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By Yolanda Crous

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FAMILY MEMENTOS

Lauralee Bell and her mother

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My mom lived a wonderful life, and she passed away right at the beginning of quarantine. I've been going through my parents' home, and I've found so many happy things: little notes that I wrote to my parents when I was 10; my school IDs from 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade. It was like a treasure hunt for me—and a nice way of reflecting on my life.

MY YELLOW LAB

Yellow lab dog resting

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Chelsea is the most loving dog. She's sleeping under my desk right now. She's my shadow. Although as soon as my husband walks in, she'll run over to him.

ACTING WITH DOUG DAVIDSON

Lauralee Bell and Doug Davidson on set of soap opera

Lauralee Bell and Doug Davidson on the set of The Young and the Restless.

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He plays Paul, my husband, on The Young and the Restless. We have this friendship where we look into each other's eyes and trust each other. I love a tearful scene with him as much as I love a hysterical scene, because it's just human emotions. Any day working with Doug Davidson is a gift.

ROSEBUDS

Closeup shot of a rose

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I transplanted my mom's roses from her house to my yard. I thought they wouldn't bloom until next year. But every day there are little buds and blooms that I didn't see the day before. It's calming to me.

POST-IT NOTES

Post-it note with a smiley face

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When I was younger, if you had asked me what I would bring to a desert island, I would have said mascara. Now the answer is Post-its. Every day I make a list of little accomplishments that I'd like to get done and put them on my Post-its. I have notes everywhere. When I've checked off my list, then I'm relaxed.

FLOATIES

Flamingo pool floatie in a pool

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Last spring I was going to take my 17-year-old daughter to Coachella. We rented a house with a pool and got floaties. When the festival was canceled because of the pandemic, I said, "We can blow up the floaties and have a Fauxchella!" But she said, "No." I have pink pool doodles. I have a flamingo. If the pandemic continues, I am pulling them out. I don't care.

SEINFELD

Cast of the TV show Seinfeld

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My husband and I watch it every single night, which sounds so silly. But when the news is crazy, it's like this security blanket. It ends my day on a happy note.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, November-December 2020.

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Originally published in Watch Magazine, November-December 2020.

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Nick (Joshua Morrow) and Sharon (Sharon Case) comfort their daughter, Cassie (Camryn Grimes).

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By Nate Millado

Daytime's #1 drama is about to hit an impressive milestone: The Young and the Restless' 12,000th episode. To put things into perspective, that's about 48 years' worth of twists, turns, marriages, babies, funerals, supercouples, supervillains, and more!

Expect a lot of surprises and exciting returns (like Daytime Emmy–winning Tricia Cast as Nina Webster) when Y&R celebrates, the week of Nov. 30. In honor of 12,000 episodes, we're rounding up 12 shocking storylines in Genoa City.

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Victor Newman reunites with his estranged father (2003)

Wealth means nothing without family, and no one knows this better than self-made man Victor Newman (Eric Braeden). At a Toronto hospice, Victor confronts dying dad Albert Miller, whose abandonment of his family left his wife no choice but to leave their son at an orphanage. Multi-millionaire Albert asks his long-lost son to "name a price" so he can offer him a check to go away. But Victor shuts him down with the ultimate mic drop: "I'm no longer Christian Miller. I'm Victor Newman ... the Victor Newman."

Devon is trapped with a lion (2005)

The Winters rescue Devon at the zoo

Bryton James, Christel Khalil, Victoria Rowell, Kristoff St. John, and Shemar Moore on The Young and the Restless.

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After everyone forgets poor Devon's (Bryton James) birthday, he wanders to the zoo—and into a lion's den. Paralyzed with fear, Devon is rescued by Malcolm (Shemar Moore) and Neil (Kristoff St. John). Aww, the Winters do care!

David Kimble meets his maker (1991)

Michale Corbett as David Kimble on The Young and the Restless

Michael Corbett as David Kimble on The Young and the Restless.

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Nina's (Tricia Cast) no-good ex was garbage, so there's poetic justice to David's (Michael Corbett) demise. After a thwarted murder spree at the masquerade ball, David flees the scene with the cops hot on his trail. He hides in a trash compactor but accidentally activates it and gets crushed to death in front of Danny and Cricket!

