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News for the week of 09-Jul-2012

by Carol Banks Weber

Kate Linder (Esther) hosts a star-studded afternoon tea in the Hyatt Regency Vancouver Regency Ballroom, July 21, noon — for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. Linder’s 14th annual Afternoon Tea features guest stars Christian LeBlanc (Michael), Jessica Collins (Avery), Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea), and Jeff Branson (Ronan), a Q&A, raffle, live auction (including a makeover by soap hair stylist George Guzman and makeup artist Patti Denney), autograph session, and more. The event has limited seating, so order tickets online now. For more info, call (604) 836-7929.

Gossip for the week of 09-Jul-2012

by Carol Banks Weber

The secret to Bill Bell’s success was simple: the man worked hard and loved his work. Marlena De Lacroix (Connie Passlacqua Hayman) enjoyed reading the late Bell’s biography, “The Young and Restless Life of William J. Bell, Creator of The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful,” penned by Michael Maloney and Bell’s wife, Lee Phillip Bell — out now. In De Lacroix’s “The Mega-successful, Classy World of Bill Bell,” dated July 5, 2012, she wrote that the man was never a myth but exactly as the world perceived him. De Lacroix’s interview days with Bell confirmed that he was about the work and never about ego. On-set, he always had his eye on the soap in progress. A graduate of Irna Phillips’ (creator, GL/ATWT) school of hard work, Bell would move on to co-create AW with his boss and mentor, then create two of the biggest-selling soap franchises in history, Y&R and B&B, which are still going strong, #s 1 and 2 in ratings. While the book about Bell successfully depicted his workhorse ethics and devotion to family, it didn’t quite capture everything. “My only criticism of this book is that, while it talks about Bell’s true soap genius, it never quite shows what I observed during my interviews with him  – namely, what a tough and ambitious competitor Bell was, as only the most successful of TV executives are.” Still, overall, the book did manage to get into the roots of Bill Bell’s enormous success, which was never handed to him on a silver platter. It’s ethics like his, which is infinitely worth paying attention and adhering to for the next generation: “Bell had a wonderful life, told in this book with the same kind of class that helped make him such a remarkable person in life and in television history.”

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