|Finola Hughes as Anna Devane|
All My Children
|Portrayed by||Finola Hughes|
|Duration||1985-1992, 2001-2003, 2006, 2007, 2008|
|Created by||Anne Howard Bailey|
|Spin-off appearances||GH: Night Shift|
Anna Devane (previously Scorpio, Lavery, and Hayward) is a fictional character on the ABC soap operas General Hospital (1985-1992, 1995, 2006-present) and All My Children (2001-2003). She is played by British actress Finola Hughes.
Anna Devane was formerly a spy with the WSB. She currently is with a different agency. Anna was married to WSB agent Robert Scorpio. Although currently divorced, they have a daughter, Robin Scorpio together. Anna was also married to nightclub owner and erstwhile mobster, Duke Lavery, who broke ties with the mob for love of Anna. In so doing, he brought the organization to its knees, and he eventually gave up his life to protect Anna and Robin. Anna and Duke wanted children badly, but lost the baby Anna was carrying due to an elevator crash staged by mob princess Olivia Jerome. Anna and Robert later remarried, but were presumed dead in an explosion in 1992.
Super-spy extraordinaire Anna Devane was found alive after a decade of supposedly being dead in the outskirts of North America. Her twin sister, Alexandra Marick(also played by Hughes), found her in a cabin in Canada near death. Alex and Anna's guardian, Bart, took her to Pine Valley and put her in the hospital under Alex's name so as not to arise suspicion. Dimitri Marick and Edmund Grey helped with the charade. Dimitri opened his home to his sister in law. Upon returning to the turret, they discovered Bart dead. Anna could not remember where she had been in the last decade, but did remember that she was a spy who had many enemies. The Wildwind crew decided to keep everything between them so as to protect as many people as possible. But more and more people became involved, including Dimitri's niece Gillian Andrassy Lavery and her husband Ryan. This would prove fatal for Gillian who was killed by the assassin sent to kill Anna.
Anna felt as if she put everyone in harms way and wanted to get out of Pine Valley. But, her brother Gabriel gave her reason to stay and rebuild her life. Gabriel, Alex, and Dimitri returned to Hungary to comfort Gillian's family. Edmund told Anna she could either go with them or stay with her new family here. She stayed and began a new arc in her life. She even helped Ryan, who she learned to be her cousin by marriage to Duke Lavery, in finding his reason to live.
Daughter Robin Scorpio made her way to Pine Valley to see her mother. The two embraced in finding each other again. Unfortunately, their time was cut short, as Anna still believed her life to be in danger. She sent her daughter back to Paris to protect her from suffering the same fate as Gillian.
Federal Agent Chris Stamp enlisted her help in solving the Proteus case. She fell in love with prime suspect, David Hayward, and helped exonerate him. His drugs where created in hopes of saving his beloved Dixie Martin from her heart problem. Not wanting to testify against him on other drug charges, they eloped in her fourth marriage invoking the martial confidentiality clause. Vanessa Cortlandt, David's mother, was discovered to be Proteus. Someone wanting to get Vanessa’s drug money by threatening to kill Leo du Pres, David’s brother, drugged her. Anna was able to stop him moments before shooting Leo even under the influence of a drug. Anna was offered the job of Police Chief against DA Jackson Montgomery's wish who could not believe an officer would shoot while under the influence of a drug. Eventually, the two grew close. Maybe too close even for David. Her family grew when her nephew Aidan Devane made it to Pine Valley. Between David and Aidan's troublemaking, she was one busy Police Chief.
The marriage was cut short with the revelation that David had drugged and hid Anna's sister in law Maria Grey from her family for over half a decade. She could not be with a man who tore apart a family like what happened to her. At the same time, she discovered she was pregnant. David did everything he could to work his way back into Anna's life, including admitting to some crimes and giving up his job at the hospital for one at the free clinic. Anna's life was almost taken at the clinic when frightened juvenile delinquent Reggie Porter held her at scalpel point. David professed his love for Anna at that point, and the two reconciled.
Their baby had a heart problem, so Anna had to go to a specialist in Switzerland for help. David could not leave because of his probation, but arranged for Robin to take care of Anna while she was abroad. The surgeon suffered a stroke moments before the repairing surgery was to be done in Anna's uterus. David was allowed to fly out a conduct the surgery. They saved Anna and the baby. Leora Hayward was soon born and took the namesake of the late Leo du Pres.
Leora needed another surgery, but David did not want it. Anna signed off the papers without him and Dr. Joe Martin continued with the surgery. Leora did not make it through and David blamed the Martins, who he thought where trying to claim revenge for his past acts against them, for Leora's death. Anna tried to help him, but he pushed her farther away. Anna turned to Jackson again for comfort. On the day of the funeral, Anna told David he had to let go. Weeks later he plotted to wipe the memories of the Martin family at the July 4th celebration, but Anna was able to stop him. In the cabin, they fought and cried together and realized they could not mourn the life of their daughter without each other. When they fall to the floor holding each other, a little girl is seen at the doorway, unseen by them. She smiles to herself and walks out of the cabin, shutting the door behind her.
Anna was tired of covering for David. She discovered he and Erica could have been responsible for the death of Michael Cambias. She went to the cabin and left the evidence she had found and a note for David. David came before she could leave. She told him she was going to Paris to be with Robin and she did not want him to follow her. She walked out the door and out of Pine Valley.
Anna resurfaced in the Markaam Islands in 2006, reuniting with Robert for the first time since 1992. She unceremoniously greeted him with a few good shots to the face. She returned to Port Charles in 2006 to reconnect with Robin and Robert. All the while, she is on assignment for her agency, investigating Lorenzo Alcazar.
Anna spent the summer of 2007 in Port Charles where she tried and succeeded in turning Noah Drake into the drastically paranoid Eli Love to stand in for him at the LIFEbeat concert which was held to support of HIV and AIDS awareness.
Anna returned to General Hospital on April 25, 2008 to learn her daughter Robin was expecting. Unable to handle this news, she got herself into a drinking contest with Luke Spencer, and became very drunk. She left on May 7, 2008, and returned on Friday, June 27, 2008. On July 18, 2008, with the return of Eli Love, Anna finally accepted the fact she was going to become a grandmother, and admitted to Robin how excited and grateful she was. On August 12, 2008, it was discovered that Anna would have a granddaughter.
Anna returned to Port Charles on October 29, 2008 in time for Robin's wedding; Robin gave birth to daughter Emma during the ceremony. When Robin fell into a coma shortly after Emma's birth, Anna was in the hospital to give her strength.  Anna went to grab Chinese food for dinner with Patrick and Robin asked Anna to be her maid of honor at her wedding. Robert, Patrick, Robin, Anna, and Mac shared a meal and toasted family. Robin summed up the meaning of family as she told each of them how much they meant to her and how grateful she was to have family around her so that they could share Christmas together. On Robin and Patricks wedding day, Anna danced with Patrick and told him that she would trust him with her daughter. Patrick thanked her for her trust and said that he would never stop loving Robin.  As Robert watched, he flashed back to the time that he and Anna had told Robin that they were her parents and would love her forever. When Robert turned to Anna and asked if she thought about the time they had admitted being Robin's parents, they were both stunned to learn that they had both been recalling the same moment in time. When Anna remarked to Robert that she was in awe that a young woman as lovely as Robin had been conceived out of their love for each other, Robert responded that it still ranked as the greatest love of all time. Anna had tears in her eyes as she looked from Robert to her daughter.
In an early episode of 2010, Robin indicated that Anna and Robert are once again doing espionage missions. It is implied that Anna spends her free time in London.