Sharon and Nick's daughter dies (2005)

Cassie drives her intoxicated crush, Daniel, home from a party, but crashes the car and suffers injuries from the accident. She flatlines with her grief-stricken parents by her side. Sharon (Sharon Case) and Nick (Joshua Morrow) are gutted—as are Y&R fans who undoubtedly went through an entire box (or two) of Kleenex. Cassie's death had long-lasting repercussions, including Nick's affair with Phyllis.

Ashley Abbott learns the truth (1983)

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Ashley Abbott (Eileen Davidson), Dina Abbott (Marla Adams), and Eric Garrison (Brian Matthews).

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John Abbott ... you are not the father! Eileen Davidson herself calls the big reveal—that Ashley was the result of Dina's (Marla Adams) affair with former golf pro Brent Davis—a "game-changer." Ashley went missing shortly after, with no memory of her life, due to the shock. John would go to his grave never knowing the truth.

Lauren is kidnapped on her honeymoon (2005)

Lauren and Michael at their wedding

Lauren (Tracey Bregman) and Michael (Christian Jules Le Blanc) celebrate their wedding on The Young and the Restless.

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Supervillain Sheila Carter has unleashed a whole lot of crazy over the decades—and not just on the citizens of Genoa City, but also on the Forresters over at The Bold and the Beautiful. But the object of her obsession has always been Lauren Fenmore (Tracey Bregman). It's hard to decide which of Sheila's dastardly plots were the most shocking, but we'll go with that time she kidnapped her arch-nemesis during Lauren's honeymoon to Michael (Christian Jules Le Blanc)!

Lily Winters discovers the identity of her biological father (2005)

Malcolm holds Lily's hand

Malcolm is revealed to be Lily's biological father.

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For years, Lily (Christel Khalil) thought Neil Winters was her daddy, until she overheard Phyllis spill the beans that it was actually her Uncle Malcolm! (Remember Dru's cold-meds-induced one-night stand?) She confronts Drucilla about the baby daddy drama, further straining their already complicated relationship.

Phyllis is behind Paul and Cricket's hit-and-run (1994)

Michelle Stafford as Phyllis on The Young and the Restless

Michelle Stafford of The Young and the Restless.

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When an oncoming car barrels toward Christine (Lauralee Bell), Paul (Doug Davidson) pushes her out of the way—and is left impotent! It turns out Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) was behind the wheel (enraged after seeing Cricket and Danny's liplock), but nearly 20 years pass before Christine connects the dots.

Nikki marries Victor on her "deathbed" (1998)

Melody Thomas Scott as Nikki Reed Newman in a red dress

Melody Thomas Scott stars as Nikki Reed Newman.

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Y&R's resident super-couple have wed four times—but the second time was a doozy! Nikki (Melody Thomas Scott) is shot by Veronica Landers, and the prognosis isn't good. Even though he has just gotten hitched to Diane, Victor grants Nikki's dying wish: to remarry in front of friends and family in her hospital room. After they exchange vows, she slips back into unconsciousness. But Victor must have given her something to live for because Nikki eventually pulls through!

Kevin Fisher is Michael's estranged brother (2003)

Michael and his half-brother, Kevin

Viewers learn that bad boy Kevin Fisher is Michael Baldwin's estranged brother.

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Looks like trouble runs in the family. We all know of Michael's dubious past, but viewers were still shocked to learn that bad boy Kevin Fisher (Greg Rikaart)—yes, internet predator and Gina's arsonist Kevin Fisher—is Michael's half-bro!

Traci is shocked by the return of her estranged mother (1983)

Marla Adamas as Dina Abbott

Dina Abbott (Marla Adams) returns to the family she abandoned.

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Dina Abbott was never quite Mother of the Year—she abandoned her husband, John, and their three kids when Traci (Beth Maitland) was a child. So imagine everyone's surprise when Dina resurfaced 12 years later! Sadly, the Abbotts (and Y&R fans) recently had to say goodbye to the Abbott matriarch, but boy, did "Madame Mergeron" know how to make an entrance back in 1983!

Victor returns from the dead (1993)

A surprised Jack Abbott

Jack (Peter Bergman) can't believe his eyes.

