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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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Hopefully they don't replace her on Y&R cause noone will ever be Kay... RIP you'll be missed

541 days ago

rita coots    

sad day for us you will be missed

541 days ago


Breaks my heart. No one can replace her and the show will never be the same without her. God bless her and may she rest in peace. Such a loss.

541 days ago


The Y & R will never be the same without you.

541 days ago

Sherrie Jackson-Buller    

awe :( RIP

541 days ago

Bryan Stollings    

;-(....she was my favorite......

541 days ago


Love Mrs. Cooper, me and Mom been watching the young and restless for 40 years, she a class act, she will be missed !! Marie

541 days ago


The show will not be the same. God bless and RIP. Condolences to the family and her tv family. One of the greats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

541 days ago


You were a classy lady and a fantastic actress. You will be missed. Condolences to family and friends.

541 days ago


Jennie Cooper, we love you, and I watch you for 40 years with my Mom, I am sad for this loss, and tell the young and restless crew I so sorry about Jeanne cooper loss, her passing, I just lost my mom also, you losing a great women and actress!! Marie Zawatski

541 days ago


i have enjoyed watching jeanne in young and the restless since it began i will really moss her she was a wonderful actress may she rest in peace and my condolences to her friends and family

541 days ago


Ms Cooper was on that show for so many years. I used to watch it with my Mom when I was younger. I was always happy to hear that she was still going strong. She was a great actress, and I've seen her interviewed...very nice, and fun person. My condolences to her family.

541 days ago

Boreen Bradby    

The Cooper Family
Ever we are grateful and thankful for the wonderful memories your loved one left behind. God bless you all.

541 days ago


The most talented and dedicated actress on SOAPs. She was R&R till the last. RIP beautiful Lady and God Bless your family.

541 days ago

Roseann Engstli    

Oh I'm so sorry to hear of this sad news, I loved watching her on the Young and Restless, I hope they don't replace her becausde she is unreplaceable!
Rest In Peace Jean Cooper!!

541 days ago
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