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Y&R's Lauralee Bell comments on past tabloid backlash of being boss's daughter!

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The Young and the Restless, Lauralee Bell (Christine) who has been the impetus for the Chance/Ronan story that this week has major repercussions for the Chancellor clan, caught up with TV Guide Canada’s, Nelson Branco, for a look at her recent visit to the number one soap.  Plus, she takes a trip down memory lane, with regards to being the daughter of legendary Bill Bell, the creator of Y&R, and the negative press she received because of it, in the early days of her soap career.

Lauralee commented: “ It was a little hurtful, however, I totally got it. On the flip side, if my father was a lawyer and I announced I was following in his footsteps, that would be cheered on — so why is this so different and hated upon? My mom taught me when I was really young that when you turn the page, you’ll forget what you just read and move on to the next story. And that advice has really helped me throughout my whole life. Recently, I shared this lesson with my daughter. From my own experience, I remember when I was 17 and reading Star magazine and becoming so emotional about some major Hollywood couple breaking up. And my mother was right — the next moment, I had forgotten all about it all. Let’s face it — people have a lot of stuff going on in their lives. They’re not going to sit at home and dwell about it after two minutes. But when the Terry Lester [public attacks] happened, I became pretty emotional about it, but my mom helped me get through it. So my goal was to improve as best as I could and prove that I belonged on Y&R. Eventually, several years later, Terry approached me and said, “Hey, I really want to say I’m sorry.” I responded, “No worries — I totally understood. But that’s very kind of you to apologize.” The irony is from the very beginning when I joined the show I tried to prevent that nepotism thing to rear its head to the point where I wouldn’t introduce myself as Lauralee Bell, which was terrible because I was so proud of my father and my family. Can you imagine being scared to say your name? Now I can say who I am with confidence and pride, but back then I tried to disappear into the background so people could get to know me first before making a judgment or decide not to like me because of my last name. I just wanted to have a fair shot. Like, when the Daytime Emmy pre-noms came out, I knew I didn’t stand a shot of making it on the ballot. I wish I could say I didn’t care about what people think of me, but I do, because I like having friends and I like living in a happy environment.”

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Wanda
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Lauralee Bell seems to forget that when she began her role as Cricket back in the days, she was given front burning storylines always. If that’s not nepotism, I don’t know what is. I remembered thinking,”Why is she getting all the plumb storylines?”, then the penny dropped.

Jeffrey Moree
Jeffrey Moree

Laura Lee has proven herself as an actress! Those scenes where Nina shut the door in her face you could see the pain in her eyes! Well done Laura Lee

Darleen Davidson
Darleen Davidson

Laura lee has really proven herself as an amazing actress! You could totally see the anquish on her face when Nina slammed the door on her face! It is painful to watch the two best friends be torn apart.

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FRIDAY: ATWT’s Larry Bryggman and AMC’s Dorothy Lyman Guest Star On ‘The Blacklist’

Two of the most revered performances ever in the world of daytime drama will be seen tomorrow night on an all-new episode of NBC’s drama series, The Blacklist. (10/9c).

In “The Pawnbrokers”, Daytime Emmy winners, Larry Bryggman (Ex-John Dixon, As the World Turns) and Dorothy Lyman (Ex-Opal Gardner, All My Children) will be seen as a criminal duo!

Bryggman and Lyman play a couple that fronts cash to criminals on the black market. In story, series star, James Spader’s Red acclimates himself to his new digs in federal prison, where he is challenged by an old rival.  Samar (Mozhan Marnò) goes undercover to stop a black market organization that fronts cash to criminals. (Enter Larry and Dorothy!)  And, Liz (Megan Boone) and Jennifer (guest star Fiona Dourif) continue their investigation into Red’s past.

Check out the promo for tomorrow night’s episode below.   Then let us know if you will be checking out Larry and Dorothy and if all of this brings back memories of their amazing performances in Oakdale and in Pine Valley in the comment section below.

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Judith Chapman Confirms She Is Back On DAYS And As Leo’s Mom

Exciting news DAYS fans, those rumblings were true! Judith Chapman will be playing the trouble-making Leo Stark’s (Greg Rikaart) mother on Days of our Lives.  And that reunites Chapman with Rikaart as mother and son.

As soap fans know, they played Gloria and Kevin Fisher on The Young and the Restless for many years together.  Now they will be playing a new mother/son dynamic duo in Salem. But, just what kind of twisted relationship might they have, since Leo has given clues that she was a bad mom?

Soap Opera Digest revealed that Judith will play Diana.   Her first airdate will be on January 29th.  DAYS fans know Judith from her time as Angelica Deveraux from 1989-1991, and most recently when she returned to the show for the 2018 Halloween episode doing a guest-turn as Angelica AKA Satan in Hattie’s (Deidre Hall) nightmare.

Chapman confirmed her arrival on the Salem scene in a tweet today, stating “And I don’t have to keep the secret either Mitch Sandusky! What a GREAT way to start 2019… More articles to come in TV Guide Magazine and Soap Opera Digest… and to be reunited with my TV son.

Diana will have a past with John Black (Drake Hogestyn), which could cause trouble for John and Marlena’s wedded bliss.

So, excited to know Judith will once again tear up the soap-screen, but this time back on DAYS? Comment below.

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Broadway Legend Carol Channing Dies At 97; B&B Remembers Her Time On The Soap

The beloved and iconic star Carol Channing has passed away at age 97.  Best known for her performance as Dolly Levi in Hello Dolly, the Tony Award-winning actress also picked up a Golden Globe for her role in Thoroughly Modern Millie, and was nominated for an Academy Award for it as well, throughout her enduring career.

Reports on Tuesday detail that Channing died at her home in Rancho Mirage, California, of natural causes.

While Channing did so much in her illustrious career, she also appeared as herself back in 1993 on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful.  That’s when the Forresters staged a celebrity-filled fashion show with plenty of glitz.

In a tweet with a photo of B&B’s enduring star, John McCook (Eric Forrester) pictured with Channing, the daytime drama shared: “All of us at mourn the loss of our friend, the legendary star, . She was a true original and there will never be anyone like her. Ms. Channing appeared as herself on B&B in 1993. May she rest in peace.”

Channing’s performance as a diamond-loving showgirl, Lorelei Lee, in the Broadway musical Gentleman Prefer Blondes back in 1949 made her a star.  Marilyn Monroe would play the role in the film adaptation.

Later in her TV career, she appeared on numerous shows including: Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, The Love Boat, Touched by an Angel and several game shows, to name just a few.

Share your thoughts on the passing of Carol Channing via the comment section below.

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