Is Julie Marie Berman LEAVING General Hospital?






An item in the Feb. 18-March 4 issue of ABC Soaps In Depth has Lante fans in a panic. According to the article, the recent General Hospital casting call for a "complicated blonde" was really for a Lulu recast! Is Julie Marie Berman set to exit the almost 50-year-old sudser?
From SID:

"An insider tells Soaps In Depth that Berman and her reps are having some serious discussions about whether or not she should take her two Daytime Emmy Awards and move on from the soap when her contract expires."

Wait, so Laura (Genie Francis) comes home, and her last remaining child in Port Charles bolts? Helena-to-the-No!

SID goes on to report Berman is said to be "on the fence" about remaining with the sudser. For more on Lulu-gate, pick up this week's ABC Soaps In Depth!


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I guess that Berman is out for driving more story. She hasn't been in any big storyline in a while. Last year it seemed like the writers didn't know what to do with Lulu anymore.

And this surrogacy storyline has become Maxie's after she got pregnant by Spinelli. CarTini should have a sit down with her & talk possibilities for a big story to keep her on the show.

It would be a shame for Lulu to leave or for the character to get recasted.

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Happy to have Dante and Lulu leave town happily together.

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What makes you think it has anything to do with the story? I mean, it's possible, but why is that the scenario you immediately jumped to? Just curious.

I do know that she and her husband have been married a while now and she stated some time ago that they want to have children. So that's a possibility. But there's also the possibility that she's ready to try something new and put all of her efforts into primetime or film.

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I don't think this is true, at least not yet. I certainly hope not.

Out of all the times, is THIS really the time to leave? Lulu's mother just came back, is a GH legend and will surely bring lots of story with her to spare for Lulu aswell. Not to mention the festivities coming up. If this is happening, I hope she at least waits out until the summer.

Of course, were she to have a significant offer from a primetime serial, I guess she would have no choice.

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There have been some beautifully written and wonderfully acted sequences that started the build up to L and D's "Journey to Parenthood" back in August 2012. Even though I know JMB and DZ will knock the genetic reveal scenes out of the park, the now faux surrogacy has been hijacked by a triangle that a fair amount of people don't care for. (And I'm being polite, as I don't blame those actors involved who are doing their roles as scripted.) I truly believe a lot of what is happening is a result of story lines having to be adjusted because of other cast members leaving, contract negotiations, and returning vets' threads having to be woven in and around stories that may have already been worked out but then having to be altered or scrapped altogether. Any or all of these considerations have probably put a lot of stress on the patience of people who have maybe been promised certain things but now have to wait while other things/concerns have to be taken care of first.

Having said that, and trying to be spoiler free, the return of GF's Laura has signaled a previously voiced wish that RC has planned a revisit of the Ice Princess saga which is supposed to draw L, and to another extent, D, even more closely into the "solving mysteries"/Spencer aspect of her character.

I am truly praying that Miss Berman will remain in the role as she has been, from the moment she appeared on screen, the main reason for my returning to being an everyday watcher of GH. Her partnership with Mr. Zamprogna has been the unexpected bonus that has caused me to invest in this pairing (and GH in general), beyond what I used to when watching a soap. I see some striking qualities in their pairing that remind me of Luke and Laura but their stories should be written to reflect a modern sensibility when it comes to "adventure". These two actors are worth their weight in platinum and RC and FV would be foolish to let their talents slip away, especially at this time in GH's history, when the series is crying out for romance rooted in realism. These two can and have delivered both. As actors they need to be nurtured with material that pushes them to be a touchstone couple that can be counted on to carry GH into the future. As I am want to say, we love who we love. I fully admit my bias. I love JMB. I love DZ. And that's just me... Innocent

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If JMB wants to try her hand at something else this is probably a good time to do it before she gets pigeon holed as a daytime actress. If she leaves would prefer the character be written off instead of the recast. JMB is Lulu just like JJ is Lucky. Cartini could always bring back Laura's other child, Nik.

Is anyone else secretly hoping Luke and Laura ride off into the sunset together after the 50th anniversary? I know TG has issues with Luke and Laura but those two characters need to end up back together at some point, right? TG being gone months at a time plus Luke chasing after Anna does nothing good for the character.

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When does JMB's contract expire?

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I'm sorry but I say GOOD-BYE and GOOD RIDDANCE. She has annoyed me since day 1. She is tooooooo whiney for me UGH!

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snizzle wrote:

Is anyone else secretly hoping Luke and Laura ride off into the sunset together after the 50th anniversary? I know TG has issues with Luke and Laura but those two characters need to end up back together at some point, right?

