Bill decided to leave advertising when he was hired by legendary television writer Irma Phillips, who created “Guiding Light” and “As the World Turns.” He stayed with her for 10 years, learning the industry and making trips to New York.
Then he decided he’d create his own soap opera, and I thought it was a great idea because he’d be making more than $50 per week. That’s when he started “The Young and the Restless.”
We had a wonderful marriage, and every day was a gift, but for the last six years of his life, Bill suffered from Alzheimer’s. He couldn’t drive anymore, and he didn’t even remember who I was, but he was loving and caring until the end.
Bell has put all her favorite memories in a new book called "The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell" on sale now.
Watch an old episode of THE LEE PHILLIP SHOW from Christmas 1968 below: