Lee Phillip Bell
|Lee Phillip Bell|
Bell in 1970.
|Born||Loreley June Phillip
June 10, 1928
|Residence||Beverly Hills, California|
|Occupation||Soap opera creator|
|Known for||The Bold and the Beautiful, The Young and the Restless|
|Children||Lauralee Bell, Bradley Bell, William J. Bell Jr.|
Bell was born Loreley June Phillip in Chicago, Illinois, to florists James and Helen Phillip. Her parents named her after a French flower. She has an older brother, J.R., and a younger brother, Russell.
After graduating from Northwestern, Bell returned to work in her family's floral shop with her brothers. On occasion, she accompanied her brother Russell to the local television station where he worked on a local talk show demonstrating flower arrangement. Eventually, she took over this job from him, before quitting the floral shop altogether and pursuing other positions at the station (WBBM-TV Chicago) before being given her own show The Lee Phillip Show. This show is notable in that it was the first to show an on air self breast examination. The Lee Phillip Show was also shown in other cities in the early 1960s, usually (but not always) by CBS network affiliates. She was a popular host and received 16 local Emmy Awards, her show ran from 1952 to 1986. Also during the 1950s she hosted as Saturday morning children's program on WBBM-TV titled Lee Phillip's Friendship Show and co-hosted a WBBM Radio weekday afternoon show with Paul Gibson titled The Lady & The Tiger.
While working at the talk show, Bell met advertising agent William J. Bell, later marrying him in 1954. The marriage lasted until his death in 2005. During the early days of their marriage, he left advertising and began writing soap operas like Guiding Light, As the World Turns and Another World with Irna Phillips. Lee would learn about important issues via her television show and pass them along to her husband, who in turn would weave them into his storylines.
After leaving her TV show, Bell joined her husband to co-create the popular CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless in 1973 and its sister show The Bold and the Beautiful in 1987. She also served as executive producer of The Bold and the Beautiful in the 1980s. She won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1975 for Outstanding Daytime Drama Series for Y&R.
In 1977 she was the first woman to receive the Governor's Award from the Chicago chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
In 2007, Bell was awarded a Daytime Emmy for Lifetime Achievement for her contributions to daytime television.
She and her husband lived in Beverly Hills in a house formerly owned by aviation mogul Howard Hughes and also Cary Grant. Currently, Bell splits her time between her homes in Beverly Hills and Malibu.