If Genie isn't staying - then yes I would love to see that happen! Smile

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@snizzle JMB has been on GH 8 years. She has been pigeonholed as a soap actress. Not that being a soap actress is a bad thing. It's good work and money. If a young actor wants to go beyond soaps they should stay no more than 2 or 3 years.....(i.e. John Stamos, Ryan Phillipe, Nathan Fillion, Julianne Moore, Meg Ryan, Eva Longoria). Very few who stay past their first contract expiration make it. If JMB wanted to do more in TV & film she should have jumped ship in 2008.

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I liked blonde baby Lulu & dark-haired Lulu but I never took to teen or adult Lulu. She had/has no family loyalty and I never saw any of the characteristics of Luke or Laura in her. I like JMB as an actress but if the character goes then so be it; no need to recast.

It doesn't help that Lulu never seemed to be used in any Spencer adventure or serve any real purpose for me.

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SwanQueen59 wrote:
There have been some beautifully written and wonderfully acted sequences that started the build up to L and D's "Journey to Parenthood" back in August 2012. Even though I know JMB and DZ will knock the genetic reveal scenes out of the park, the now faux surrogacy has been hijacked by a triangle that a fair amount of people don't care for. (And I'm being polite, as I don't blame those actors involved who are doing their roles as scripted.) I truly believe a lot of what is happening is a result of story lines having to be adjusted because of other cast members leaving, contract negotiations, and returning vets' threads having to be woven in and around stories that may have already been worked out but then having to be altered or scrapped altogether. Any or all of these considerations have probably put a lot of stress on the patience of people who have maybe been promised certain things but now have to wait while other things/concerns have to be taken care of first.

Having said that, and trying to be spoiler free, the return of GF's Laura has signaled a previously voiced wish that RC has planned a revisit of the Ice Princess saga which is supposed to draw L, and to another extent, D, even more closely into the "solving mysteries"/Spencer aspect of her character.

I am truly praying that Miss Berman will remain in the role as she has been, from the moment she appeared on screen, the main reason for my returning to being an everyday watcher of GH. Her partnership with Mr. Zamprogna has been the unexpected bonus that has caused me to invest in this pairing (and GH in general), beyond what I used to when watching a soap. I see some striking qualities in their pairing that remind me of Luke and Laura but their stories should be written to reflect a modern sensibility when it comes to "adventure". These two actors are worth their weight in platinum and RC and FV would be foolish to let their talents slip away, especially at this time in GH's history, when the series is crying out for romance rooted in realism. These two can and have delivered both. As actors they need to be nurtured with material that pushes them to be a touchstone couple that can be counted on to carry GH into the future. As I am want to say, we love who we love. I fully admit my bias. I love JMB. I love DZ. And that's just me... Innocent

I couldn't agree more. I love JMB as Lulu, always have, but when paired with Dominic Zamprogna as Dante a new super couple emerged. Never have I seen a couple with such magic on screen. When I watch them together, they seem to breathe for each other, they feed off each other, need each other to exist, yet separately they are still complete and total characters. I enjoy both separately and together. This couple has so much potential, and for quite awhile they were able to exhibit their talent with the story lines given them, but in the last months sadly that's not been the case.
No one could blame JMB for looking to greener pastures, especially with what little has been asked of her lately. My hope is that with the return of GF, the new story line involving the Ice Princess and Dante at her side, she'll postpone her departure until she has been able to show all the fans exactly what she's capable of and can deliver.

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"JMB wants to leave" has been a persistent and perennial rumor for several years. Which doesn't mean it isn't true this time, but I'm not inclined to take this one any more seriously than all the other ones.

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Before the direction Ron and Frank took her, I always felt that Kelly Sullivan would've made an excellent Lulu recast. She looks just like Genie and it would've gave her a chance to play a character in her actual age range w/slight SORASing. #ohwell and long time, no post.

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With the way SO many actors decide to leave for a bit, and find out that the grass is NOT greener on the other side, I think I'd rather they just put Lulu off the canvas for a bit. That way, if LB does decide to come back, it's not a big issue, and if she doesn't, it'll be a bit easier to accept a recast.

Her story has been so minor lately, it wouldn't be that big a deal for Dante to refer to Lulu at home or at work. It just stinks that it's happening now, as Laura is coming home, but really, JMB doesn't have nearly the history with Genie that the Lucky and Nikolas characters and actors had.

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I could see Stephanie Gatschet as a new Lulu. I have never warmed up to Julie Berman's Lulu. I always I should like Laura's daughter so much more than I do.

