- Lee Phillip Bell died on Tuesday, February 25 but the cause of her death was not immediately released
- Lee worked with her late husband William J Bell to create two of the world’s most prominent soap operas
- They included The Young and the Restless and The Bold and The Beautiful
- Both programs have run continuously for over 47 years and aired over 20 000 combined episodes
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The famed talk show host and creator of the beloved soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful, Lee Phillip Bell, has passed away at the ripe old age of 91.
Bell’s death was announced by her children, William James Bell, Bradley Phillip Bell and longtime Young and the Restless actress Lauralee Bell Martin.
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The TV show writer and Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist passed away on Tuesday, 25 February, but the cause of her death was not immediately released.
Together with her late husband, William J Bell, they created two of the world’s most prominent soap operas which have run continuously for over 47 years and aired over 20 000 combined episodes.
Her children described their mom as a loving and supportive wife, mother and grandmother, Briefly.co.za gathered.
"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 family said.
Bell won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series as co-creator in 1975 for The Young and the Restless.
She also received the Daytime Emmys Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 and in total she swept up 16 regional Chicago Emmys.
Born in Chicago in 1928, Bell hosted The Lee Phillip Show for more than 30 years, where she interviewed presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles.
Veteran cast member of The Young and the Restless, Melody Thomas Scott who played the role of Nikki Newman since 1981, described Bell as a true matriarch.
“A television pioneer and powerhouse in her own right, she elevated daytime television,” Scott said.
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