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|General Hospital character|
Finola Hughes |
Camilla More (temp; 1991–92)
|First appearance||April 10, 1985|
|Created by||Pat Falken Smith and Norma Monty|
|Book appearances||Robin's Diary|
|General Hospital: Night Shift|
|All My Children|
White Rose (DVX)
The Adventurous One (Spinelli)
|Residence||Port Charles, New York|
Anna Devane is a fictional character from the original ABC Daytime soap opera, General Hospital, played by Finola Hughes. Hughes also appeared as Anna on All My Children, and the General Hospital prime time, spin-off series, General Hospital: Night Shift. The character first appeared on the April 10, 1985 episode of General Hospital as a fence. The character was created and introduced by executive producer, Gloria Monty, and co-head writers, Pat Falken Smith and Norma Monty. 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.
Hughes joined the cast of General Hospital in the spring of 1985, and made her first appearance on April 10, 1985. Hughes auditioned for the role of Anna in early 1985, about three months after she relocated to New York City. About two weeks later, Hughes was shocked when she actually got hired because the role was originally written for an American actress. 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 December 16, last airing on December 17, 1991. 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. 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. On All My Children, when Hughes reprised the role of Alex in February 2001 after her maternity leave, Hughes also made her first appearance as Anna on March 2, 2001.
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. 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. When Tristan Rogers returned to the series as Robert in 2006, many speculated that Hughes would return to the series as well. However instead, Emma Samms instead returned to the series. Samms and Rogers's returns intensified speculation that Hughes would eventually reprise her role, Though initial reports hinted that Hughes refused to return, ABC finally confirmed Hughes's return in April 2006. Hughes first reappeared May 12, 2006. Hughes concluded her stint on August 30, and returned once again from July 13 to August 24, 2007.
In late March 2008, it was announced that Hughes would make a return to General Hospital. Hughes reappeared on April 25, 2008 and concluded her return stint on May 7, 2008. 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. At the time, Hughes was not contractually obligated to ABC, so accepted the four episode guest stint. 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. 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. Hughes first airdate was slated for the week of February 13, 2012. On April 6, 2012, executive producer, Frank Valentini announced on Twitter that Hughes had been placed on contract with the series.
In October 2015, it was reported that Hughes has inked a deal with the series and will remain in the role of Anna.
Anna is introduced in 1985 as skilled jewel thief who takes an interest in Robert Scorpio (Tristan Rogers) and his wife Holly Sutton (Emma Samms). Anna is soon revealed to be Robert's ex-wife whom he divorced upon discovering she was a double-agent working for the DVX. Anna works as Sean Donely's (John Reilly) secretary and partners with him to fence the Aztec treasure. However, the treasure goes missing forcing Anna and Robert to team up which makes Holly jealous. As the revelation about their marriage leads to Holly leaving Robert, Anna teams up with Robert and Grant Andrews (Brian Patrick Clarke) to bring down Donely who has gone rouge. When Robert goes missing during their mission, Anna returns home to find her apartment destroyed and her old friend Filomena Soltini (Argentina Brunetti) tied up. It is revealed that Filomena has been secretly been raising Robert and Anna's daughter Robin (Kimberly McCullough) as her granddaughter. Robert resurfaces and confronts Anna about Robin who overhears the truth and runs away. She is kidnapped forcing Anna and Robert to rescue her. Later, Anna is named co-police chief along with Burt Ramsey (Bob Hastings). In 1986, Anna falls for the handsome mysterious club-owner Duke Lavery (Ian Buchanan). When her friends Frisco and Felicia (Jack Wagner and Kristina Wagner) go missing, Anna suspects Duke is involved but her urges her to trust him. As Duke and Anna are engaged in October 1986, Robert exposes Duke's involvement in a money laundering scheme for the mysterious "Mr. Big." Soon after, Anna's home is bombed and Duke assures Anna he loves her and decides to get out of the mob for good. However, Duke is framed by his boss, the mysterious "Mr. Big" and ends up in jail. Robert then enlist Anna and Frisco's help to expose "Mr. Big" who turns out to be Anna's corrupt partner Ramsey. After the death of his father Angus McKay (Guy