Lee Phillip Bell is confirmed dead at the age of 91.
Lee was best known as a American television producer (The Bold and the Beautiful).
RT @soapcentral: Lee Phillip Bell, co-creator of @YandR_CBS and @BandB_CBS, wife, mother, grandmother and Emmy-winning broadcast jou…
@DougDavidsonYR I guess you know by now that Lee Phillip Bell passed away. What an iconic lady. She will be so sore…
RT @RockinCanegirl: TV Pioneer Lee Phillip Bell Passes Away
RT @SoapDigest: TV Pioneer Lee Phillip Bell Passes Away
RT @MelodyThomasSco: We are all devastated by the passing of Lee Phillip Bell. A television pioneer and powerhouse in her own right, she…
RT @MelodyThomasSco: We are all devastated by the passing of Lee Phillip Bell. A television pioneer and powerhouse in her own right, she…
RT @MelodyThomasSco: We are all devastated by the passing of Lee Phillip Bell. A television pioneer and powerhouse in her own right, she…
RIP Lee Phillip Bell @TheTweetOfGod #TragicDeaths 💔💐 #LeePhillipBell add some flowers to their gravestone at
TV Pioneer Lee Phillip Bell Passes Away
#YR RIP to the extraordinary Lee Phillip Bell. Bill may have been the face of daytime but Lee was the backbone that…
RT @BuzzWorthyRadio: I'm so sad to hear of Lee Phillip Bell's passing. My heart goes out to Lauralee and Brad Bell, as well as the cast…
RT @MelodyThomasSco: We are all devastated by the passing of Lee Phillip Bell. A television pioneer and powerhouse in her own right, she…
RT @MelodyThomasSco: We are all devastated by the passing of Lee Phillip Bell. A television pioneer and powerhouse in her own right, she…
RT @MelodyThomasSco: We are all devastated by the passing of Lee Phillip Bell. A television pioneer and powerhouse in her own right, she…
RIP to daytime legend Lee Phillip Bell —>
RT @MelodyThomasSco: We are all devastated by the passing of Lee Phillip Bell. A television pioneer and powerhouse in her own right, she…
RT @MelodyThomasSco: We are all devastated by the passing of Lee Phillip Bell. A television pioneer and powerhouse in her own right, she…
RT @SoapDigest: TV Pioneer Lee Phillip Bell Passes Away
RT @MelodyThomasSco: We are all devastated by the passing of Lee Phillip Bell. A television pioneer and powerhouse in her own right, she…
We are all devastated by the passing of Lee Phillip Bell. A television pioneer and powerhouse in her own right, she…
Lee Phillip Bell
Phillip Bell 1970
Bell in 1970
Born
Loreley June Phillip

(1928-06-10) June 10, 1928 (age 91)
Died
Beverly Hills, California
NationalityAmerican
OccupationSoap opera creator
Years active1953–present
Known forThe Bold and the Beautiful, The Young and the Restless
Spouse(s)
William J. Bell
(m. 1954; died 2005)
ChildrenLauralee Bell, Bradley Bell, William J. Bell Jr.
Loreley "Lee" June Phillip Bell (born June 10, 1928) is a former talk show host and soap opera creator.
Contents
1 Early life
2 Career
3 Personal life
4 References
5 External links
Early life
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.
Bell is one of the most notable graduates from what is now known as Riverside-Brookfield High School in Riverside, Illinois. She then received a degree in microbiology from Northwestern University.
Career
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). In 1953, Bell began hosting Mornin’ Miss Lee, and, later, The Lee Phillip Show, which became Noonbreak. For more than 30 years in Chicago, The Lee Phillip Show tackled rarely considered social problems. She investigated the lives of prisoners, the struggles of runaways and the dangers of breast cancer (one of the first televised self-exams was demonstrated on her show). The show quickly became a fixture in Chicago daytime television, drawing many celebrity guests. She interviewed Presidents Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter (and his entire extended family) as well as actors John Wayne, Lucille Ball and Judy Garland. The Lee Phillip Show was also shown in other cities in the early 1960s by CBS network affiliates and received 16 local Emmy Awards. She also hosted other programs, including a Saturday morning children's program on WBBM-TV titled Lee Phillip's Friendship Show. She was co-host of 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 Bell 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.
Personal life
She and her late husband lived in Beverly Hills in a house formerly owned by aviation mogul Howard Hughes and also Cary Grant.
She is the mother of William J. Bell, Jr., Lauralee Bell, Bradley Bell, and mother-in-law of Maria Arena Bell and Colleen Bradley Bell; all of the Bell family members are involved in some way with the production of the company's soap operas. She also has eight grandchildren.
About cookies on this site
We use cookies to collect and analyse information on site performance and usage, to provide social media features and to enhance and customise content and advertisements.Learn more
ALLOW ALL COOKIES
COOKIE SETTINGS