Viewers know that Lulu Spencer Falconeri is always getting herself into trouble on GENERAL HOSPITAL, and that is one thing that will never change! However, some are afraid that the wannabe reporter has gotten herself into a deadly situation that could end very badly for her. Still, if you look back at her history, it’s clear that Lulu has gotten out of many worse scrapes in the past and will continue to do so. She is a Spencer, after all! Born to Laura Spencer and Luke Spencer back in 1994, Lulu was played by a series of child actors until the character was aged into a young woman in 2005 and was played by Julie Marie Berman. When she chose to exit GH in 2013, the role was recast with Emme Rylan, who continues to play the part to this day and will for the foreseeable future, as she announced in February of 2019 that she'd renewed her contract with the soap!
Lesley Lu Spencer was named for her maternal grandmother, Lesley, and was nicknamed Lulu. Because of Luke’s involvement with Sonny Corinthos, Laura feared for Lulu’s safety, and even fled Port Charles with her at one point. When young Lulu was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, Laura confessed that Nikolas Cassadine was her secret son, and it was his bone marrow that saved the little girl’s life. When Laura later became catatonic following the murder of her stepfather, Rick Webber, Lulu was sent to be raised by Lesley.
Lulu returned to Port Charles in 2005, sent to live with Luke and Tracy Quartermaine. Lulu quickly fell for her new stepbrother, Dillon Quartermaine and teamed up with Diego Alcazar to break up Dillon and Georgie. After a one-night stand with Dillon, Lulu learned she was pregnant and had an abortion. She fell for troubled soldier Logan Hayes, but after learning he’d only pursued her as part of a bet with Maxie Jones, she got involved with Johnny Zacchara. Logan began stalking Lulu, and after she killed him in self-defense, she and Johnny went on the run. After the pair split up, Lulu agreed to a date with Dr. Matt Hunter, but soon found herself going out with mob soldier Dominic Pirelli. She soon realized he was a cop, and when he saved her life, she got him to confess that his real name was Dante Falconeri. Learning he was after Sonny, Lulu feared for his safety and tried to talk him out of it.
Crazed artist Franco kidnapped Lulu and strapped her to a bomb, but Dante came to the rescue. After Sonny shot Dante, Lulu professed her love for him as he went into surgery. Although she’d been working with Maxie at Crimson, Lulu quit to take over running The Haunted Star after her father left town. She followed Luke to a brothel in Florida to bring him home and was nearly raped by the owner. Dante rescued her and convinced her to go home. When he popped the question, Lulu was reluctant, but the couple finally tied the knot.
Lulu began working at the evidence room at the PCPD and soon realized officer Ronnie Dimestico was the guy attacking strippers. Ronnie kidnapped her and Sam Morgan, forcing Dante and John McBain to come to their rescue. Dante and Lulu began trying to have a child, but she was crushed to learn she wouldn’t be able to carry a baby to term. They enlisted Maxie to be their surrogate, but then Lulu was abducted and Dante found her cryogenically frozen at the Cassadine compound in Greece by an obsessed Stavros Cassadine! After being set free, Lulu had amnesia, but eventually recovered her memories in time to plan for the birth of their daughter.
Unfortunately, Connie turned out to be the biological daughter of Maxie and Damian Spinelli, who had slept together after Maxie miscarried the implanted embryo. Lulu was furious with her BFF and cut her out of her life. Maxie originally urged Dante and Lulu to take custody of the baby girl but then chose to keep her leading to an ugly custody battle. Lulu was devastated to lose her daughter, but remained determined to have another baby. In a bizarre twist, it turned out that one of Lulu’s fertilized eggs was implanted in Britt Westbourne so she could lie that she was having Patrick Drake’s baby, meaning her son, Ben, was really Dante and Lulu’s. Unfortunately, told by Britt that her eggs were no longer viable, an angry Lulu blamed Dante for everything and walked out on him.
Thanks to Dante’s new partner, Nathan West, Lulu was encouraged to reconcile with her husband and the pair learned the truth that Ben was their son, and renamed him Rocco. But Lulu still wanted to have a baby of her own and even had surgery to allow her to possibly carry a child herself. Then, Lulu got kidnapped along with Maxi by Levi and his partner in crime, but when Nathan and Dante tried to rescue them, Lulu ended up being taken again by Stavros, who wanted her carry his baby. After Dante rescued her from the clinic, Lulu was so grateful to be home with her family she decided to put off having another baby.
Lulu teamed up with Dillon to help rescue her brothers, Lucky Spencer and Ethan, leading to Dante believing she had slept with Dillon. In turn, he slept with Valerie Spencer, and their marriage very nearly fell apart. Dante and Lulu went so far as to finalize divorce papers, but ultimately were inspired by them to recommit to their marriage, remarrying on Thanksgiving, 2016. Lulu found herself feeling a connection to Charlotte Cassadine, and it was soon revealed that the little girl was actually her daughter with Valentin Cassadine, created by Helena Cassadine when Stavros proved unable to father a child. Lulu tried to fight Valentin for custody of Charlotte, but only got supervised visitation. Charlotte wasn’t a big fan of Lulu in the beginning, but eventually warmed towards her and Lulu and Valentin eventually came to an understanding regarding custody.
Lulu then got hired by Peter August to work as a reporter for The Invader and published an interview with Nathan that exposed his connection to Cesar Faison to lure the supervillain out of hiding. Tragically, this also led to Faison killing Nathan and Maxie blaming her friend for her husband’s death. Over time, the women patched up their friendship, but then Dante left Port Charles to join the WSB to hunt down a criminal who had once tried to kill her.
Flying solo, Lulu threw herself into her work, working on a special piece about Ryan Chamberlain for the 25th anniversary of his original reign of terror. But what she didn't realize was that the serial killer was still alive and impersonating Kevin Collins, well aware of her investigation. And when Lulu shared some of her information with "Kevin" he stabbed her in the stomach! Thankfully, Lulu survived, but "Kevin" hypnotized her into believing that Franco had attacked her. Thankfully, the truth was finally revealed and Ryan was exposed.
Lulu was thrilled when Dante finally returned home after Sonny rescued him from Raj in Turkey, but he didn't stay long. Fearing he had been brainwashed by the villain during his undercover mission, Dante was afraid he might hurt the ones he loved, so he left Port Charles again, leaving Lulu utterly devastated. She threw herself back into work again, trying to discover who had been behind a rash of break-ins in the area which led to her meeting Dustin Phillips, a handsome schoolteacher. They went on a few dates, and quickly fell into bed together! Lulu's truce with Valentin hit a major snag when she learned that he'd paid Sasha to pretend to be Nina's long-lost daughter and decided that the truth should come out... at Valentin and Nina's wedding!
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