Doleman), Anna becomes suspicious of Duke's relationship with his half-sister, Camellia (Elizabeth Keifer). In May 1987, Anna is horrified when the press crashes her wedding to expose that Duke covered up Camellia's murder of Evan Jerome, the son of mobster kingpin Victor Jerome (Jack Axelrod). Anna dumps Duke and starts her own private investigator firm, and a recently widowed Robert becomes her partner. Robert and Anna bond as they work together and he wants to reunite but she chooses to go back to Duke instead. Duke and Anna are married in a traditional Scottish wedding on October 19, 1987. In January 1988, the deranged Grant Putnam (Brian Patrick Clarke) kills Filomena after a failed attempt to kidnap Robin, and abducts Anna instead. Fortunately, Robert tracks Putnam and Anna to the Adirondack Mountains and rescues her. Anna settles into a happy life with Duke while working with Robert as they co-parent Robin. In the summer of 1988, Anna announces she is pregnant. However, Anna suffers a miscarriage in October 1988 when she is trapped in an elevator rigged to fall by Victor's jealous daughter Olivia St. John (Tonja Walker), who had become obsessed with Duke. When Olivia is shot and left comatose, Anna is arrested for her attempted murder. Fortunately, Anna is cleared when Victor's bastard son Dino (Chris DeRose) is revealed to be behind the shooting. Anna is relieved when Olivia is shipped off to a mental hospital in 1989. However, Anna's life with Duke comes to an end when he is killed in a fire in April 1989, as revenge for testifying against the mob.
In 1990, Olivia having escaped the sanitarium tells Anna that Duke is alive and posing as art dealer, Jonathan Paget (Gregory Beecroft). As Anna and Duke are about to reunite, Duke is shot by Victor's son Julian Jerome (Jason Culp) in retaliation for him betraying the Jerome family. Robert postpones his wedding to Katherine Delafield (Edie Lehmann) to comfort Anna. Robin convinces Anna and Frisco to help her friend Casey the Alien (Bradley Lockerman) recover his crystal and return to his home planet of Lumina. Anna, Robin and Casey kidnapped are by adventure novelist P.K. Sinclair, who is revealed to be Anna's obsessive arch-rival Cesar Faison (Anders Hove). Fortunately, Faison's plans to steal Casey's crystals are thwarted and Anna helps Casey go home. On Valentine's Day 1991, Robin sends Anna and Robert cards signed with each other's names. They later attend Robin's dance recital where they continue flirting. After a romantic dinner, Anna seduces Robert only to tie him up and leave him for Frisco to find him. Their cat-mouse games leads to the two falling in love again. Robert ends up in the hospital when someone tries to kill him and his estranged brother Mac (John J. York) is the prime suspect. While Mac feigns innocence, Robert is released into Anna's care and they make love for the first time in years. Robert proposes to Anna and she accepts. They are married on June 28, 1991 in Lila Quartermaine's (Anna Lee) garden. Robin is the maid of honor and Mac is the best man. In November 1991, Anna discovers Lila's presumed dead husband Edward Quartermaine (David Lewis) alive and reunites him with his family. In January 1992, Robert and Anna's happy life is upended by the return of a very much alive Holly. Realizing he's made a life with Anna (again) and Robin, Holly divorces Robert. To make matters worse, Faison kidnaps Anna in February 1992, after killing Anna's childhood Au pair, his own mother, Nanny McTavish (Helena Carroll). Robert immediately leaves to rescue Anna. In May 1992, Anna and Robert are reportedly killed in a boat explosion, along with Faison.
Anna is revealed to be alive in March 2001 when her twin-sister Alexandra Marick (Hughes) returns to her home in Pine Valley to announce that she's been secretly caring for her sister. Months earlier, Alex had been summoned to Canada by Bart (Ralph Waite). Bart had been caring for Anna when she began having seizures. Bart immediately contacts Alex for help. With the help of her brother-in-law Dimitri Marick (Michael Nader) and his brother Edmund Grey (John Callahan), Anna checks into Pine Valley Medical Center, posing as Alex. Alex also enlist her colleague David Hayward (Vincent Irizarry) to heal her sister. While Anna recovers, she has no recollection of her life in Port Charles. Meanwhile, Anna learned from Alex that their aunt Charlotte had put a hit out on her. The failed hit puts claims the life of Gillian Andrassy. Anna settled into her new life and also met her half-brother Gabriel. Charlotte had brainwashed Gabriel to kill Anna but fortunately, the sisters are able to break the conditioning. In May 2001, Anna shares a happy reunion with Robin. While she wanted to be with Robin, Anna knew she'd put her in danger. Anna turns to the WSB for protection and they partner her up with federal agent Chris Stamp to apprehend the drug-lord Proteuos.
