"Seems like I'm going
to spend half my life arresting my own family."
-Anna to David after finding him
outside Cambias apartment
Hughes accompanied her husband, artist Russell Young, to the opening of the
first U.S. location for the italian home furnishings store, Minotti, in Los
Angeles. Young's pieces, which are silk-screened paintings of celebrity mug
shots, are sold at the store and have caught the eyes of many A-list stars."
Pictures"- Finola attending Russell Young's [her hubby] art
exhibit with their son.
Thanks to Jeannette for sending
me the text for Finola's latest
articles in SID and SOW. Also, read a fun "Hughes
is a Stayin' Alive Mother" article.
About Face: Although Cameron Mathison no longer works with former
AMC cast member Finola Hughes, he is reminded of her every day- in a
roundabout way. You see, the actor's apartment boasts a portrait of
legendary actor Steve McQueen, designed by Hughes' artist husband,
Russell Young, who silkscreens mug shots of such famous (and
infamous) faces as Frank Sinatra, Jane Fonda and Charles Manson.
"It's the centerpiece of our living space," Mathison says
proudly. "When I went on his website [russellyoung.com], I
thought his work was extremely creative. I had to have it."
Mathison isn't hte only fan of Young's work; everyone's favorite
friend, Jennifer Aniston, bought one for hubby Brad Pitt.
"Russell is very talented," praises Mathison, "and he
has a very hot wife, too!" (SID 9/28/04)
Finola Dishes Soap Dirt Ever
wonder what really goes on behind the scenes of those steamy soaps? Finola
Hughes, a former star of All My Children and General Hospital,
is dishing the dirt, in a novel to be called Soap Suds. "I have been
writing bits and pieces for the last10 years," she tells us. The names will
be changed to protect the innocent (and not so innocent) — but, Hughes says,
"If you are in the know and you know soaps, you will sort of know who I am
referring to." When she isn't writing, Hughes hosts the series How Do I
Look?, debuting Jan. 16 on the Style Network. (People.Com 1/13/03)
Read about Finola at New
York Children's Museum for a Disney
Blast from the
Past! On VH1's
series on the 1980s, Finola states in the 1983 episode that only Sly Stallone
got what the last dance number was all about in the movie Stayin' Alive.
Tuned In: Maxwell House She
was joined at her press conference by actress Finola Hughes, host of Style's
"How Do I Look?" (9 p.m. Jan. 16), another makeover series. The pair
hit it off, with Maxwell frequently complimenting Hughes and gently touching her
arm. Maxwell's real gender was something no critic seemed willing to touch,
until one asked Hughes if there was any truth to the rumor that she is a
man. "I just wanted to say, I wore these pants and they really hide my
penis," Hughes joked, rising from her seat to adjust her slacks. [excerpt
from the post-gazette.com]
E! featured a dual panel for two upcoming projects: the retro homemaker series
The Brini Maxwell Show” and the Finola Hughes-hosted makeover show “How Do I
Hughes you may know from “All My Children,” or
“Blossom” or her fine work opposite John Travolta in “Staying Alive.”
Maxwell, on the other hand, is a relative unknown who hosted a cable access show
in New York for several years.
Maxwell was also born with the
name Bend Sander and is considered one of
Manhattan’s pre-eminent drag performers, though neither fact was listed in
“her” bio- which turned the entire press conference into a cat-and-mouse
game where reporters tried to get Maxwell to discuss the gender question.
First, one critic commented that Maxwell’s biography “is still a bit
thin.” Another asked what Brini thought of "Queer Eye for the Straight
(“Those boys seem so nice and ordinary, it’s hard to imagine they’re
gay,” she responded.) Someone asked about Brini’s dating life (“I’m a
single girl”), while another wondered if she might have “a disguise”
prepared in the event she becomes too famous to go out in public alone.
“Oh, well, you might not recognize me on the street,”
Maxwell said, “but then again, you might. Who knows?” “Who is more of a
role model for you: Doris Day or RuPaul?” one critic asked, but Brini refused
to take the bait, answering with Doris Day.
Finally, the room got so frustrated with Brini’s
evasiveness that one reporter actually asked Finola Hughes if the rumors were
true that SHE is really a man. Laughing, Hughes pointed to her baggy trousers
and noted that they did a good job of hiding certain parts of the male anatomy.
(excerpt from www.nj.com Weblogs, 1/8/04)
ABC Daytime Exec Puts Foot in
Mouth... Again! Frons tells us he
"worked a good deal for everybody" to keep AMC's Michael E. Knight
with the network, but other superstars of the 80s and 90s weren't so
indispensable. Among them GH's (Wagner/Felicia) and AMC's (Anna/Hughes). Frons
says he asked Wagner to take a paycut "to reflect her change in
status" from romantic heroine to matriarch. Wanger balked, and then walked.
