In 2017, GENERAL HOSPITAL fans were stunned by the revelation that Anna Devane had been replaced in Port Charles by her twin sister Alex! The news 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! And with Finola Hughes once again tackling the dual roles, it's the perfect time for a little refresher on Alex's past!
Hughes debuted on AMC 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.
Anna was happy to be rid of her twin, but once she found out that they were one of the pairs of twins experimented on by Dr. Cabot, she began to question which of her memories were her own and which were Alex's, implanted by the mad scientist. So she once again had to seek out Alex in the hopes of getting some answers.
Since 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 storylines. Stay tuned to see how the storyline unfolds and for more GH news, keep reading the ABC edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!
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