Lee Phillip Bell, Co-Creator of ‘Young and the Restless’ & 'The Bold and the Beautiful’ Dies, CBS Reveals
On Tuesday, February 25, 2020, broadcast journalist Lee Phillip Bell passed away at the age of 91. The sad news was revealed by the Emmy Award winner’s three children.
In a statement, Bell’s children, William James Bell, Bradley Phillip Bell, and Lauralee Bell Martin revealed their mother had died. The star’s cause of death wasn’t shared with the public.
The trio’s statement read: “Our mother was a loving and supportive wife, mother and grandmother.” They further noted the role she’d played in their lives stating: “Gracious and kind, she enriched the lives of all who knew her. We will miss her tremendously.”
Co-creator of two soap operas
Lee was also an Emmy winning journalist who produced her own show in Chicago called “The Lee Phillip Show.” She produced and starred on the show for CBS for 30 years.
Bell’s talk show
The producer was considered one of the pioneers of the afternoon talk show structure. Her work inspired many others that came after her.
Bell had the opportunity to interview famous people like Presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan, and actors Judy Garland, Clint Eastwood, and Jerry Lewis. She also spoke to The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, and Oprah Winfrey.
Some of her awards
In 1977, the star won the Governor’s Award and 16 regional Emmy Awards while she was in Chicago. She also gained several Golden Mike Awards as well.
Named Person of the Year
The producer was also awarded the Alfred I. Dupont/Columbia University Award for the special, “The Rape of Paulette.” She was named “Person of the Year” by the Broadcast Advertising Club of Chicago in 1980 and the “Outstanding Woman in Communications” by the Chicago YMCA.
Her real name and date of birth
Bell was born as Loreley June Phillip, named after a French flower, in Chicago, Illinois on June 9, 1928. Her parents were florists James A. and Helen (Novak) Phillip.
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We are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of a member of our CBS family and the Daytime community, the beloved Lee Phillip Bell. She was a pioneer in television, first as an Emmy winning broadcast journalist and then as a soap opera co-creator and producer, winning an Emmy for producing Y&R and a Lifetime Achievement Award Emmy for her work on both Y&R and B&B. Our hearts go out to her children William James Bell, Bradley Phillip Bell and Lauralee Bell Martin, who shared, “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.”
“The Young and the Restless” shared their condolences for losing Bell on Instagram. The producer is survived by her three children, daughters-in-law Maria Arena Bell and Ambassador Colleen Bell, her son-in-law Scott Martin, and eight grandchildren.