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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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IwuvTMZ    

RIP

531 days ago
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Lola    

May she rest in peace!! The Young and the Restless won't be the same without her!!

531 days ago
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jacksonorleans    

RIP Ms Cooper...you have been in my living room for the last 40 years..prayers for her family. This made me cry

531 days ago
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Tina    

Rest in peace, Ms. Cooper. You were a fantastic actress. You will be missed. Condolences to family and friends.

531 days ago
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marbles    

So sad, RIP Ms Cooper :(

531 days ago
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karen    

So sad, She was a great actress. Young and the Restless will never be the same. She will be missed deeply. :(

531 days ago
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Jamey Hunter    

Wow, she was just fabulous! Never heard a bad thing about her. She will be missed.

531 days ago
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lily    

NNNOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

531 days ago
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Kathy    

:'(

531 days ago
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Kathy    

:'(

531 days ago
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jen    

:( the matriarch of genoa city has passed...don't think victor and nicci can go on...unless of course snapper comes back and nicci starts hooking again......just a thought....thanks for the daytime entertainment for 40 years in my home...she had a GREAT run.....

531 days ago
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kali    

Amazing actress, you will be missed :(

531 days ago
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bellyman    

She was a great one and will be missed. RIP Jeanne.

531 days ago
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Bonnie hawkins    

She Was The show. RIP

531 days ago
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Beth    

Wow, very sad. She will be missed on the show. Prayers to her family and also her Y&R family as I'm sure they are reeling from this news as well. RIP Jeanne.

531 days ago
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