Christine — Don’t call her “The Bug” — Williams may not be seen often, but it was a treat to have her onscreen with Tricia Cast recently. And actress Lauralee Bell has just as much reason to celebrate.
Happy Birthday, Lauralee Bell
That’s because she was born on December 22, 1968, in Chicago, Illinois, which means that this talented performer is turning 52 years old today. In 1983, Bell, a nascent actress, was offered a bit part on The Young and the Restless — the powerhouse daytime dynamo that had been created by her parents, William J. and Lee Phillips Bell.
The role of Cricket was eventually bolstered to the extent that Bell was offered a starring player’s contract in 1986. In the ensuing years, Cricket pursued a romance with a man named Scotty Granger whom she learned was her half brother, fell in love with Rock n’ Roll superstar Danny Romalotti, and later found lasting happiness with Paul Williams.
Bell’s tenure at YR was also characterized by the maturation of the role she played. After being raped by a man named Derek Stuart, Cricket took to using her given name of Christine and the former model enrolled in and graduated from, law school eventually setting up a legal aid practice.
On October 4, 1997, Bell wed longtime boyfriend Scott Martin and the couple eventually welcomed two children; a son (Christian James) and a daughter (Samantha Lee). After the birth of her second child, Bell asked YR producers to bump her down to recurring status, a position which she has maintained — on and off — ever since.
Aside from her work in the daytime arena, Bell has appeared in a number of other projects including episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger, Pacific Blue, and CSI: Miami, as well as films such as Carpool Guy, Past Sins, Mistress Hunter, and Nightmare Tenant. In 1995, she played an exaggerated version of herself on Diagnosis: Murder.
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