"Characters you can relate to and identify with and the stories that impact you -- it's much more than looking as an observer. You are getting emotionally involved with these characters, and that is so important."
About This Interview
In his three-and-a-half-hour Archive interview, William Bell (1927-2005) fondly recalls his first soap opera writing job at Guiding Light. He discusses his working relationship with creator and friend Irna Phillips, and with fellow Phillips protege, Agnes Nixon. He talks of co-creating As The World Turns and Another World with Irna Phillips, as well as becoming head writer for Days of Our Lives in 1965. Bell proudly speaks about his creative relationship with wife/writing partner Lee Phillip Bell, with whom he created two successful daytime soap operas, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful. He discusses his sons' and daughter's involvement with his shows, and speaks of the then-current state of soap operas. Alan Carter conducted the interview on July 15, 1998 in Beverly Hills, CA.