In 2002, Anna finds David secretly meeting with Roger Smythe (Mark Pinter), a runner for Proteus. David claims he's been treating Roger's heart condition with experimental drugs. Chris pressures Anna to turn David into the authorities and Anna sets out to protect him, so she offers to marry him. David and Anna are married in March 2002, for convenience, though they've fallen in love. As Anna's is named chief of police, David's mother Vanessa Bennett (Marj Dusay) is revealed to be Proteus. Anna is furious to learn that David played a part in the disappearance of Edmund's wife, Maria Santos (Eva LaRue) and she leaves him. However, soon after Anna learns she is pregnant and reluctantly tells David. She finds support in her nephew Aidan (Aiden Turner). Despite his warms feelings toward her, Anna is suspicious of Aidan. She learns Aidan has been framed for murder and there is still a hit out on him.
David sets out to win Anna back and confesses to his crimes. David is sentenced to community service at a free clinic. Anna goes to visit David and is taken hostage at knifepoint by troubled teen Reggie Porter (Chadwick Boseman). After the ordeal, Anna learns her baby suffers from a congenital heart defect and needs emergency surgery. Since David is still on probation, Anna travels to Switzerland to see a specialist. David surprises Anna by arranging for Robin to meet her there. During the operation, the doctor suffers a stroke and David is rushed to Switzerland to save Anna and their daughter. Anna gives birth to daughter Leora Devane Hayward on February 26, 2003, named after David's late brother, Leo du Pres (Josh Duhamel). When Leora's condition worsens, Joe Martin (Ray MacDonnell) convinces Anna to agree to another surgery. Unfortunately, Leora does not survive and David lashes out accusing him of killing Leora for revenge. Anna in turns finds comfort with district attorney Jackson Montgomery (Walt Willey). Anna reaches out to David only to find him trying to poison the Martins with an amnesia drug. Anna locks David in his cabin until he accepts Leora's death as an accident. In the summer of 2003, Anna oversees the investigation into the murder of Michael Cambias (William deVry). Michael's supposed wife Kendall Hart (Alicia Minshew) is the prime suspect but Anna discovers finds evidence implicating David and Kendall's mother Erica Kane (Susan Lucci). Realizing she couldn't remain objective, Anna leaves the evidence at David's cabin with a letter. She reveals she is going to Paris to with Robin and does not want David to follow 
Anna resurfaces in 2006 when she runs into Robin and a very much alive Robert in the Markham Islands. Robert and Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary) have gotten involved in jewelry heist with Holly Sutton (Emma Samms) and end up in prison. Robin comes to free her father while Anna comes looking for the jewels. Anna promises to visit Port Charles to catch up with Robin and to meet Robin's boyfriend, Patrick Drake (Jason Thompson). Robin comes to Port Charles a few weeks later investigating Lorenzo Alcazar (Ted King) and uses Robin as her cover story. Disappointed to learn that Patrick and Robin have split, Anna convinces Robin to give Patrick another chance. When Anna realizes Robin is in love, she makes sure Patrick feels the same way before she leaves on assignment. Anna returns in 2007 and helps Patrick's father Noah Drake (Rick Springfield) pass himself off as rock star Eli Love during the LIFEbeat concert which is held in support of HIV/AIDS awareness. She and Noah have a brief fling before she skips town again. Anna returns in 2008 and is shocked to learn Robin is pregnant. Anna initially struggles with the news she is going to be a grandmother and gets drunk with Luke. A brief visit from Eli helps Anna come to terms with being a grandmother and she finally told Robin how excited she is. On the prime time spin-off, General Hospital: Night Shift, Anna is at Robert's side when he is diagnosed with colon cancer. Anna finds comfort spending time with Robin and Mac when Robert falls into a coma. During Patrick and Robin's wedding ceremony in October 2008, Robin goes into labor. Anna is terrified when Robin falls into a coma shortly after giving birth to her daughter Emma. Fortunately Robin recovers and enlist Anna as her maid of honor when she and Patrick finally marry in December 2008 and Robert is there to walk her down the aisle.
