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Former Y&R star Christopher Templeton has died

Sad news circulating around the soap world today. Actress, Christopher Templeton passed away on February 15th.  Christopher who for ten years  (1983-1993) played the Abbott’s loyal secretary Carole Robbins Evans on The Young and the Restless died in San Antonio, Texas at age 58.  Templeton battled Polio all of her life, but it never stopped her. On-Air On-Soaps had the good fortune of crossing paths with Christopher on many occasions during our days with SoapCity.com. She was a true inspiration.

From Templeton’s obituary- “Even though Christopher battled Polio her whole life, she courageously broke through all barriers she faced. She was the first disabled actress to receive many contract roles. She was a supporting actress on The Young and the Restless (as Jabot secretary, Carol) for 10 years. She went on to become a successful writer, director, and actress in many movies, independent films, and television productions. Chris’ shows included Simon & Simon, Columbo and In the Heat of the Night among others.

Because of Christopher’s relentless tenacity, she brought her Grey Forest, TX community together through several successful events. Christopher, along with others, started the Grey Forest Farmer’s Market. She was President of the Grey Forest Studio Art Walk for one term. Because she included a fundraiser for the American Breast Cancer Society during the Walk, it was a banner year for them. She was Vice President and member of the Grey Forest Playground Club. Christopher also initiated Relay of Life events at Sandra Day O’Connor High School in Helotes, TX. In the last years of her life, she started a foundation through her business RAWtatoilli which financially aids people in their pursuit of alternative cures to cancer. For more information, visit www.christophertempleton.com. These are among the many gifts that she graciously contributed to her community. Chris herself was a gift!

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Christopher is survived by: her brother Edmund Owen Templeton and his wife Karen of Oconomowoc, WI; her sister Hollis I. Templeton of Helotes, TX; her sister Kendall R. Templeton of Oconomowoc, WI; and her brother William T. Templeton of Scottsdale, AZ.  A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 26, 2011, at 10 AM at Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home.

To view a video of Templeton’s life and leave condolences for the family, go to www.ebensberger-fisher.com and select the “obituaries” tab.

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Kalamaty
Kalamaty

My condolences to her family and friends. I have many great memories of her on Y&R in past years, and often thought the character she brought to life was very warm, loving and, above all else, REAL. No doubt qualities that she possessed in real life. Thank you, Christopher. God bless.

JP
JP

i worked with chris on Y & R for several years. she was always sweet. later we found out we had mutual friends. i saw her a little over a year ago and she looked great and had a wonderful attitude about her situation.

terrific lady.

Sherry Webster
Sherry Webster

I’m deeply saddened by the news of Ms. Templeton’s passing. Her legacy will live on.

Jo Ann Maher
Jo Ann Maher

Sorry to hear the news. She was beautiful with a smile that was simply contagious…when watching her work if she was smiling, so was I…just automatically. She helped pave the way for many others to find the courage to follow her path. My friend Geri Jewell was one who certainly found her way as an actress, comedian, writer, motivational speaker…I know she admired her very much…for her work but most importantaly for all she did for the handicapped to work in show business in any capacity. I myself respected all that she did…I was unaware of her foundation, helping others who had cancer. I certainly will find out more about her Foundation. In her death perhaps I will find the help I need to battle my own lung cancer and the courage to tell my friends and family…asking for their prayers and support. I hope her journey was a peaceful transition and may she always Rest In Peace. My condolances to her family.

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According to her children, William James Bell, Brad Bell (EP and head writer, B&B) and Lauralee Bell Martin (Christine, Y&R), Lee passed away on February 25th at the age of 91.

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They shared: “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.”

Born in Chicago, Illinois on June 9, 1928, Bell was co-creator, along with her late husband William J. Bell, of two of daytime television’s most successful dramas: The Young and the Restless (Y&R), and The Bold and the Beautiful (B&B).

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She was awarded 16 regional (Chicago) Emmy awards and numerous Golden Mike awards. Bell is also the recipient of the Alfred I. Dupont/Columbia University Award for the special The Rape of Paulette, the first program in Chicago to explore the issue.  In 1977, she was the first woman to receive the coveted Governors Award from the Chicago chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.  In 1980, she was named “Person of the Year” by the Broadcast Advertising Club of Chicago and the “Outstanding Woman in Communications” by the Chicago YMCA.  She also received the Salvation Army’s William Booth Award for her distinguished career in communications and social service. Bell won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series as co-creator of The Young and the Restless in 1975 and was recipient of the Daytime Emmys’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

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For now, share your condolences for the Bell family and your thoughts on the passing of this icon, Lee Phillip Bell in the comment section below.

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