This is the one we've been waiting for! Talk show titaness-turned-soap opera co-creator Lee Phillip Bell's biography of her husband, the late William J. Bell, is now on pre-sale. Co-authored by veteran soap journalist Michael Maloney, The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell: Creator of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful tells the story of how the prolific, television icon went from being a Chicago advertising exec to apprenticing for Irna Phillips, creator of Guiding Light and As The World Turns, and later co-creating Another World with Phillips.
The biography will also detail how Bell went on to take NBC's Days of Our Lives (also co-created by Phillips, along with Ted and Betty Corday) from near cancellation to the top of the Nielsens, when he wrote for the serial from 1966-75. Of course, the history Bell fans will most be excited to learn more about will be that of his own soaps, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful, which premiered in 1973 and 1987 respectively.
The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell: Creator of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful hits bookstores June 1. Are you excited for theBill Bell bio? Sound off in the comments!