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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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this is like losing a dear friend, my thoughts and prayer for her children, losing your mother is a major hurt............I like many fans will greatly miss Mrs C

479 days ago


So sad. So sad. Loved her. She kept the show going. We love you Katherine.

479 days ago


Didn't watch Y%R but a couple of times. I remember her from way before that when she would guess star on all of the tv westerns from the late 50's and early 60's. She, at one time, was on all of them, Cheyene, Bonanza, Big Valley, and more I can't remember

479 days ago


Rest in Peace Ms. Cooper you are really going to be missed by your family and your family on the Young & The Restless on the show. What is Jill going to do without you and who is she going to start her fights with now?

479 days ago


Classy lady - fabulous run on The Young and the Restless. She will be missed. Prayers to her family.

479 days ago


Sad to hear of her passing, she was one classy lady! My condolences to her family, and thank you Corbin for keeping us posted on your beautiful Mother! RIP Jeanne!

479 days ago

Vegas mommy    

RIP... You will be missed

479 days ago

Anne Redding    

I am in shock and so sad. sympathy to her family

479 days ago


I am so,sad to hear of the loss,of Jeanne Cooper......
I have watched Y&R since day one.....she was the best character on the show...
She will be deeply missed...
RIP Jeanne...we love you.

479 days ago


I am in SHOCK at this time.....!!!
I can't Believe that Jeanne Cooper....Mrs. Katherine Chancellor has passed away....The "Young & Restless" will TRUELY MISS HER. And, the show will
never be the same... She has been with the show since 1973. My Condolences goes out to her Son Corbin Bernsen.....Our Prays & Thoughts are with All of YOU today...!!! God Bless....!!!!

479 days ago


So sorry to hear this news. Have been watching her on Y&R since 1974. What a great actor. She also did parts on TV Shows I saw ie Big Valley, Perry Mason. I will miss seeing her. Condolences to her family. RIP

479 days ago


What a sad, sad day! She was one of the characters that made Young and the Restless what it is, and made you want to keep watching it.....May she rest in Peace and may God watch over all who love her and grant them peace in her passing! Love her!

479 days ago

Darlene Revis    

Thank you Mrs.C for many years that you shared with us on "The Young and the Restless"..You will always be a fond memory...

479 days ago


So sorry to hear this. I remember her from Y&R MANY years ago. RIP.

479 days ago

Jeanne Aro    

I remember Jeanne Cooper first on Ban Casey. I believe she played the part of the head nurse. Her name stood out to me because it's spelled the same as mine. My name is also Jeanne. My mother always watch The Young and the Restless and loved the show and now, since I've retired I'm at home babysitting and I watch it every day. Jeanne Cooper will certainly be missed.

479 days ago
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