|Born||in California, USA|
|Birth Name||Cita M. Arena|
Mini Bio (1)
Maria Arena Bell grew up in Newport Beach, California. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Northwestern University and did post graduate work in 19th Century Art. She began her career as a fashion designer for a major Los Angeles based garment manufacturer. In 1988, legendary writer William J. Bell hired Maria Arena for his then-new soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful (1987) when a spot on his writing got vacant. There, she helped create the character of Sally Spectra who was loosely based on her step-father who worked in the Los Angeles garment industry and also provided design sketches as well as general fashion advice. Not only did her career as a writer get a boost, her private life also changed tremendously when Maria Arena married William J. Bell Jr. who serves for the production company of his parent's daytime dramas in 1993 after 5 years of court-ship. The couple shares two children. After leaving The Bold and the Beautiful Maria Arena Bell tried her luck in developing television formats for CBS and NBC in addition to her services for various philanthropic organizations in the Los Angeles area. She also worked as an essayist for publications such as "T" the New York Times Style Magazine, "C" Magazine, Aspen Magazine, and Aspen Peak Magazine. In a surprising twist, Bell returned to daytime television in December 2007: when Lynn Marie Latham was fired from The Young and the Restless (1973) the stay-at-home-mom stepped in alongside novelist and soap writer Josh Griffith. The duo guided the show through the writer's strike of 2008 (causing Bell to lose all privileges within the Writer's Guild of America). Pretty soon, Bell was named sole head writer and became one of the show's executive producers alongside legendary soap producer Paul Rauch. Whilst her initial tenure was considered a creative resurgence putting fan favorites like Jeanne Cooper back to the fore front and led to the return of several cast and crew members, the latter half of Bell's tenure also caught great controversy amongst critics and viewers as well as slightly sinking ratings. Her dismissal just around the show's milestone 10,000th episode in 2012 nevertheless came as a surprise. In 2011, she was awarded a Daytime Emmy Award alongside her writing team, in addition to a total of 6 nominations as writer and producer on the show. After her departure from The Young and the Restless, Bell founded the production company Vitameatavegamin Productions. An avid art collector in possession of pieces by such well known artists like Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons, Bell is co-chair of Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and has helped raise more than eleven million dollars to support the museum.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Torsten B. Tomaschek
|William J. Bell Jr.||(September 1993 - present) (2 children)|