DC Interview: Bell Biographer Michael Maloney on Collaborating With Lee Phillip Bell, Family Legacy and What Made Bill Bell a Storyteller

 


There aren't many men who know what it's like to collaborate with Chicago-talk-queen-turned-soap-opera-legend Lee Phillip Bell. There was her late husband, the legendary William J. Bell, whom she co-created two of CBS Daytime's long-running hits, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful, with. Now there's also veteran soap journalist Michael Maloney, the man Phillip Bell chose to help tell her prolific husband's life story in The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell: Creator of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the BeautifulFor his part, Maloney is quite aware of what auspicious company he's been keeping while working with Phillip Bell on the tome.

"Whenever I see my name in a press release, or on the cover of the book with Lee Phillip Bell, I think, 'The last time I might have seen something with her name on it, with someone else, was probably on the credits of Y&R and B&B.' You know, 'co-created by'. I'm thinking that's pretty damn good company to be in!"


You wouldn't find many soap fans, addicted to the countless hours of daytime television enjoyment the Bells have provided over the past several decades, who would disagree with Maloney's assertion. The author worked with Phillip Bell, as well as several of the late Bill Bell's friends, colleagues and children, for years in creating The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell. The biography spans Bell's entire lifes and tells the story of his great love for Lee, their children and the daytime dramas they created together.