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Lee Phillip Bell, The Co-Creator Of The Bold And The Beautiful Has Died At 91

Lee Phillip Bell, the woman who co-created the iconic daytime drama The Bold and The Beautiful, has died aged 91.

The sad news was shared on the series' Instagram page, which paid tribute to the "pioneer in television" who earned an Emmy for her work in broadcast journalism before going on to co-create The Bold and the Beautiful and The Young and the Restless. 

"We are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of a member of our CBS family and the Daytime community, the beloved Lee Phillip Bell," the post reads.

Bell, who was born in 1928, interviewed some of the biggest figures of the 20th century during her time as a journalist, including presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan,  actors Judy Garland, Lucille Ball as well as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, the Hollywood Reporter noted.

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Colleagues, friends and admirers of Bell's have paid tribute to her on social media with 10's Angela Bishop describing her as a "true trailblazer".

Bell and her late husband William J Bell co-created the two long-running CBS dramas together, and are survived by their children William James Bell, Bradley Phillip Bell and Lauralee Bell Martin, who provided this statement.

“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.”

Main Image: Getty. 

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