DC's Top 10 Female Entertainers of 2012
No. 1: Finola Hughes, General Hospital
Hey Madison Avenue, the sexiest, most cerebral (Okay, when she wasn't being duped by Faux Duke!) female character on a soap opera in 2012 didn't fall into your precious 18-49 demo. Let's here it for the vets!
After several return stints that only served to spoof her beloved superspy character Anna Devane, Finola Hughes returned to General Hospital in 2012 to mourn the "demise" of her daughter Dr. Robin Scorpio Drake (Kimberly McCullough). This time, GH got it right. Hughes was offered the kind of meaty material as Anna she hadn't been afforded since the second season of General Hospital: Night Shift.
As Anna lashed out at Patrick (Jason Thompson) over his indiscretions and bonded with old pal Luke Spencer (Anthony Geary) over the enormity of a child's death, Hughes managed to kept Anna teetering just on the verge of falling off into an abyss of eternal grief. Anna busied herself by going back to work at the PCPD, assisting former trainee John McBain (Michael Easton) in trying to find out how his sister really died. She also tangled with whacked out Heather Webber (Robin Mattson), who sent her reeling with the revelation that Robin wasn't really dead after all.
The rest of the year saw two of Anna's ex-husbands return to her life, and one deadly foe masquerading as one of said ex-husbands. And some women complain about juggling carpool duties with that Power Point presentation that's due at work on Monday!
Through it all, Hughes kept Anna's every action and reaction grounded and believable, displaying an old school grace and sense of humor that's been missing in a generation of cookie cutter soap starlets. Welcome home, girl.