The mystery of Anna Devane’s missing memories had GENERAL HOSPITAL fans intrigued, but the recent revelation that the spy had been replaced in Port Charles by her twin sister Alex caught many by surprise because they weren't even aware that Anna even had a look-alike! It's not surprising, seeing as how Alex Devane made her debut on ALL MY CHILDREN, not GH! But now, with Anna's kidnapping, some fans are convinced that Finn isn't interacting with her, but her twin sister!
Finola Hughes debuted as Alex in 1999 when the neurosurgeon was traveling to Pine Valley with her husband, Dimitri Marick. However, Dimitri died, and Alex acted suspiciously, not wanting anyone to perform an autopsy and insisting on a closed casket at the funeral. But Edmund opened his brother’s coffin and found it empty, forcing Alex to admit that Dimitri was still clinging to life, but close to death and not wanting his loved ones to see him in that condition so they staged his death. Edmund urged Alex to try a radical treatment to save Dimitri’s life, and it seemed as though it was working but Dimitri was presumed dead when he went missing by the ocean.
Alex and Edmund soon fell in love, and he helped her investigate her past when she began having strange memory flashes. It turned out that Charlotte, the woman Alex believed was her mother, had brainwashed her into thinking she was Anna in the hopes of assassinating the secret agent. Alex was shocked to discover her life was a lie and that she had a twin sister she never knew about.
After Alex and Edmund got their lives back on track, things were turned upside down when Dimitri appeared very much alive, and she quickly reunited with her love. But when Alex disappeared off to Canada, both men joined forces to track her down. They were shocked to discover that she’d gone to help nurse her twin sister, Anna, back to health!
Despite the danger from assassins, Anna was transported and kept in a private wing of Pine Valley Hospital where she was treated and finally released. Alex and Anna were surprised when one of Charlotte’s hired killers couldn’t go through with the hit and they discovered he was Gabriel, their half brother! But when an assassin killed Gillian believing it was Anna, Alex was overwhelmed with guilt for the pain she’d brought to everyone since coming to Pine Valley.
Alex left town with Dimitri in 2001 to settle down in Hungary, and many years later, it was revealed that they’d gotten a divorce. But in 2017, it was revealed that Anna's unusual behavior was due to her having been kidnapped and replaced with Alex for a month! Alex revealed that it was her who had seduced Valentin Cassadine to steal the Chimera Project, not Anna. Thankfully, Alex was taken into custody by the WSB, but she later escaped and tried to strike a deal with Valentin to help him out of his own legal difficulties.
Now that the lawsuit between ABC and Prospect Park has been settled, characters from AMC and ONE LIFE TO LIVE can once again appear on GH, such as Llanview visitor, Nora Buchanan. And because Alex was technically an AMC character, thanks to this development, Anna's twin is now available for GH to use in these kind of surprising twists. Could the soap have made another switcheroo? You'll just have to stay tuned to find out!
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