Hughes left her NYC soap when Frons declined her request to return to LA and GH,
where her character had started. He says the GH writers liked her but didn't
care to make room for her- a decision that would have been inconceivable a few
years ago. [excerpt from Michael Logan's article in TV Guide]
A&E- All My Children: A
behind-the-scenes look at the appeal and staying power of the TV soap opera that
has kept devoted fans glued to the tube since 1970. Includes a look at how an
episode goes from the idea stage to the sound stage and out to one-and-a-half
million viewers. Femme fatale Susan Lucci talks about the show, along with
Finola Hughes, Julia Barr, Ray MacDonnell, and Executive Producer Jean Dadario
makes her final appearance under contract on September 11. "I cherish the
friends that I made at AMC," smiles Hughes, who is relocating to the West
Coast. (SOD 9/16/03)
Izarry on Hughes' Exit: I Was
Very Sad. Although Finola Hughes technically is on recurring status with
AMC, leading man Vincent Irizarry treated their final scenes- which aired
September 11- as a sad farewell. Recalling the taping of David and Anna's big
breakup, Irizarry says, "I was very sad, to be honest with you. The scenes
were wonderful and very well-written. The writers throughout this whole time
have written us some wonderfully challenging and very mature and very different
material and storylines to play with."
Irizarry is prepared to face a Hughes-less AMC future. "We've had a great
time working with each other. I consider her to have been a wonderful dance
partner- even though every once in a while, she had a tendency to want to lead,
which is okay. I don't mind," he says with a chuckle. "She's
fantastic, and I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to have worked
with her. She elevates the quality of any show she is on, and I consider her to
be a consumate professional and a great person." (SID 9/30/03)
Cast Cuts Rock Daytime! The
official story regarding the exit last week of AMC heavy hitter Finola Hughes is
that Hughes opted to leave to live full-time on the West Coast with her husband
and yound son- and that the show did everything in its power to keep her around.
"As far as I know, everyone really did want her to stay," insists one
high-ranking AMC source. Sighs the show's head writer, Megan McTavish:
"Losing Finola is very sad. We're going to miss her. But it happens;
[actors] have lives outside of the show. I get that."
are whispers that Hughes's departure was hastened by AMC's ever-tightening purse
strings. "Finola doesn't come cheap," notes a source. "The way
daytime is today, they're just not making the same kinds of [contractual]
offers, even to 'name' actors."
recently launched a jewelry line, has already landed her first post-AMC gig: All
this week, she'll be hosting the Style Network's coverage of the Mercedes-Benz
Fashion Week Spring 2004 Collections. "That's going to be really exciting,
really fun," grins the actress. Not that she doesn't nurse a few regrets
about shedding the skin of her police-chief character. "I would like to
have solved a good murder mystery before I left," she says. "I would
love to have solved anything, really!"
because she left doesn't mean her star isn't stil on the rise, says [Michael]
Bruno. "Finola Hughes has power and can leave," he says.
"Finola will end up on Bold and Beautiful before she ends up on General
Hospital." (excerpt from SOD 9/23/03)
Finola Speaks Out About Her Exit,
and The GH Talk- Just days after ABC announced that Hughes will exit AMC
this fall, the actress- declining to elaborate on the why behind her
decision- shared, "I have had the most extraordinary concentrated, fabulous
four years with AMC, and I've made amazing friends,"- real-life marrieds
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, Rebecca Budig and Cameron Mathison among them.
"It truly has been an incredible experience, topping the list being that I
leave here with a small son [Dylan, now age 2 and a half], which I didn't have
when I came."
scoffs at talk that she has plans to resurface on GH, where she created Anna.
"No, no...," she says, shaking her head. Which is not to say daytime
is bidding a final farewell to the dangerous beauty. "I love playing Anna.
She's the best," raves her portrayer, who, pending availability, may recur
on AMC. Noting that the lady spy-turned-cop was a one-of-a-kind, smart female
soap character, Hughes shares this regret: "I would've liked to solve a
good murder mystery before I left [AMC]. That would have been fun. I would have
like to solve anything, really."
for the Emmy winner? For one, the launch of a line of diamond jewelry, designed
by Sol Rafael, bearing her name (soon to be available at fine stores). Also, her
family's move back to Los Angeles, into a new home next to that of longtime pal
Susan Flannery (Stephanie, B&B). "We are literally next door,"
Hughes smiles, "but you must consider that Susan has a farm!"
Editor's Note- "Dear Readers, It's always
when a popular actor returns to a role. But on soaps, as in real life, someone
who's been away doesn't always fit in when the get back.....