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JMB has a business with her husband as well called Better Buddies. I don't know how well they are doing but maybe she wants to focus on that in addition to possibly starting a family. For storyline possibilities, if Genie Francis is only around temporarily then maybe Lulu goes with Laura to help her with any medical problems, especially if the surrogacy secrets unravel, Lulu may want to get away from Maxie and loyal to the police Dante stays back.

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The sad fact of Guza decimating Laura's character/relationship with Luke is a big reason why I believe JMB's L has been robbed of the "history with Genie that the Lucky and Nikolas characters and actors had." With that said, the way these two women have picked up the strands of their characters relationship is noteworthy for its warmth and their natural affinity with each other. How much more rich and layered could this mother/daughter connection have been had it not been so cruelly short circuited because the headwriter didn't seem to have any use for her history, with and without Luke? In that respect, I feel robbed of the possibilities that were lost, but would love to see something new take root as a result of GF coming back into the fold. Of course, what we would like to see is not guaranteed... Innocent

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Maxie has stolen her limelight in the surrogacy storyline and frankly thank God, Lulu and Dante are snoozeville.

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its true

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Isn't this how most negotiations go, especially with an award-winning actress? I assumed that the casting call was for Lauren Frank.

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I hope she does leave because I have never liked her in the role and the Dante/Lulu coupling is dreadfully boring.
Marcy Rylan isn't on contract at YR and she's short enough to not draw attention to how diminutive Dominic Zamprogna is.

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Good luck, Julie. I was really enjoying the Lante surrogacy story until that nasty miscarriage sex with Spinelli. Blech.

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I like Julie and Lulu has always been one of my favorite characters. That said her recent storylines have been so boring. I am sick of her character constantly hovering over Maxie and I was over her and Dante a long time ago. Her and Brandon Barash have great chemistry together and Lulu and Johnny were never boring.

What they should do since Scott Baldwin is coming back is revisit the whole Lulu killing Logan storyline because Dante still does not know about that (actually I don't think alot of people know it was really her) and how Johnny took the blame. Actually if they could just get Johnny out of prison this would be a good time to push Lulu back into his life. Maybe even have Serena Baldwin come back to make Lulu's life miserable as payback for her father (new generation of the Spencer/Baldwin feud). Dante could end up falling for Serena through all of that.

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@Swan-I know you will be heartbroken if Julie leaves GH. Gosh, do you guys like any actors on this site? Geez Louise. I am a fan of Julie Marie Berman and thinks she is a phenomenal actress. Crown One thing that Cartini has done since taking the fold is make me like Lulu and Dante again, however, and a big HOWEVER, this surrogacy pregnancy storyline sucks!!! Sick

So I hope Julie stays.

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Jasam- Smile Thank you....... Innocent

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Amen JaSam....seriously some people are never happy. I for one enjoy JMB in the role and I think the role is important to the canvas. I feel for her - this lante story certainly doesnt seem to really be about lante at all but im looking forward to how they will play in to the laura story.

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I like Lulu, the character, and I think Julie is a great actress. I can't imagine a recast. Don't we call character's like Lule "legacy" characters? Those seem to be really tough recasts.

Lulu has great chemistry with some characters like Luke, Tracy, and Maxie, for example, but I agree that she and Dante are dull. Actually, Dante is dull.

Totally, off topic, but Dante is a character I can't imagine why anyone ever saw the need for -- another son for Sonny, who looks Sonny's age, who's mother also looks the same age. I wasn't paying attention to GH when Dante showed up, but I've never understood why he was around. I guess the show wasn't enough about Sonny one day.

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I wouldn't blame her if she does leave. CarTini has absolutely, totally and completely destroyed what should have been a really good storyline...the surrogacy. Angry It has become nothing but a plot-point involving Spinelli, and now Britt, two extremely unlikable characters.

As for the actress, sometimes I love her, sometimes I hate her, but the character is important to the show...especially since Laura is back. I like NERescuer's suggestion that
Stephanie Gatschet be hired to play Lulu, if Julie does leave. Smile She really looks like she could be Laura's daughter and she's the same age as Julie.

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Boy that would be a belated Christmas gift for me! JLB has bored me to death for years now. The writing for her character has been lousy for years. And her performances lackluster.
In the beginning she was good, but when the writing fell off so did her acting. The character became a one note, air headed bimbo unworthy of the Spencer name.
The Lante thing has always left me cold. She and Zamprogna are boring enough to put me in a coma. Id be happy if she left. But Id rather see the character written off.
The GH casting department has been way off its game for years now and considering the fact that Valentini is a budget Nazi who loves to hire dayplayers and give them story, I dont trust him to hire a suitable recast. (It would take and experienced, focus vet). So the best choice would be to send Lulu packing.