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'Young & Restless' Star

Jeanne Cooper Dead At 84

5/8/2013 10:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0508-jeanne-cooper-gettyJeanne Cooper, a huge soap opera star who played Katherine Chancellor on "The Young and the Restless" for decades, has died. She was 84.

"L.A. Law" star Corbin Bernsen -- Cooper's real-life son -- tweeted this morning that she had passed away. She had fallen ill with an infection earlier this year after helping promote "Y&R's" 40th anniversary.

Cooper joined the show soon after its 1973 debut and had been nominated for 10 Daytime Emmys going back to '89 ... she finally won for lead actress in 2008.

Cooper was married to TV producer Harry Bernsen, Jr. for 23 years before divorcing ... all three of their children -- Corbin, Collin and Caren -- are actors.

Her character Katherine was groundbreaking in daytime ... she went through bouts of alcoholism, lost four husbands and a child ... and even had lesbian flings. But her most famous thread was a bitter feud with Jill Foster Abbott ... including this epic catfight:

 

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theresa ream    

My husband and I really loved Jeanne Cooper, she was a great great actress, May you rest in peace, you will be greatly missed , you made the young and restless what it is!

482 days ago
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turneyb    

she will be sorely missed

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rkhicks    

Have watched Y&R since the very first day...Katherine, you salty old broad...lol from another salty ol broad...you Will Be Missed!

482 days ago
184.

Starwatcher2012    

I loved Mrs C. Rest in peace Ms Cooper!

482 days ago
185.

Carol    

I also love watching her on old shows on MeTV. Gunsmoke, The Big Valley, Perry Mason,
RIP Jeanne.

482 days ago
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brenda    

I remember watching her on The Young and the Restless when I was a young mom. Loved the soap operas. Rest In Peace. My condolences to her family

482 days ago
187.

latestdiets.net    

she was so hot about 65 years ago. RIP

482 days ago
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tracy    

I feel like I knew her. Watching her everyday she became part of the family. She will be missed terribly. I am sorry for her childrens loss.

482 days ago
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tracy    

I felt like I knew her personally. Watching her everyday you feel like you know them. How sad.She will be terribly missed.

482 days ago
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Archie Palmer    

Wow, what a great loss. Mrs. C was the Diva of daytime TV. it also started me watching a soap opera. Meaning this was the only one I watched. My friends joked about me knowing so much about the storylines. Real men love a classy woman. You will be missed

482 days ago
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Kathryn    

there will never be another Katherine as great as she.

482 days ago
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suzy    

I loved her so much. She was the star of the Y&R and was a first-class actress.

482 days ago
193.

Mei    

As far as I am concerned, she was the Young and the Restless. Sympathy to her family and friends.

482 days ago
194.

Elvis    

WOW she was a good one, I remember seeing her when I was a kid, I always liked her Spunk on the show, You were Great Jeanne, go high on that mountain, tell George Jones we miss him too........

482 days ago
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Mariann    

Thank you, Jeanne, for 40 wonderful years with Mrs. Chancellor. You are without a doubt a daytime Grande Dame. You will be sorely missed!

482 days ago
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