Despite the clamor for Finola Hughes's return to General Hospital, I wonder if
the same fate might befall Anna. Robert's gone; Anna's daughter, Robin, is gone;
Duke is gone. Would Anna fit in? If GH couldn't find Felicia, the mother of two
major teen characters on the show, a front-burner story befitting a popular vet,
is there hope for Anna? I'd love to see Hughes back on daytime, too, but
actresses of her caliber don't come cheap, and wasting that kind of talent would
be a crime." (excerpt from Lynn Leahey, SOD 9/2/03)
AMC's Hughes Goes West
As previously reported, Finola Hughes is set to exit AMC this fall. She'll
finish taping in September, then relocate full-time to Los Angeles (where her
next-door neighbor is none other than Susan Flannery, B&B's
Leaving AMc will be bittersweet
for the actress. "I've had the most extraordinarily concentrated, fabulous
four years with All My Children," she notes, "and I've made some
amazing friends: Kelly [Ripa, ex-Hayley] and Mark [Consuelos, ex-Mateo], Richard
Esposito, my hairdresser, and Rebecca [Budig, Greenlee]..."
AMCers will miss her, too. One of Hughes's first calls after her departure was
announced was from Cameron Mathison (Ryan), who just returned to the sudser.
"Cameron left me this message on my cell phone saying, "What do you
mean? I just got back!" she laughs.
As for Anna, a role she
originated on GH in 1985, Hughes says, "I'll miss her, too. I love playing
Anna. I was swaggering around behind Walt Wiley [Jackson] the other day with my
gun and my badge thinking, 'I really like being this woman.'" But Hughes
shoots down rumors that she may be headed back to GH with a firm,
The actress says that she will treasure memories of her stint as a New Yorker.
"It's been truly an incredible experience," she sighs, "at the
top of the list being that I'm leaving with a small son, whom I didn't have when
I came." And she plans on making frequent returns to the Big Apple. "I
can't give up New York, and I can't give up my friends," she smiles.
"I'll be back!" (SOD 8/19/03)
Hughes Off AMC
AMC is losing one of its most valuable players: Finola Hughes (Anna) will be
leaving the show this fall, with a final air date yet to be determined.
"I don't know if this will
soften the blow for her many fans, but it certainly was her choice," sighs
AMC Head Writer Megan McTavish. Reportedly, Hughes is eager to live full-time on
the West Coast. "She's been commuting for a lot of years. I think,
understandably, that she's had enough," confides a setside source.
The actress joined AMC in 1999 as Alexandra Devane, identical
twin of Anna, whom she played on GH from 1985-92, earning a Daytime Emmy for
Outstanding Lead Actress in 1991. In 2001, Hughes reprised the Anna role on Pine
Valley soil. That same year, Alex was written off but Hughes remained as Anna.
Anna's romance with David quickly became one of the show's most popular
pairings. For her AMC work, Hughes received Lead Actress Emmy nominations in
2000 and 2002 and won a Soap Digest Award for Favorite Return in 2000.
Rumors have been circulating for more than a year that Hughes
would head back to GH, but insiders insist that they are unfounded- for now, at
least- citing GH's sizable cast as a big reason the show might not be able to
afford an actress of Hughes' stature, nor have adequate screen time for her
character. A GH rep would only say, "No comment."
A spokesperson for AMC said, "Both ABC and Ms. Hughes
are in agreement that, pending storyline and availability, Ms. Hughes will
return to the show in a recurring capacity." (SOD
Finola Hughes Quits
AMc has confirmed that Finola Hughes is leaving her role as Anna, and sources
suggest money was the issue that made the Pine Valley police chief pull the
trigger. "Finola Hughes will be leaving All My Children in the fall,"
confirms a rep for AMC in a statement. "Her last airdate is to be
determined. Both ABC and Ms. Hughes are in agreement that pending storyline and
availability, Ms. Hughes will return to the show in a recurring capacity."
is Hughes will return to Los Angeles with her artist husband Russell Young and
their son Dylan, 3, and pursue work out there.
Hughes' most recent AMC story featured the on-screen death of
her baby daughter, and resulting estrangement from David. The death of Leora was
presumed by fans to be part of a long-rumored arrangement to keep Anna
unencumbered for a potential move back to General Hospital, where Hughes created
the character in 1985, but a GH rep had no comment on that.
In a June 2001 interview with SOW, Hughes admitted that she
longed for a return to the big-budget cloak-and-dagger action of GH. "I
miss it terribly," she said. "I'm a physical actor, and if I can
incorporate running and jumping and throwing myself off a cliff, it's all the
No last airdate was available, because numerous AMC sources
sad they truly hope the actress will stay on in a recurring basis. (SOW
As ABC announces the exit of Daytime Emmy winner Finola Hughes, AMC fans are
left to wonder: What will become of Anna and David?
