Vale: Lee Phillip Bell
Co-creator of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and The Beautiful, has died.
Lee Phillip Bell, co-creator of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and The Beautiful, has died, aged 91.
A family statement said, “Our mother was a loving and supportive wife, mother and grandmother. Gracious and kind, she enriched the lives of all who knew her. We will miss her tremendously.”
Bell created two of America’s hit soap operas along with her late husband William J. Bell. The Young and the Restless has been running since 1973 and The Bold and The Beautiful since 1987.
Aside from her work in daytime television, Bell was a broadcast journalist who began her career in Chicago. She produced and and hosted her own show, The Lee Phillip Show for over 30 years. Throughout her career, she produced and narrated numerous award-winning specials and documentaries covering social concerns such as foster children, the subject of rape, children and divorce, and babies born to women in prison.
She was also the recipient of the Alfred I. Dupont/Columbia University award for the special The Rape of Paulette, the first program in Chicago to explore the issue, and in 1977 she was the first woman to receive the Governors award from the Chicago chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.