Lauralee Kristen Bell (born December 22, 1968) is an American soap opera actress. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, and attended The Latin School of Chicago. The daughter of soap opera creators William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell, and sister to Bill Bell, Jr. and Bradley Bell as well as sister-in-law to Maria Arena Bell, Lauralee was offered a bit role as a model, Christine 'Cricket' Blair, on her parents' show The Young and the Restless in 1983 and that followed into a contract role in 1986. Over time, her character matured from a model into a Legal Aid lawyer. Her character also dropped the childish epithet of 'Cricket', especially after her rival Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) turned it into a pun against her, calling her 'the Bug.'
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