Role Christine, Y&R
BIRTHDATE: December 22
BIRTHPLACE: Chicago, IL
STAR SIGN: Capricorn
MARITAL STATUS: Married photographer Scott Martin on October 4, 1997
CHILDREN: Son Christian (b. January 17, 2001) and daughter Samantha (b. October 28, 2002).
Lauralee Bell was born and raised in Chicago. The daughter of William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell, Lauralee and her older brothers, Bill, Jr., and Bradley, moved to Los Angeles after her parents created Y&R, which first aired on CBS on March 26, 1973. Lauralee began her acting career as an extra on the show at age 9. As a teenager, she was hired to originate the role of teen model Cricket Blair in 1983. Lauralee was bitten by the show-biz bug early: Her father had helped create ANOTHER WORLD with soap legend Irna Phillips in 1964; her mother, Lee, hosted the popular Chicago morning program THE LEE PHILLIP SHOW. Having overcome charges of nepotism during her daytime debut, Bell established herself as a popular, long-time presence on Y&R. As an adult, she branched out into the business world and co-owns a trendy boutique in L.A. called On Sunset. Bell won a Young Artist Award as Y&R’s Cricket in 1989 and won a SOAP OPERA DIGEST Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 1999.
- Bell and hubby Martin were childhood schoolmates in Chicago. They reconnected when he flew to L.A. in 1996 to escort her to the Soap Opera Digest Awards.
- She is named after mom Lee, whose birth name is Loreylee.
- Her husband is a photographer.
- In 2002, Bell and her career were the subject of Lifetime's INTIMATE PORTRAIT.
- Is 5'6".