Lee Phillip Bell
Lee Phillip Bell and Michael Maloney's biography of the late William J. Bell has now been released on paperback. Fans of the legendary soap scribe can learn all about the co-creator of Another World, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful in the pages of The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell.
I hope soap fans enjoy the The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell. It's a chronicle of Bill and Lee's inspiring life together -- how they met, fell in love, followed their dreams, and built a soap opera empire along the way. There's much of Bill's philosophies on serialized storytelling in the book and untold anecdotes from the golden age of soap operas. READ MORE
The Young and the Restless Co-Creator Lee Phillip Bell on Jeanne Cooper: "Her Love Was Unexpendable"By Jamey Giddens on May 10, 2013
Soap dynasty matriarch Lee Phillip Bell has spoken out on the passing of her friend and colleague, the late Jeanne Cooper. Bell's husband, the late William J. Bell hired Cooper to play wealthy, drunken socialite Katherine Chancellor six months into The Young and the Restless' run on CBS, back in 1973.
"Jeanne Cooper: respected colleague, industry icon, woman of passion and grandeur; most important, beloved friend," said Bell. "She was a shining beacon. Her love was unexpendable, and was given freely to all, from fans to great celebrities. She was not jaded by success, nor impressed by wealth and fame. Her crowning glory was her family: her children Corbin, Collin and Caren and her grandchildren, whom she adored, and all of whom adored her in return. Her presence resonated in the lives of all those around her. Through her personal and professional journey, she saved hundreds, possibly thousands, from the depths of alcoholism. She embodied compassion and forgiveness. No daytime icon has ever been more influential in the lives of millions. She will be terribly missed, but her light will shine on forever. May angels guide you on your journey, dear Jeanne. I will love you forever."
DC Interview: Bell Biographer Michael Maloney on Collaborating With Lee Phillip Bell, Family Legacy and What Made Bill Bell a StorytellerBy Jamey Giddens on July 24, 2012
There aren't many men who know what it's like to collaborate with Chicago-talk-queen-turned-soap-opera-legend Lee Phillip Bell. There was her late husband, the legendary William J. Bell, whom she co-created two of CBS Daytime's long-running hits, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful, with. Now there's also veteran soap journalist Michael Maloney, the man Phillip Bell chose to help tell her prolific husband's life story in The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell: Creator of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful. For his part, Maloney is quite aware of what auspicious company he's been keeping while working with Phillip Bell on the tome.
"Whenever I see my name in a press release, or on the cover of the book with Lee Phillip Bell, I think, 'The last time I might have seen something with her name on it, with someone else, was probably on the credits of Y&R and B&B.' You know, 'co-created by'. I'm thinking that's pretty damn good company to be in!"
You wouldn't find many soap fans, addicted to the countless hours of daytime television enjoyment the Bells have provided over the past several decades, who would disagree with Maloney's assertion. The author worked with Phillip Bell, as well as several of the late Bill Bell's friends, colleagues and children, for years in creating The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell. The biography spans Bell's entire lifes and tells the story of his great love for Lee, their children and the daytime dramas they created together. READ MORE