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Anna returned to town in 2012, as a Valentine's Day gift from Patrick and Emma to Robin. During the visit, Robin is killed in a hospital lab explosion, leaving Anna devastated. She delivers the sad news to Mac and tries unsuccessfully to contact Robert. Robert returns to town and is told by Anna that Robin has died due to the lab explosion. Anna sends Luke after Robert who storms off after looking at Robin's remains in the morgue. When Robert returns he tells Anna that he's the father of Holly's son Ethan Lovett. Luke and Holly told him that Ethan has been kidnapped by Helena Cassadine. Robert doesn't want to lose another child and do right by Ethan. Robert decides to find him and leaves Anna behind before Robin's funeral not knowing that Luke and Holly lied to him in order to give him something worth living for. After Robert left Luke starts to take care of Anna eventually feeling bad that he has to lie to her about Ethan. The friendship of the two grows as Luke asks Anna to move in with him, much to jealousy of Luke's ex-wife Tracy Quartermaine, in his suite at the MetroCourt Hotel. Anna agrees as she doesn't want to be alone.
In April 2012, Anna is visited by John McBain, a former protege of hers from the FBI. As the two spend time catching up on their respective pasts, John asks Anna for assistance in taking down local mob boss Sonny Corinthos, who McBain believes to be responsible for an accident that led to the deaths of Cole Thornhart and Hope Manning-Thornhart and also killing her daughter Robin. When Anna senses that McBain's hatred for Sonny is more personal than McBain would like to admit, he then reveals that Sonny is responsible for the death of his sister several years back during his time with the FBI, but that was revealed to be false that it was Joe Scully, Jr. that did the job and framing Sonny and making Robin's kidnapping occur. Anna also becomes the subject of Heather Webber's obsession, due to her involvement with Luke Spencer.
After Mac Scorpio is let go from his position as Police Commissioner of the PCPD, Anna is offered the job. Anna is effective as the commissioner, as she is able to locate the body of Anthony Zacchara, Tracy's husband who went missing. Meanwhile, Luke is kidnapped by Heather, but is found by Anna just as the cabin he is being held in is burning down. Heather shoots Luke in an attempt to shoot Anna, and she is arrested by the police. Anna later finds out she also hurt Olivia Falconeri in the orders of Sonny's enemy Cesar Faison, Heather's son, Steve's girlfriend, and the mother of her fellow detective, Dante.
When Heather is brought to the station, Anna comes to question her and Heather tells her Robin is alive. Anna doesn't believe her initially, but later interrogates Heather at gunpoint to get answers. Heather says she saw Robin at Ferncliff Sanitarium, where Heather had been. Anna goes to Ferncliff, but Robin isn't there. However, she finds a pamphlet to a clinic in Switzerland, and decides to go there to get answers.
In Switzerland, Anna pretends to be a patient in order to snoop around in hopes of finding Robin. Luke later arrives to help her search, but they don't find her, and decide to return to Port Charles. Luke later tells Anna about the lies he told Robert, and she isn't able to forgive him. Later, Anna's presumed deceased, ex-husband, Duke Lavery, shows up and wants to get back together with her. Initially skeptical, Duke is able to convince Anna that it is the real him, and they grow closer. Later Faison, who is obsessed with Anna shows up and it is discovered he has been wearing a mask so that he can act and look like Duke to try and win Anna's heart. Faison pretends to be Duke for a time and Anna begins to not only believe that he is Duke, but that Duke is falling madly in love with her all over again. Just when Anna thinks she too is falling back in love with Duke, Anna begins to question the true identity of Duke/Faison.
