut all his ties with the mob. Anna was presumed dead in 1992, but resurfaced years later in Pine Valley.

After a romance with David Hayward and the death of their daughter Leora, Anna moves to London and later again joins the WSB as an agent. After visits in 2006, 2007, and 2008 Anna permanently returned to Port Charles in 2012 after her daughter Robin's "death". It was later revealed that Robin was still alive and in November 2013, Anna and Robin are reunited.

She has a daughter named, Dr. Robin Scorpio-Drake with her ex-husband, Agent Robert Scorpio. Through her daughter Robin and her husband, Dr. Patrick Drake, she has two grandchildren: Emma and Noah

As of 2016, she is the head of the East Coast branch of the U.S. Division of the WSB.

AnnaVal2

Anna remembers Valentin

In 2017, Anna recalled that while she was training in the WSB Training Academy in becoming a field agent she met and befriended Valentin Cassadine who at that time was known as Ivan Theodore. She saw him as the best and brightest trainee in the academy even more so than herself. In February 13, it was revealed by an old classmate of Valentin from his time in the WSB Training Academy, that Anna had put him on the WSB Kill List. On March 28, Valentin revealed to a forgetful Anna that they had a one night stand before she presumably betrayed him.

On May 12, 2017, it was revealed that the real Anna Devane is being held hostage in London and that the current Anna is really her twin sister, Alex.

Storylines

Crimes Committed

Health and Vitals

Positions held

Predecessor Chief of Police or Police Commissioner Successor
Commissioner
Mac Scorpio
(1996-2012)
Commissioner
Anna Devane
(2012-2015)
Commissioner
Kyle Sloane
(2015)
Chief
Anna Devane
(1986-1987)
Chief
Guy Lewis
(1987-1992)

Commissioner
Robert Scorpio
(1988-1992)

Commissioner
Anna Devane
(1990; acting)

Commissioner
Guy Lewis
(1991; acting)
Commissioner
Sean Donely
(1992-1995)
Co-Chief
Anna Devane
Burt Ramsey
(1985-1986)
Chief
Anna Devane
(1986-1987)
Chief
Guy Lewis
(1987-1992)

Commissioner
Robert Scorpio
(1988-1992)

Commissioner
Anna Devane
(1990; acting)

Commissioner
Guy Lewis
(1991; acting)
Commissioner
Robert Scorpio
(1983-1985)
Co-Chief
Anna Devane
Burt Ramsey
(1985-1986)
Chief
Anna Devane
(1986-1987)

Family tree

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Thomas
Devane
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Robert
Scorpio
   
   
Anna
Devane
   
   
David
Hayward
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Patrick
Drake
   
   
Robin
Scorpio
   
   
Leora
Hayward
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Emma
Drake
   
   
Noah
Drake

See also

References 

  1. Revealed on January 4, 2017 ... http://tvmegasite.net/transcripts/gh/older/2017/gh-trans-01-04-17.shtml
  2. Duke and Anna were married at the time of his presumed death in 1989, but he was revealed to be alive in 2012. On 11-18-14, Anna states that she and Duke are no longer married, implying their marriage was legally dissolved.
  3. Disguised as Duke
  4. They were together after Faison was revealed to be Duke and even though they broke up, they were still in love.
  5. http://www.soapoperadigest.com/content/finola-hughes-contract-gh
  6. "ABC sees red, drops 'Reds'", Star-News, April 18, 1985. Retrieved on August 17, 2013. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 Who's Who in Port Charles|Anna Devane|. Retrieved on August 17, 2013.
  8. Myers, Ginger; Johnson, R.J. (March 11, 1986). "to GH Odyssey to GH". Soap Opera Digest (American Media, Inc.). http://www.scorpiofiles.com/articles/fharticles1985.html#Odyssey to GH. Retrieved August 17, 2013. 
  9. Matheson, Whitney. "Recalling some of TV's dearly departed." USAToday.com August 31, 2005.
  10. Hughes to return for February Sweeps. Retrieved on August 17, 2013.
  11. AMC confirms Hughes will exit, but is she headed back to GH?. Retrieved on August 17, 2013.
  12. Will Hughes Return to GH?. Retrieved on August 17, 2013.
  13. Tristan Rogers Returns to General Hospital. Retrieved on August 17, 2013.
  14. Is Hughes the Next Legacy Character to Return?. Retrieved on August 17, 2013.
  15. Hughes Returning to GH In May. Retrieved on August 17, 2013.
  16. Tina. BREAKING NEWS : Finola Hughes Returns to GH. Zap2it. Retrieved on August 17, 2013.
  17. BREAKING NEWS: "General Hospital"'s Finola Hughes joins"Young and Restless". Zap2it. Retrieved on August 17, 2013.
  18. Hughes ditches Y&R for "big" storyline on GH. Retrieved on August 17, 2013.
  19. For Y&R, No Hughes Ain't Good News. Lions Gate Entertainment. Archived from the original on May 25, 2008. Retrieved on August 17, 2013.
  20. Exclusive: Finola Hughes Returns to General Hospital. Lions Gate Entertainment. Retrieved on August 17, 2013.
  21. Finola Hughes Returns as Part of Robin's Exit Story on General Hospital. Zap2it. Retrieved on August 17, 2013.
  22. Finola Hughes returning for extended GH stay. Retrieved on August 17, 2013.
  23. BREAKING NEWS: Finola Hughes Put On-Contract At General Hospital!. Retrieved on August 17, 2013.
  24. http://www.soapoperadigest.com/content/genie-francis-finola-hughes-sign-more-gh/
  25. http://www.soapoperadigest.com/content/finola-hughes-takes-summer-break-from-gh/
  26. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRqDdMhB7cE&spfreload=10
  27. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRqDdMhB7cE&spfreload=10
  28. http://www.webmd.com/cancer/lymphoma/polycythemia-vera#1

Start a Discussion Discussions about Anna Devane (Finola Hughes)

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    • Annna Devane should be considered to be Silas/McBain's mother.
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    • Anna started to appeared in 1985 (28 years ago) and had Robin in 1977 (36 yrs + approx 20 years due to her working for the fictional WSB agency...
    • I'd say Anna is 56, Alexis is 49, and Heather is 63. Heather Webber is much older than Alexis, but Anna is younger than Heather and ol...

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