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The curious career of Finola Hughes

She started out as a celebrated dancer from the first production of Cats, starred in the Staying Alive movie with John Travolta and then became a soap opera star as the international spy, Anna Devane. What made her end up in soaps after such a high profile movie role? She created a very iconic soap character so I'm not suggesting it was a faulty career move. I've always thought she was a wonderful actress who gave natural, believable performances. She also has a passing likeness to David Bowie, and I always hoped they would collaborate on something together.

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by Anonymousreply 21June 22, 2022 4:03 PM

I’ve wondered that myself. She’s made a (nice?) career for herself on soaps but don’t they all just want to break out eventually, if possible?

She is one of the few reasons I tune in to General Hospital and no matter how ridiculous a situation her character may be in, she can get you to go along with it.

by Anonymousreply 1June 22, 2022 2:04 PM

Aspen Extreme was fun.

by Anonymousreply 2June 22, 2022 2:06 PM

Well, whatever she was going for in Staying Alive, it didn't work. She was laughably awful. Also isn't she like 4-feet tall?

by Anonymousreply 3June 22, 2022 2:12 PM

She got to be on Charmed

by Anonymousreply 4June 22, 2022 2:14 PM

Terrible video, but it is 40 years old. Finola as Victoria in Cats.

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by Anonymousreply 5June 22, 2022 2:36 PM

She also got to rock a platinum wig as Emma Frost in Generation X (1996).

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by Anonymousreply 6June 22, 2022 2:57 PM

Did she have a nice schedule as a soap opera actor?

by Anonymousreply 7June 22, 2022 3:02 PM

Soaps pay decently and dependably

by Anonymousreply 8June 22, 2022 3:02 PM

What did Finola's husband do for a living?

by Anonymousreply 9June 22, 2022 3:03 PM

What R8 said. Plus, on the soaps, she's a big fish in a small pond and would just be another small fish in a big pond elsewhere in the business. It's not easy getting by on sporadic TV guest spots and lower profile movie work and that's what Finola would've probably ended up with if she didn't stick the steady soap gig.

by Anonymousreply 10June 22, 2022 3:08 PM

She would've been a better Desiree in Night Music than Zeta Jones.

by Anonymousreply 11June 22, 2022 3:14 PM

What's the story with her and Showgirls? I've heard that she turned down the role of Cristal, but I've also heard that she wanted the role auditioned and lost it to Gina Gershon. Which is true?

by Anonymousreply 12June 22, 2022 3:19 PM

She could never top her performance as the lady on the motorcycle in The Apple.

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by Anonymousreply 13June 22, 2022 3:26 PM

I don't believe for a second that Gina Gershon was lower on the casting list than Finola Hughes.

by Anonymousreply 14June 22, 2022 3:31 PM

She couldn't even get a primetime soap gig? Sad.

by Anonymousreply 15June 22, 2022 3:32 PM

R15 She got one, but it didn't last very long.

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by Anonymousreply 16June 22, 2022 3:39 PM

I remember watching her style show. It was on E or Oxygen or some other frau channel.

by Anonymousreply 17June 22, 2022 3:41 PM

Hot son is hot.

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by Anonymousreply 18June 22, 2022 3:44 PM

I loved Kylie Travis. She married well, I believe.

by Anonymousreply 19June 22, 2022 3:59 PM

Her son looks like she spit him out.

by Anonymousreply 20June 22, 2022 3:59 PM

Gloria Monty was FURIOUS when Finola exercised an "out" clause in her contract to take 7 weeks off to film a new ABC series called "Jack's Place"

On Finola's last day before her planned 7 week break, just when she finished her last scene, Gloria went up to Finola and said

"You just had your last day" and walked away. The next day Finola agents received official confirmation that Finola was released from the show.

by Anonymousreply 21June 22, 2022 4:03 PM
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