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Victor has "died" many times, but this reunion between rivals was one juicy resurrection. A very much alive Victor swivels in his chair and reveals himself to his nemesis, Jack Abbott (Peter Bergman), who drops his glass in disbelief. "Dear God in heaven," Jack finally mutters. "Who are you?" Victor taunts him: "I'm your worst nightmare." We're definitely not in Kansas anymore!

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By Nate Millado

The Young and the Restless has been a Daytime fixture since the sudser premiered in 1973. Just as iconic is its earworm of a theme song. (Seriously, name another opening title that's as recognizable with your parents—and grandparents!) Unsurprisingly, the endearing and enduring instrumental has as fascinating a backstory as the Abbotts and Newmans.

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"Cotton's Dream"

Believe it or not, The Young and the Restless theme song wasn't written for Y&R! Barry De Vorzon and Perry Botkin Jr. composed the music ("Cotton's Dream") for a 1971 film called Bless the Beasts and Children.

A Soap Is Born

\u200bThe original opening credits for The Young and the Restless

The original opening credits for The Young and the Restless.

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Two years later, Botkin rearranged the instrumental as the opening titles for the new daytime drama. The theme song played over pencil sketches of the original cast.

Nadia's Theme

It wasn't until the 1976 Olympics that the ditty captured the zeitgeist. Wide World of Sports used "Cotton's Dream" to underscore a montage of gymnast Nadia Comaneci's floor routines. Viewers were obsessed, and A&M Records capitalized on public interest by releasing it as a single titled "Nadia's Theme (The Young and the Restless)." The commercial hit peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100—and even won the 1977 Grammy for "Best Instrumental Arrangement."

Bringing Drama To Radio

"Nadia's Theme" has become synonymous with daytime TV's No. 1 drama, but it reentered the pop culture conversation in 2002, when R&B queen Mary J Blige sampled it for her hit song "No More Drama." Credit Y&R fan Jimmy Jam, who produced and wrote "Drama" with his partner, Terry Lewis. "I always thought it would be cool to sample that intro and use it with the idea of no more drama," he told Entertainment Weekly. "Mary said, 'Have y'all been following me around? It's perfect.'"

The song peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100, won Blige her first MTV Video Music Award, and brought down the house at the 2002 Grammys.

Cue the Waterworks

Has there ever been a more heartbreaking death than the 2005 passing of Cassie Newman (Camryn Grimes)? The evocative theme song—layered over the sound of a flatline—took an already gut-wrenching scene to another level as Nick (Joshua Morrow) and Sharon (Sharon Case) grieve over Cassie, who sustained injuries from a car accident.

Y&R Theme: Quarantine Edition!

Fast-forward to present-day, when a few Y&R stars made the iconic theme song their own—from the safety of their homes. Enjoy this quarantine rendition, courtesy of Peter Bergman (Jack), Eileen Davidson (Ashley), Lauralee Bell (Christine), Greg Rikaart (Kevin), Melissa Ordway (Abby), Sean Dominic (Nate), Camryn Grimes (Mariah), Kate Linder (Esther), Christian Jules Le Blanc (Michael), Joshua Morrow (Nicholas) and Jason Thompson (Billy). Dare we say we might like it as much as the original!

Special Milestone Theme

Beth Maitland as Traci Abbott

Beth Maitland in The Young and the Restless' 12,000th episode.

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On Dec. 1, Y&R hits an impressive milestone: its 12,000th episode. To mark the occasion, fan-favorite Beth Maitland (who's played Traci Abbott on the sudser since 1982) will perform all-new lyrics for the theme song. "The last time the theme was performed with lyrics on the show was by Patty Weaver some time in the 1990s, and she did a brilliant, moving, and beautiful rendition," Maitland told Watch. "These new lyrics are more hopeful, in my opinion, and the last phrase, 'Just look inside and you'll find a love like mine,' was particularly moving and telling to me. In a time the world is divided and upside down, there is hope in the thing that will heal us: love."

She adds: "I am so honored to have been chosen to sing this version for the 12,000th episode. As part of the show's legacy cast, it means so much to me to be a part of the grand tradition that is Y&R."

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