ABC soap fans had known Anna Devane for years on “General Hospital,” yet never knew the character had a twin sister until she showed up in Pine Valley, the fictional town where “All My Children” took place. As an “AMC” character, Alex Devane Marick was not yet a sadistic villainess, but rather nursed Anna back to health after she had been presumed dead for years. In 2000, actor Finola Hughes (who previously won for her portrayal of Anna) earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for playing Alex, according to Gold Derby.
For a time, Hughes played both Anna and Alex on “AMC,” but in 2001, Alex left town to live in Europe, and Anna eventually made her way back to Port Charles and “GH.” By the time Alex returned to the “GH” scene in 2017, she was no longer the loving sister: Hughes played Alex as a pure evil woman who would hurt her sister any chance she got in order to get whatever she wanted. In the fall of 2020, Alex returned one last time and kidnapped Maxie Jones (Kirsten Storms). While Anna rescued Maxie, she ended up shooting her sister dead.
It’s a good thing the character of Alex existed, because it allowed the show to rewrite a story in which Anna confessed that she’d given birth to her stalker’s child years ago. When fans were outraged, the soap decided that Alex was really Peter August’s (Wes Ramsey) mother. In 2021, Hughes earned another Daytime Emmy nomination for bringing both characters to life.