Lauralee Bell, nominated for a 2016 Daytime Emmy as OutstandingSupporting Actress, always preferred to create her own opportunitiesrather than have them handed to her. Accordingly, Bell left the cocoonof the show she grew up on, The Young and the Restless, the #1 ratedsoap, in 2005 to try her luck in other areas. After succeeding, she nowworks on the show and does other projects at the same time. Bell wonthe female lead in her first film, Carpool Guy, the lead in the 2006Lifetime movie, Past Sins, and one of the leads in Easy Rider: The RideBack.
In between, she's raising two very active kids and in her sparetime, she's been creating, producing, writing and often acting inseveral webseries including Family Dinner, Just Off Rodeo and mIpromise. She also guested on CSI: Miami, and Castle. Her latest, mIpromise, earned Bell an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Special Class-ShortFormat Daytime Program. She continues a rich family tradition ofcreating her own projects and winning an Emmy® for her efforts. In June, 2009, Bell debuted her first Webby Honoree webseries, FamilyDinner.
Bell wrote, directed, co-starred and with her husband and AnneClements, produced the series. The first two episodes featured PhyllisDiller, the next two Cloris Leachman, and the fifth episode featuredShirley Jones. All the webisodes made the front page of funnyordie. com,the industry's leading humor website. In 2011, Bell launched her nextweb series, Telly Award-winner Just Off Rodeo, to merge her fashionsense with entertainment and merchandising.
She then debuted mIpromise, created to dramatize the results of teen texting and driving,and won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class-Short FormatDaytime Program. mI promise, also a Webby Award Honoree, received a lotof positive feedback. Achievement and success are the norm in the Bellfamily. Lauralee's late father, William Bell, wrote Days of Our Livesand, with Irna Phillips, developed Another World, and wrote and ranGuiding Light and As the World Turns. With Lauralee's mother, LeePhillip Bell, he created the hugely successful, The Young and theRestless and the popular daytime drama, The Bold and the Beautiful.
"While The Young and the Restless has always been produced and taped inHollywood since its start, the Bell family continued living in Chicagountil 1986. Their roots were there and Lauralee and her two olderbrothers, Bill Jr. , now the president of Bell-Phillip Television andBradley, now the executive producer of The Bold and the Beautiful, allattended school in the Windy City. Lee Phillip Bell hosted her owntelevision show on the CBS affiliate, WBBM-TV. Lee won fifteen Emmysfor the program and became one of the city's most recognizedpersonalities.
"My mom got stopped every two seconds," recalls a proudLauralee, "but it wasn't until I had kids of my own that I realized mymom is Superwoman, she was always there for us and we were unaware ofher heavy workload. " Her parents, particularly William Sr. , commutedregularly between Chicago and Los Angeles. On vacations and holidays,the children were delighted to be able to accompany them, especiallyLauralee, who at age nine asked to be allowed to be a non-speakingextra in an episode of The Young and the Restless. At 13, she had abrief scene and a few lines to speak.
Succeeding trips led to what was slowly becoming a recurring role. Butnow she wasn't asking -- she was being asked to do the show because ofsomething that she had no idea she was creating: positive fan mail. Viewers were charmed by the guileless and natural actress -- someonethey'd like their own daughters to be like. They were writing to thenetwork to say that, at last, here was a teenager relatable to theirown children, rather than to a slick, older actress playing the part ofa teenager. When the family relocated to LA, Lauralee became a full-time cast memberof The Young and the Restless as Christine "Cricket" Blair (RomalottiWilliams Blair Williams -- you know those soap marriages never last).
Bell's castmates accepted her and the audience embraced her. Bell wasvoted "Favorite Soap Opera Actress" in 'TEEN magazine's national pollshortly after joining the cast and in 1999, she was nominated by fansand won the Outstanding Supporting Actress Award at the Soap OperaAwards. Bell lives in Los Angeles. She was the hottest daytime star in Francefor many years as well as their most frequent TV Guide cover subject. Bell guest-starred on the season finale of Walker, Texas Ranger, hostedtelevision specials for E! Entertainment Television, PAX-TV and a talkshow pilot.
On October 4, 1997, Lauralee married then-photographerScott Martin in a storybook wedding in Santa Barbara. The couple hadtheir first child, Christian, in January, 2001 and their second,Samantha, in October, 2002. In 2013, Martin launched 3Labs, LosAngeles' premier event and production facility, located in Culver City. In 1999, during a three-month break from the show, Lauralee fulfilled along held dream by opening her own clothing boutique, On Beverly Blvd. In Spring, 2004, Bell relocated and opened the even more successful, OnSunset, which she closed in 2009 to focus on her writing anddevelopment projects.
The boutique's well-earned reputation derivedfrom Bell's handpicked staff, who acted as a customer's personalstylist. Unsurprisingly, the boutique attracted Hollywood's elite asregular customers. Bell continues to focus on transforming her ideas into reality when sheis not busy acting. And following in her mother's footsteps asSupermom. .
|1||Easy Rider: The Ride Back||2012||as Anne Williams|
|2||The 19th Annual Peoples Choice Awards||1993||as Herself - Accepting Award for Favorite Television Daytime Serial|
|3||The Young and the Restless||1973||as Cricket Blair|
|4||5th Annual Soap Opera Awards||1989||as Herself|
|5||81st Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade||2012||as Herself|
|6||Carpool Guy||2005||as Hope|
|7||Family Dinner||2009||as Karen O'Connell|
|8||mI promise||2013||as Kate|
|9||Past Sins||2006||as Donna Erickson|
|10||The 11th Annual Soap Opera Digest Awards||1995||as Herself - Segment Host|
|11||The 15th Annual Soap Opera Digest Awards||1999||as Herself|
|12||The 34th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards||2007||as Herself|
|13||The 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards||2013||as Herself|
|14||The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards||2014||as Herself - Winner Outstanding Special Class Short Format|
|15||The WIN Awards 2012||2012||as Herself|
|16||Castle||2009||as Pam Francis|
|17||CBS Soap Break||1995||as Herself|
|18||CSI: Miami||2002||as Alissa Valone|
|19||Diagnosis Murder||1993||as Lauralee Bell|
|20||Family Feud||1988||as Herself|
|21||Good Day L.A.||1993||as Herself|
|22||Hollywood Squares||1998||as Guest Appearance|
|23||Intimate Portrait||1993||as Herself|
|25||Match Game||1998||as Herself/panelist|
|26||Pacific Blue||1996||as Christine|
|29||The Bold and the Beautiful||1987||as Christine Blair|
|30||The Wayne Brady Show||2002||as Herself|
|32||Walker, Texas Ranger||1993||as Kim Rivers|
|33||Wheel of Fortune||1983||as Herself - Celebrity Contestant|