Monday, March 6, marked what would have been the 90th birthday for the late William J. Bell, creator of the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless, who died in 2005. And to commemorate the special day, current and past stars of the daytime drama took to social media to celebrate the iconic soap opera legend.
Heartfelt posts showed up on the feeds of stars like Bell's daughter, Lauralee Bell (Christine Blair), Eric Braeden (Victor Newman), Doug Davidson (Paul Williams), Michelle Stafford (ex-Phyllis Summers, Y&R; Nina Clay, General Hospital), Sharon Case (Sharon Newman), Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman) and more.
“Today would have been BILL BELL's 90th birthday,” Braeden shared. “We owe him everything! God bless your soul, Bill! We think of you a lot.”
“HB Dad!” wrote Bell. “We feel your love around us always. My dad loved being a storyteller so TY for keeping the shows thriving!”
“It's hard to imagine my life without your impact in it. Countless ppl can say the same,” wrote Greg Rikkart (Kevin Fisher). “Hope you & Jeanne [Cooper, ex-Katherine Chancellor] r cutting up a rug.”
“It would have been #BillBell's 90th birthday,” wrote Stafford. “He was 1 of a kind. I'm sure where ever he is he is still creating magic! I owe him so much.”
“We throw words around like legend or Icon or genius... this man was all of those and more,” wrote Morrow. “An amazing man who we miss every day.”
“William J. Bell would have been 90 today,” tweeted Davidson. “We send our love. God's peace. We miss you!”
“There wouldn't be #EstherValentine w/o #BillBell. I will always be grateful,” wrote Kate Linder (Esther Valentine).
“I owe this legendary artist a most amazing, unexpected life,” wrote Christian LeBlanc(Michael Baldwin). “Merci pour tout.”
“Happy birthday to this great man, Bill Bell!” shared Case. “All my love and gratitude, forever.”
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