As Faison realizes Anna is beginning to find out his true identity, he takes her away to Switzerland. This is where the real Duke and where Robin are being held captive. Robert tracks Anna down and reveals the identity of Faison just prior to Anna being swept away romantically. Next, Anna and Robert find and free Duke. Robert also comes upon Robin, but is drugged by Dr. Obrecht, an attack which sends him into a long term coma. Anna and the real Duke return to Port Charles. Robin continues to be held hostage by Obrecht and Faison is imprisoned until Obrecht later frees him.
Now, Duke lays low for a while, but tells Anna he still loves her with all his heart and soul. Anna is confused as Luke also wants her back, but she eventually decides to rekindle her relationship with Duke.
Eventually, Robert regains consciousness and remembers seeing Robin. He and Anna then set out to locate their daughter, ultimately finding her on Cassadine Island in Greece. They are unable to free Robin and are themselves trapped on Cassadine island while Robin is transported back to Port Charles She is hidden on Spoon Island, with Faison and Obrecht, following instructions to conduct research in order to keep her parents from being killed. Robert and Anna eventually escape and free Robin. They themselves "take care of" Faison.
Anna is now able to enjoy a reunion with her daughter in Port Charles, continued friendship with Robert and a rekindled romance with Duke.
Eventually, Duke becomes entangled once again with the Mob in Port Charles. This is partly sparked by the return of Julian Jerome and the Jerome Mob connections to the area. Duke makes his allegiance with Sonny Corinthos' forces in order to oppose Julian. This active Mob involvement gradually alienates him from Anna who pleads with him to stay away from criminal activities as long as she is the Police Commissioner. Ultimately, their relationship breaks up. This happens just at the same time that it is discovered that Faison has resurfaced in Port Charles, having only been imprisoned (rather than executed) by Robert and Anna. Anna is in "hot water" with the Justice Department at this point because it is viewed by an investigating agent that she and Robert took the law into their own hands by imprisoning Faison privately.
Duke and Anna reconcile in 2015 and agree to run away together but Duke is fatally shot on the docks the same night they agree to run away. Anna is once again devastated and struggles to overcome the loss of Duke. Anna becomes obsessed with seeking revenge against Carlos Riviera, eventually holding him at gunpoint but with the intent to arrest him for the murder of Duke Lavery under Julian's orders, a crime of which Carlos went on about how he will walk if he's tried for. He taunted about how he will be let go because the charges will never stick. That tormented Anna to the point where she blasted him four times in the chest, "killing" him. Carlos was actually wearing a bulletproof vest with blood squibs in it to fake his death so he could get away with it all.
Since his "death" Anna had been having frequent hallucinations of Carlos taunting her about how she's supposed to be upholding the law but then turned around and violated the law herself, so she decided to talk to Kevin to deal with her grief. Kevin wrote a prescription for a low dose of anti-anxiety medication, but the visions continued. Determined to move forward, Anna slipped into the morgue to see Carlos' body, but Jordan caught her. Anna pleaded with Jordan to help, so Jordan opened the drawer containing Carlos' body. It was empty. They discovered that the body had been cremated, but a review of the examiner's report raised red flags because photos were missing, and the information was incorrect.
According to the report, Carlos had been shot twice, but Anna recalled firing at him four times. Anna realized the records had been falsified -- or the body that was recovered wasn't Carlos. Anna suspected Paul was behind the cover-up and confronted him, but Paul advised Anna to drop it. Anna refused and continued to push until Paul revealed that he knew she'd shot Carlos because Kyle had provided him with proof of her guilt. Paul assured her that he'd taken steps to keep Anna's secret buried and promised that Kyle wouldn't be a problem, since Kyle could be charged as an accomplice.
Meanwhile, Kevin reached out to a colleague to take Anna's case because he thought she needed someone to be objective. Kevin introduced Anna to Dr. Andre Maddox. The sessions started off rocky, but Anna eventually grew to trust Andre. Paul continued to be a thorn in Anna's side because he held her secret over her head. Tensions mounted between Paul and Anna when she took on a cold case -- the shooting of Sonny Corinthos at a warehouse while he'd been rescuing T.J. Ashford. Paul wanted Anna to drop the investigation and resorted to blackmail to force her to comply with his wishes.
