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William J. Bell
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Full Name

William Joseph Bell

Birthdate

March 6, 1927

Birthplace

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Date of Death

April 29, 2005 (age 78)

Cause of Death

Complications from Alzheimer's disease

Occupation

Writer; Executive Producer; Creator

Years Active

1956-2005

William J. Bell daytime career began as a writer for Guiding Light in 1956. Bell soon moved to writing for As the World Turns and helped create Another World with Irna Phillips. In 1966, Bell was hired as the head writer of Days of our Lives. Bell created The Young and the Restless in 1973 with the help of his wife Lee. Bell was head writer of both Y&R and DAYS until 1975. In 1987, Bell and his wife created another soap The Bold and the Beautiful. Bell was actively involved with both B&B and Y&R until the early 2000's when his health started to fail. Bell died on April 29, 2005 due to complications of Alzheimer's disease. Bell's legacy continues and between B&B, Y&R and DAYS, over 30 of the characters Bell helped create during his tenure on those shows are still active characters today.

Personal LifeEdit

Bell was married to Lee Phillip Bell from 10/1954 until his death. They shared three children: William Joseph Bell Jr., Bradley Phillip Bell (b. 06/29/1964) and Lauralee Kristen Bell (b. 12/22/1968).

SoapographyEdit

  • Writer at Guiding Light (1956)
  • Writer at As the World Turns (1957-1966)
  • Co-Creator of Another World
  • Co-Head Writer at Another World (05/04/1964-03/1965)
  • Co-Creator of Our Private World
  • Co-Head Writer at Our Private World (1965)
  • Head Writer at Days of our Lives (07/05/1966-05/06/1975)
  • Co-Creator of The Young and the Restless
  • Executive Producer of The Young and the Restless (03/26/1973-04/2005)
  • Head Writer of The Young and the Restless (03/26/1973-1998)
  • Co-Creator of The Bold and the Beautiful
  • Executive Producer at The Bold and the Beautiful (03/23/1987-1996)
  • Head Writer at The Bold and the Beautiful (03/23/1987-1993)
  • Executive Story Consultant at The Young and the Restless (2000-2003)

Awards and NominationsEdit

Daytime Emmy Awards

YEAR CATEGORY SHOW W/N
1975 Writing Team Days of our Lives N
1975 Writing Team The Young and the Restless N
1975 Drama Series Another World N
1975 Drama Series Another World W
1976 Writing Team The Young and the Restless N
1976 Writing Team Days of our Lives W
1977 Writing Team Days of our Lives N
1978 Writing Team Days of our Lives N
1979 Writing Team The Young and the Restless N
1983 Drama Series The Young and the Restless W
1985 Drama Series The Young and the Restless W
1986 Writing Team The Young and the Restless N
1986 Drama Series The Young and the Restless W
1987 Writing Team The Young and the Restless N
1987 Drama Series The Young and the Restless N
1988 Drama Series The Young and the Restless N
1989 Drama Series The Young and the Restless N
1990 Writing Team The Young and the Restless N
1990 Drama Series The Young and the Restless N
1991 Writing Team The Young and the Restless N
1991 Drama Series The Young and the Restless N
1992 Drama Series The Young and the Restless N
1992 Lifetime Achievement W
1992 Writing Team The Young and the Restless W
1993 Writing Team The Young and the Restless N
1993 Drama Series The Young and the Restless W
1994 Writing Team The Young and the Restless N
1995 Writing Team The Young and the Restless N
1995 Drama Series The Young and the Restless N
1996 Drama Series The Young and the Restless N
1997 Drama Series The Young and the Restless N
1997 Writing Team The Young and the Restless W
1998 Writing Team The Young and the Restless N
1998 Drama Series The Young and the Restless N
1999 Writing Team The Young and the Restless N
1999 Drama Series The Young and the Restless N
2000 Drama Series The Young and the Restless N
2000 Writing Team The Young and the Restless W
2001 Writing Team The Young and the Restless N
2001 Drama Series The Young and the Restless N
2002 Drama Series The Young and the Restless N
2003 Writing Team The Young and the Restless N
2003 Drama Series The Young and the Restless N
2004 Drama Series The Young and the Restless W
2005 Drama Series The Young and the Restless N
2006 Drama Series The Young and the Restless N

Soap Opera Digest Awards

YEAR CATEGORY SHOW W/N
1985 Editor's Choice W
1992 Editor's Choice W

Writers Guild of America

YEAR SHOW W/N
1975 Days of our Lives N
1976 N
1978 N
2000 The Young and the Restless N

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