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Lauralee Bell On Her 35th Anniversary With Y&R: “My Hope For Cricket Is To Smile The Way She Used To & Chill Whenever Possible.”

Congratulations are in order this Sunday to Lauralee Bell who is celebrating her 35th anniversary with The Young and the Restless.  Hard to believe, it’s been 35 years since the perils of a young Cricket became front and center and those young love stories with Danny (Michael Damian), Phillip (Thom Bierdz) and eventually, Paul ( Doug Davidson).

As Cricket matured, so to was the decision to now call the character by her birth name, Christine.  After all, she became quite the legal eagle! For over three and a half decades with time-off in between, Lauralee has shared memorable storylines with the amazing Tricia Cast, and the late Jeanne Cooper as Nina and Katherine, and let’s not forget Michael Baldwin, played by Christian LeBlanc, to name just a few/

In a few tweets on Sunday, Lauralee acknowledged the day stating: “We all couldn’t do what we love to do without the viewers so thanks to them!”  She followed that up with a tweet filled with photos of herself and her co-stars throughout the years ,and some self-effacing humor stating: “Wasn’t going to post for YR anniversary, because I’m not one to put attention on me but no denying these people have made my life better. Thanks to crew & fans and my hope for Cricket is to smile the way she used to & chill whenever possible”

As viewers know, Lauralee is the daughter of Y&R creators, the late, great Bill Bell and his wife, Lee Phillip Bell.  We are sure Bill is smiling today for Lauralee and proud of this accomplishment.

Share your congrats for Lauralee on this milestone via the comment section below.  Then let us know your most memorable or favorite Cricket/Christine moment on the CBS Daytime drama series.

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My favorite Cricket storylines were when she fell for Phillip and then took the rap for him when he got in a drunk driving accident and when the real Phyllis hit her and Paul with a car.

Timmm
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Lauralee Bell couldnt have said it any better, “My Hope For Cricket Is To Smile The Way She Used To & Chill Whenever Possible.”

I wish she would stay for longer periods of time, have interactions with other characters and quit being such a bitch towards Paul! I know, Paul who?

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I happen to like Christine and Lauralee Bell’s portrayal of the character. My wish is that TPTB could cook up a storyline for her that doesn’t include her being in the courtroom. Maybe a bump in the road for Christine and Paul’s marriage? Another chance at a baby that she wants but, maybe, he doesn’t? That would be fun!

Iakovos
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Iakovos

I want more Christine and Paul on the show. We need a solid stable couple (and that does not mean they have to be boring!). A strong daytime drama needs the stable characters, even they be pouring the coffee for periods of time) to establish and maintain that sense of place, that continuity of history. I had hopes during the white slavery story line the two would be forefront for a time. But that plot never gelled as I thought it should.

Char-Char
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Char-Char

Congrats on 35 yrs of Y&R Lauralee Bell, you truly are an uptown girl. ❤

Celia
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Celia

Char-Char? Are you a Utuber ASMR? If so, love your presentations!!

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k/kay

She is too nice of a person but deep down she has to be sad at the current state of y&r. I would like too see her smile more also but the show has suffered since 2006 not the same.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

I know I’m gonna catch it for this, as I am not nor have ever been a Christine fan. I find her unbearable, but that may be in part due to the writing. But I do applaud Ms. Bell for contributing to her family legacy instead of just cashing in on it. Imagine the memories these veterans must have after decades on a classic, iconic show! Maybe they should give her a story where she’s more sympathetic, like the baby loss of a few years back. I do like her contempt for Miss Nikki as well. Hey, maybe I like… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Congrats to Ms.Bell, on hanging in there so long. My favorite SL has got to be many years ago, as teens, Cricket and Nina got involved with Rose DeVille, played by the wonderful Darlene Connely (spelling wrong?), when the evil Rose stole Nina’s baby, at birth,and was never recovered, until Nina wrote the book, that brought Ronan to GC as her long, lost son.
Second favorite SL was when Chris and Paul were on their 1st honeymoon, and Phyllis followed them, sabatataging them throughout.

TomJ
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She should be head writer of Y&R.

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UPDATED:  According to Deadline  the cast and crew of NBC’s Days of our Lives will actually be returning tomorrow, October 20th to begin taping ahead of schedule after a positive Covid-19 test shut production down originally scheduled for two weeks.

The outlet cited, “Following a thorough investigation including contact tracing, quarantines, testing, and a deep cleaning of the studio, the health and safety experts at Days of our Lives have determined that it was safe to return to production before the end of the two-week period. As a result, the show will be back on set tomorrow Oct 20.”

The word of the early return initially got out Monday, although at that time unconfirmed by the show, apparently, via a posting by Lauren Koslow on her Instagram account where she is pictured in a Kate Roberts outfit in her dressing room.

Koslow shared: “Stepping into Monday in alice + olivia black velvet,” She also tagged the post #dressingroomselfie and the words. “Stay strong.”

She also added a quote from poet Maya Angelou: “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

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The long-running soap will now shut down production for two weeks   According to Deadline, “The cast, crew and staff of the daytime drama were just notified of the temporary shutdown in an email from Corday Productions.”

Taping is slated to resume October 26.  The pause will not delay air dates, and the show’s  original episodes on NBC will not be disrupted.

The individual who received a positive result as part of the production’s Covid-19 protocols has been placed in isolation.   As well, Preliminary contact tracing has been completed, with the people identified as close contacts to the affected individual placed in quarantine for a period of 14 days.

In addition, out of an abundance of caution, Corday productions will have a deep cleaning and disinfecting process for their production facilities, before any taping is to resume.

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Seaview circle comes alive again to benefit the Actor’s Fund when the highly successful virtual reunion series “Stars in the House” hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley welcomes cast members from Knots Landing!

Participating in the livestream virtual event will be: Donna Mills (Abby), Joan Van Ark (Val), Michele Lee (Karen), Ted Shackelford (Gary) and Knots Landing’s creator, David Jacobs.

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This is also the first time the leading stars of the legacy primetime CBS soap opera that ran from 1979-1993 will make an appearance together since the passing of their beloved cast member, Kevin Dobson (Mack).

 

This event as well as all others brought to you by Stars in the House is to support those impacted by COVID-19 in the entertainment industry and as Donna Mills expressed: “The Actors Fund helps people in all branches of the entertainment industry during this very difficult time.”

The Knots Landing live reunion is scheduled for Friday October 8th at 8 p.m. EST/5 p. m. PST and you can watch it here.

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