Anna returned to see Andre and confessed that she'd killed Carlos. It was the reason she suffered from insomnia. She admitted that one other person knew, and they'd been holding it over her head. Andre promised to keep her confidence, but they had a lot of work to do. Anna decided to bide her time with Paul until she could turn the tables on him.
Things took an unexpected turn when Anna had an encounter with Carlos on the piers. Carlos managed to evade her before she could question him, but she had proof that he was alive because he'd dropped a necklace with "Carlos & Sabrina" engraved on it. Mac Scorpio caught Anna breaking into Kyle Sloane's apartment. She advised him that she suspected that Kyle had been in cahoots with Carlos and theorized that Kyle had set things up to make it appear she'd killed Carlos. Mac wondered whose body had been recovered from the harbor as he and Anna looked around Kyle's abandoned apartment. Anna found a slip of paper with a familiar phone number and decided to call it. She was shocked when Paul answered.
Anna suspected that Paul had killed Kyle and passed his body off as Carlos, but she had no proof. Anna was briefly sidetracked from her investigation when she and Robert joined forces to rescue their daughter from Jerry Jacks and Helena Cassadine's diabolical clutches on Cassadine Island.
Anna decided to hunt down Carlos to prove her theory that it was Kyle, and not Carlos they found dead, so she and Jordan paid Sabrina a visit. Unfortunately, Sabrina had vanished. It quickly became clear that Sabrina had gone on the run with Carlos, prompting Anna to reach out to Robert for help. Anna and Robert quickly picked up Carlos and Sabrina's trail in Halifax, Nova Scotia. However, Paul arranged for Anna and Robert to be detained to buy Carlos and Sabrina time to disappear. Anna and Robert raced to the cabin they suspected Carlos and Sabrina had been in, but the couple had managed to get away with their newborn son. Anna returned to Port Charles and redoubled her efforts to investigate Paul's life.
Jordan eventually collected enough evidence against Paul to arrest him, but Anna begged her to hold off because Anna needed more time to capture Paul's accomplice, Carlos. Anna remained determined to send Duke's killers to jail, but she couldn't take Julian down without Carlos' testimony. Jordan reluctantly agreed.
Anna's life took an unexpected turn when a young man appeared on her doorstep, claiming to be Duke Lavery's long lost son. Griffin willingly took a DNA test, which confirmed that he was indeed Duke's son. Anna and Griffin bonded instantly as she told Griffin about the man he'd never met. Griffin also grew close to Robin and Emma, who visited Anna often.
As time passed, Anna filled Sonny in about Paul's connection to Carlos. She was certain Carlos had decided to remain in hiding instead of cutting a deal with the D.A. Sonny offered to tap Paul's phone and office. Anna couldn't support the plan, but she wanted justice for Duke. A few days later, Sonny told Anna he had a lead on Carlos' location. He provided Anna with a jump drive of Paul's conversation, but he asked her to retrieve the tracking device from Paul's phone.
Anna bumped into Paul at the hospital and persuaded him to let her use his phone to call Robin. She feigned a poor connection, ducked around a corner, and removed the tracking device. Later, Paul arrived at Anna's house to stop her from going to Ecuador with Sonny to capture Carlos. He tried to arrest her, but she chloroformed him, cuffed him to her staircase, and left.
In Ecuador, Anna was forced to remain in Sonny's jet because she was wanted in Port Charles. Paul called Anna while she waited for Sonny to return. She quickly realized that he hoped Sonny would kill Carlos. Anna knew if Sonny killed Carlos, Paul would charge her and Sonny with murder when they returned to Port Charles. She accused Paul of trying to save his own skin because Carlos knew that Paul had killed Kyle. Sonny found Carlos in a church, dressed as a priest. After a brief standoff, Anna burst into the church to stop Sonny from killing Carlos. Carlos took advantage of the distraction and lunged at Sonny. A brief struggle ensued, followed by a gunshot. Carlos had been hit in the shoulder. Anna handcuffed Carlos, and they all boarded Sonny's plane back to Port Charles.
