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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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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!

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Linda R. Holt    

Jeanne Cooper, Will be missed very much, I loved to watch her she was one of my Favorites. The yong and restless will never be the same, I dont think anyone could ever take her place, and make it as good as she did. God Bless her 3 children loosing her so close to mothers day. Because there is no love like that of a mother, i know i lost mine 8 yrs ago and i still miss her badly.may God bless her she was a fine person. Linda R. Holt

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Charlotte Crane    

RIP....She will be missed.

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dorothy lloyd    

i rember her even playing in westerns she never changed just as pretty back then as she was on young and the restless MAY U REST AFTER ALOT OF WORK SWEET DREAMS R.I.P u will be sadly missed........

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Sandy    

RIP, you will be missed greatly. Condolences to her family

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Penny     

She will truly be missed; one of my favorite characers on the Young and Restless!!!

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shirley perry    

I'm very sorry to read about Katherine. She was of the best actor on the young and restless.

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ANITA    

A Daytime Icon! The show will not be the same. Y will be missed.

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candy    

RIP Mrs Chancellor

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Diane    

She will be missed. She was a great actress and personality. God speed.

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diane trepanier    

RIP...she was a lovely lady and was beautiful , was a great actress they will never be able to replace her.

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ronald    

i remember hear at the maui county fair 1979

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Johnnie Blue    

What a loss! Feels like we lost a friend. The world is a bit darker without her but has been made more beautiful because of her. Prayers, fond memories and sincere sympathies go out to all of her loved ones...

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Johnnie Blue    

What a loss! Feels like we lost a friend. The world is a bit darker without her but has been made more beautiful because of her. Prayers, loving thoughts and sincere sympathies to all of her loved ones...

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Pauline    

I have watched her on Y & R for 40 years. I will miss seeing her on the show. RIP and may the good Lord bless your family in his time of sorrow. Family members,.. always remember the happy times, the fun times, the laughter, the caring and the love your mom had. Keep those memories close to your heart and no one can take them away from you.
Pauline... a true Y & R fan!

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