Maria Arena Bell
is an American novelist,
television and freelance writer.
In February 2007, she was appointed to the Commission on The Status
of Women by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
. Her essays have
been published in The New York
Times, Aspen Peak and C Magazine
She is the co-chair of the Board of The Museum of Contemporary Art
Los Angeles, The President of the Board of PS Arts, and a board
member of DiCapo Opera Theater and Center Dance Arts.
During the 2007 Writers Guild
(WGA) strike, she took Financial Core Status
(FiCore) to become
the co-Head Writer
of CBS Daytime
's The Young And The Restless
WGA members who have chosen to go FiCore still pay dues to the
Guild but are no longer members with voting privileges. She is
currently the Head Writer and Co-Executive Producer of The Young
and The Restless.
Arena Bell is married to Bill Bell Jr., the eldest son of
creators William J.
and Lee Phillip Bell
. Her brother and sister in
law are Bradley Bell
and Lauralee Bell
. She graduated from Northwestern
University in 1987, and is a registered Republican.
The Bold and the
(credited as Maria Arena
The Young and The
- Script Writer 1990-92
- Co-Head Writer: December 26, 2007 - April 21, 2008
- Head Writer: April 22, 2008 - Present
- Co-Executive Producer (with Paul
Rauch: October 3, 2008 - present)