In the interrogation room, Anna told Jordan that she'd been set up to make it look like she'd killed Carlos, but he'd been wearing a bulletproof vest and had goaded Anna about Duke until Anna had shot Carlos in the chest four times. Paul argued that Anna didn't have any proof, but Anna reminded Paul that he had confessed to her that he had killed Kyle to avenge Susan. Jordan arrested Paul and Anna.
Anna was arrested for her own crimes and spent time in lockup. She admitted that she was ready to face the consequences of her actions. Paul blurted out that he was in love with Anna, but Anna scoffed. After Mayor Lomax secured Paul's release, Paul informed Anna that she wouldn't be granted bail because he had concerns about her mental well-being. He said Anna's compulsion to mete out punishment for perceived wrongdoings bordered on irrational, so he wanted an expert to determine her mental stability. Anna was stunned when Andre sided with Paul. After hearing Anna ramble, Andre felt Anna's behavior. bordered on obsessive. Anna accused Andre of playing into Paul's hands. When Paul returned, Andre advised him he couldn't evaluate Anna because it would be a conflict of interest.
At Anna's hearing, Anna entered a plea of not guilty. Paul produced a report from a psychiatrist deeming Anna unfit to be released, but he decided to testify on Anna's behalf so she would be granted bail. Later, a witness named Hale stepped forward and made a statement that he'd witnessed Carlos murder Duke. However, Hale was found dead from a drug overdose days later. Anna suspected Julian was behind the witness's death because Hale had claimed to be clean.
Days later, Carlos escaped while being transported to prison. Anna was certain that Paul had had a hand in staging the accident and Carlos' subsequent escape. Anna joined in on the manhunt and found Carly hiding at the piers. She tried to arrest him, but he managed to overpower her and knock the gun out of her hand. Carlos threw Anna into a meat locker then fled. Trapped and injured, Anna dreamed a vision of Duke. Duke begged Anna not to waste her life seeking justice for him. He wanted her to focus on the time they'd had together rather than trying to change something that couldn't be undone. After Duke vanished, Anna woke up.
Luckily for Anna, Andre found her before she succumbed to hypothermia. At the hospital, Anna and Andre were shocked when paramedics rushed past them with an unconscious Carlos on the gurney. Weak and gravely injured, Carlos begged to see a priest. Everyone was shocked when Griffin revealed that he was a Catholic priest on sabbatical then gave Carlos last rites and heard his confession. However, Carlos died with his secrets. After Sabrina returned to Port Charles, she agreed to cooperate with the police. She told Anna that Carlos hadn't said anything about Julian, but Carlos had been in contact with a mystery person. Anna assumed it was Julian and vowed to take him down.
Anna continued to build her case against Julian for Carlos' murder. The dagger that had killed Carlos had been found at Julian and Alexis' home. The blade had been wiped clean, but there was blood between the handle and the blade. The DNA test confirmed the blood had belonged to Carlos'.
Anna flew to California to spend a few weeks with Robin, Emma, and Patrick. Shortly after she returned home, Paul had been revealed to be a serial killer who had arranged for Julian to be acquitted of all the crimes he'd been charged with. Paul had confessed and was sent to Pentonville for life. Anna felt that she hadn't done enough to keep Julian off the streets.
Anna contacted Robert and told him that she would like to resume her work for the WSB. It was agreed that Anna's home base would be in Port Charles. A short time later, Griffin introduced his ex-lover Claudette and Claudette's young daughter to Anna. Claudette needed help to protect herself from another ex-lover, Valentin Cassadine. A DNA test revealed that Valentin Cassadine was Charlotte's daughter.
After Claudette vanished in Canada, Anna paid Valentin a visit. She sensed something familiar about the black sheep Cassadine, but he denied having ever met her. Anna suspected that he had lied, but she remained determined to help Griffin and agreed to help get custody of Charlotte because Valentin was the prime suspect in Claudette's disappearance. During a lull in the custody hearing, Valentin whispered a Latin phrase that left Anna shaken. Translated, the phrase was, "Open your eyes," and it had been the motto for the WSB training academy. Anna doubted it had been a coincidence that Valentin had referred to the motto. She was a link between Valentin and the WSB, especially since Valentin's Uncle Victor had once been head of the WSB. Robert informed Anna that there was no record of Valentin working at the WSB, so she paid Valentin a visit to question him about the motto. Valentin played innocent and claimed that he'd been referring to Shakespeare's play Richard III.