The In Depth Story: Rumors of
Hughes' departure from AMC have circulated almost perpetually since she
resurrected her GH character of Anna in March 2001, leading many to hypothesize
that it'd be just a matter of time before she crossed the presumed-dead lady spy
back over to GH. Prior to Anna's comeback, Hughes portrayed her twin sister,
Alexandra, on AMC; she filled both roles until Alex left Pine Valley with
husband Dimitri Marick months later.
But as gossip of Hughes' exit came and went, so did denials
from AMC insiders- until July 23, when an offical press release declared the
actress' intention to vacate the role this fall, yet make herself available for
recurring appearances. Indeed, many Anna/David fans refused to see the writing
on the wall when AMC killed off the beleaguered couple's newborn daughter.
"I don't know how entertaining it is [to watch the grim fallout],"
Hughes said at the time. "It's very sad."
At press time, it was unclear whether Hughes would ultimately
bring Anna to the already-crowded, non-cop-friendly GH. (SID 8/19/03)
Finola Hughes (Anna, AMC)
dripping in diamonds for the International Jewelry Show at the Jacob Javits
Convention Center in New York City. Sporting sparkly bangles from the Finola
Hughes by Sol Rafael jewelry line- available at high-end boutiques and
department stores- Hughes explains how Sex got her into the carat
business. "I was at Patricia Field's [Sex and the City's costume
designer] fashion show and she said, 'Darling, come backstage. You got to take a
look at these diamonds.'" Hughes then met with her designer. "Sol
said, 'I think we can work together,'" she beams. Featuring multi-strand
chokers, gleaming rings and diamond studs, Hughes says the collection offers a
clean, modern twist on antique designs. For fashionistas-in-training, she
advises to "start with the earrings... I told my husband during the birth
of our child, I would have loved to look down to see two diamond studs between
my toes." Hughes complemented her lustrous links with a slinky Vivienne
Westwood dress and stunning pair of black and clear buckle Christian Louboutin
stilettos with the signature red soles. "When it comes to shoes like these,
you must honor the design and rise above the pain," she chuckles. (TVGuide
Finola Hughes (Anna) will
exit the East Coast when she leaves AMC this fall, but she won't
forget the friends she made while working in the Big Apple. "I've
had the most extraordinary, concentrated, fabulous four years with AMC,
and I've become amazing friends with Kelly (Ripa, ex-Hayley) and my
hairdresser Richard Esposito," she shared at a showcase for her new
jewelry line, Finola Hughes by Sol Rafael. "I've met all these
great people in this fashion mecca; it's all been an incredible
experience, the top of the list being I leave here with a small
Hughes will get a famous
neighbor when she moves into her new West Coast digs. Fellow Emmy winner
Susan Flannery (Stephanie, B&B) lives right next door.
"When you take into consideration that she has a farm, I won't even
walk there," Hughes chuckles. The actress doesn't plan to resurface
on GH, where she created the role of Anna. "I love playing
Anna, I'll miss her." she shares. "I would have liked to have
solved a good murder mystery before I left [AMC], that would have
been fun." But Hughes does have her eyes on another TV project: her
own fashion talk show. "I would love to," she says with a
telling smile, of the possibility. Hughes will continue production on
her signature jewelry line as well. "I can't give up New York or my
friends," she declares, "so I'll fly back." (TVGuide
to Depart AMC!
Finola is stepping out of
the Valley. According to an official statement from the show, Hughes
will depart AMC this fall. The actress resurrected
her GH persona on AMC in 2001, two years
after introducing Anna's twin sister, Alex. Hughes and the show are in
agreement that she may return to the role on a recurring basis. An ABC
rep declined to comment on whether Hughes's exit from AMC will
offer an entrance back to GH, where she first created the role of
Anna in 1985.
Finola is bringing her
stint on AMC to a close. The actress will depart this fall, the
show announced earlier this week. The news isn't entirely unexpected-
for months there has been speculation that the actress wanted to return
to the West Coast where she created Anna on GH in 1985. The exit
is still a surprise for her devoted co-stars. "She's such an
amazing actress," declares Eva La Rue Callahan (Maria). "When
I first heard she was coming to AMC [in 1999] and would work with
my husband, I said to John Callahan (Edmund), 'Fabulous, you are going
to love working with her.' ... Now she's going." Aiden Turner, who
plays Hughes's onscreen nephew, Aidan, adds with a chuckle, "If she
does go to GH, I want her to take me!" An ABC rep declined
to comment on whether Hughes's exit from AMC means a return to GH.
AMC and Hughes are in agreement that she may return to Pine
Valley on a recurring basis. (TVGuide Online, 7/25-26/03)