Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Birthday: December 22
Lauralee Bell, nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Supporting Actress” in 2016, has always preferred to create her own opportunities rather than have them handed to her. Accordingly, Bell left THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS for several years and landed the female lead in her first film, “Carpool Guy,” the lead in the movie, “Past Sins,” and one of the leads in “Easy Rider: The Ride Back,” all while raising two very active kids. Also, she guested on “CSI: Miami,” on the Network, and “Castle.”
Bell’s late father, William Bell, wrote “Days of Our Lives,” developed “Another World,” and wrote and ran both “Guiding Light” and “As the World Turns.” With Lauralee’s mother, Lee Phillip Bell, he created the hugely successful daytime dramas THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and “The Bold and the Beautiful.” The family lived in Chicago until 1986, where Lee Phillip Bell hosted her own television show on the CBS affiliate, WBBM-TV, and won 15 Emmy Awards, becoming one of the city’s most recognized personalities.
At age 9, Lauralee asked for a non-speaking extra role in an episode of THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. At 13, she had a few lines. An explosion of positive viewer fan mail led to her recurring role. When her family relocated to Los Angeles, Bell became a full-time cast member and was voted “Favorite Soap Opera Actress” in Teen Magazine’s national poll, voted “Outstanding Supporting Actress” at the Soap Opera Awards, and for many years, Bell was France's most frequent TV Guide cover subject. She guest-starred in several primetime shows and hosted television specials for E! Entertainment Television and PAX-TV, as well as a talk show pilot. Also, Bell spent a decade creating and running two popular clothing boutiques in Los Angeles.
In June 2009, Bell debuted her first Webby Honoree web series, “Family Dinner.” Bell wrote, directed and, along with her husband and Anne Clements, produced the series. In 2011, Bell launched her next web series, Telly Award-winner “Just Off Rodeo,” to merge her fashion sense with entertainment and merchandising. Next, she debuted “mI Promise, created to dramatize the results of teen texting and driving and won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class-Short Format Daytime Program. The web series was also a Webby Award Honoree.
Currently, Lauralee lives in Los Angeles. On October 4, 1997, Lauralee married then-photographer Scott Martin in a storybook wedding in Santa Barbara. The couple had their first child, Christian, in January of 2001 and their second, Samantha, in October of 2002. In 2013, Martin launched 3Labs, Los Angeles' premier event and production facility.
Her birthday is December 22. Follow her on Twitter @LauraleeB4real.