“Fans always ask me how they can learn to bring some of the soap opera magic into their own love lives. Our plot lines always show how important communication is in a good relationship. But treating each other with special gifts and treats is a classic soap technique to spark a passionate embrace.” Lauralee Bell.
Soap opera actress Lauralee Bell, daughter of soap opera creators William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell, is widely known for playing model-turned-lawyer Christine "Cricket" Marie Ellen Blair (formerly Romalotti and Williams) in the popular soap opera created by her parents, "The Young and the Restless" (1985-2006), and in its sister soap, "The Bold and the Beautiful" (2007).
Meanwhile, the award-winning TV star, who was voted Best Soap Actress by Teen Magazine in 1989, has guest-starred in "Walker, Texas Ranger," "Pacific Blue," and "CSI: Miami." She also co-starred in the comedy movie "Carpool Guy" (2005).
More personally, the 5' 6" blue-eyed blonde was romantically linked to her “The Young and the Restless” co-star actor Michael Damien, Scott Baio, and Troy Aikman in the past. She has been married to childhood friend Scott Martin since 1997 and has one son and one daughter.
Childhood and Family:
Daughter of soap opera creators William J. Bell (born March 6, 1927; died from complications of Alzheimer's disease on April 29, 2005) and Lee Phillip Bell, Lauralee Kristen Bell was born December 22, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois. The youngest of three children, Lauralee has two older brothers, Bill Bell Jr. and Bradley Bell, and one older sister, Bradley Bell. Their famous parents lived in a house formerly owned by aviation mogul Howard Hughes and also Cary Grant located in Beverly Hills.
Lauralee graduated from The Latin School of Chicago in 1987. In the eighth grade, when she was only 14-years old, Lauralee met her future husband, Scott Martin, for the first time. She wrote in their high school yearbook, "I'll be hoping for a wedding ring soon."
Lauralee became engaged with Martin, now a professional photographer, in 1996. They were married on October 4, 1997, and now have two children together, a son named Christian James Martin (born on January 17, 2001) and a daughter named Samantha Lee (born on October 28, 2002). During her free time, Lauralee enjoys playing tennis and needlepoint.
“We would have our dinners [on] tray tables every night and watch television. It was just a huge part of our life.” Lauralee Bell.
The Young and the Restless
“My dad is the one who thinks up all the sex [on Y&R], so he has to be pretty open-minded.“ Lauralee Bell.
Daughter of William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell, creators of the extremely successful soap operas "The Young and the Restless" (Y&R) and "The Bold and the Beautiful" (B&B), Lauralee Bell was offered to play an extra with no lines at the age of 9 on “The Young and the Restless.” At 13, she had her first speaking part, as model Christine "Cricket" Marie Ellen Blair (formerly Romalotti and Williams), and over time, her role became expanded.
Bell was eventually made a full time cast member when she was in her senior year in high school and her character would mature from a model into a Legal Aid lawyer. Her character also dropped the childish epithet of "Cricket," especially after her rival Phyllis (played by Michelle Stafford) turned it into a pun against her, calling her "the Bug."
Meanwhile, although naysayers argue that she isn't as talented as her other co-stars and only received her job through nepotism, Bell's work in the CBS daytime soap received general positive reviews. She won a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Daytime Drama Series in 1989 and a Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 1999. She also earned a Young Artist Award nomination for Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor in a Daytime Series (1987) and two Soap Opera Digest Award nominations for Outstanding Younger Leading Actress (1996 and 1998). In 1989, she was voted Best Soap Actress by Teen Magazine.
During her lengthy stint in "The Young and the Restless," Bell was spotted as a guest in a May 1998 episode of CBS western/police dramatic series starring Chuck Norris, "Walker, Texas Ranger," and in an April 1999 episode of USA Network's beach police drama "Pacific Blue."
She also started a second career in 1999, designing her own range of fashion wear. She runs the boutique "On Sunset" in Beverly Hills and co-owns a boutique named “On Beverly Blvd.”
On opening her fashion boutique, Bell said, “I can control a good performance. But I can't control whether a customer will come into the store.”
In January 2005, Bell asked to be released from her "The Young and the Restless" contract, and she only appears on a recurring basis. That same year, she made her film debut with "Carpool Guy," a soapy comedy directed by Corbin Bernsen in which she co-starred as the wife of a hotshot advertising executive (played by Rick Hearst). The film also stars Sean Kanan, Corbin Bernsen, Kristoff St John, and Anthony Geary.
2006 saw Bell starring as Donna Erickson, a workaholic, criminal lawyer with no time for anyone but herself, in the drama/thriller TV movie "Past Sins," and guest-starring in an episode of the CBS crime/cop drama series "CSI: Miami."
Around the mid 2007, Bell brought her "The Young and the Restless" character Christine Blair to its "sister soap," “The Bold and the Beautiful,” which is written and produced by Bell's brother, Bradley.
Soap Opera Digest: Outstanding Supporting Actress, "The Young and the Restless," 1999
Young Artist: Best Young Actress in a Daytime Drama Series, "The Young and the Restless," 1989