Meanwhile, Andre had recognized Valentin, but she'd known him under the name of Theo Hart -- the head of an international diamond-theft ring operating out of the Ukraine. Theo had vanished before he could be apprehended. Valentin continued to taunt Anna, but when a picture of her, taken during her days at the WSB training academy, was discovered by Emma in Valentin's possession, Anna reached out to Andre. Anna hoped that hypnosis therapy would help her figure out why Valentin seemed so familiar and had an uncanny insight into her days of training to become an international spy. Under hypnosis, Anna recalled seeing a door at the end of a hallway with a beam of light shining from under the door. She also had a vivid memory of hearing someone whistling a tune. Anna's final memory was of dropping a watch she'd been winding, which had stopped at 11:05 on October 29 – her birthday.
Anna confronted Valentin, who conceded that he'd been in her room at the training academy. However, he refused to elaborate. During another encounter with Valentin, he reminded Anna that not every sinner paid for their crimes then added that she knew that truth better than anyone. Anna had a flashback to her birthday, entering her room at the training academy, and finding Valentin waiting. She recalled him saying, "I have waited so long for this." Anna had recoiled in horror. "No. Stop!" Anna recalled saying to the disfigured young man.
Anna witnessed Griffin storm out onto the balcony to confront Valentin after learning that Claudette had died. Things quickly escalated when Griffin accused Valentin of murdering Claudette. Valentin brutally beat Griffin until Anna and Andre interceded. Anna accused Valentin of being a vicious thug and slapped him. Valentin was stunned and began to stutter. Mortified, he fled.
Eventually, Valentin revealed that he and Anna had once been good friends at the training academy. He had excelled at analytical work because of his high IQ and aptitude for languages. However, Valentin had wanted more than friendship, so he'd tried to kiss her on her birthday. He confessed that her cruel rejection had driven him to sell his skills to the highest bidder to fund the numerous surgeries to straighten his spine and correct his deformities. Anna recalled Valentin had used the name Ivan Theodore at the time and reached out to her contacts at the WSB. They sent a file, but it suddenly vanished off her computer as she tried to read beyond the cover page. Anna called Robert and asked him to track down Carl Browning, a man who'd trained with her and Valentin at the WSB.
Carl advised Anna to keep her distance from Valentin. He explained that Valentin's file had been redacted for a reason then revealed that Anna had put Valentin on a hit list. Anna had no recollection of ordering Valentin's murder, so she went to Wyndemere to get some answers. Unfortunately, Valentin caught her before she could plant a listening device. Valentin demanded an explanation, but Anna -- who'd been suffering from debilitating migraines -- collapsed. Valentin picked her up and raced her to the hospital.
Anna was initially diagnosed with a blood clot, but further testing determined that Anna had a rare type of blood cancer known as polycythemia vera, or PV. Griffin revealed there was no cure, but it was considered a chronic condition that was manageable with blood thinners and regular appointments with a phlebotomist. Robin flew to be at her mother's side and shared the news that she was expecting another baby. Anna was delighted that she'd soon have another grandchild. Their excitement was soon interrupted when Olivia Jerome resurfaced in Port Charles and kidnapped Robin, holding her hostage in an elevator. Olivia also tried to bring Duke back to life by drugging his son Griffin, to use his body as vessel for Duke's spirit. Anna tried to stop Olivia, but collapsed from blood loss after Olivia cut her hand with a scalpel. Griffin eventually came to and saved Anna after Olivia escaped. Anna awoke from her injuries and found Robin with the help of Jason Morgan.
Once home from her PV diagnosis and harrowing ordeal with Olivia Jerome, Valentin visited Anna. Anna advised him she'd recently discovered that she'd put Valentin on the WSB's hit list and begged him to tell her why. She told him she had no memory of it. Valentin refused to fill in the blanks. Anna's determination to solve the mystery of her relationship with Valentin was redoubled when Valentin revealed that he and Anna had been intimate. Anna turned to an expert at the WSB, who helped her uncover more memories. Anna returned to Port Charles and apologized to Valentin for everything she'd done to him.
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