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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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Conchita    

Another great talent gone. RIP

498 days ago
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Toni    

So sad...been watching Y&R for 40 years, loved her. She will be greatly missed. Prayers to her family.

498 days ago
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Chris Segura    

I am so sorry to hear of her passing, please accept my condolences and prayers for her family and for all of us that knew her as Mrs. C, God Bless and rest in peace!

498 days ago
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MARMARCELLOS    

She will surely be missed. Love Jeanne Cooper for many many years. Y&R please do not replace her. No one can walk in her shoes. RIP Katherine Chancellor.

498 days ago
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Eleanor Walker    

RIP Jeanne, you surely will be missed...there never will be such a great actress...God Bless.

498 days ago
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Vedia    

she was the reason ,that I watch the show, RIP Kate. you will be missed.

498 days ago
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Patricia Hudak    

RIP I always enjoyed watching you. I'm sure the entire cast and crew will miss you as all your fans will.

498 days ago
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Kathy    

Mrs. C is why I watched the Young & the Restless. What a beautiful woman. You will be missed.

498 days ago
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V. White    

So sad! Now THAT is truly the end of an era. My sympathies to her children! It will be a sad mother's day for them.

498 days ago
25.

PREWITT    

WHAT A GREAT GREAT VOID HAS BEEN PLUCKED FROM TV TODAY. MAY SHE WHO DELIGHTED US BE DELIGHTED IN THE BLISSFUL LIGHT OF GOD.

498 days ago
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Debbie Betts    

Been watching the show since I was a senior in high school. The show won't be the same. Just finished reading her book.

498 days ago
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Linda    

R.I.P. Mrs.C You will be missed !! Such a classy lady she was . Young & the Restless will not be the same without you .

498 days ago
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hoosier    

Aww, so sad to hear this news. RIP Mrs. C.

498 days ago
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Ann    

RIP Katherine the show wont be the same without you. You will be missed

498 days ago
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Lil    

So SAD! May she RIP. The show "The Young and the Restless" will NEVER be the same. Prayers for the family at this time. They have been through a lot. As the saying goes, "We will miss you, Mrs. "C". Tears....................................

498 days ago
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