Jeanne Cooper, who played Katherine Chancellor on “The Young and the Restless,” has died, she was 84. Her death was confirmed by her son, actor Corbin Bernsen, on his Twitter account.
“Mom passed this morning,” Bernsen posted. “She was in peace and without fear.”
Cooper had been suffering from an undisclosed illness. The cause of death was not given.
“When you did work you were proud of, you’d hope for approval or a ‘good job’ from Jeanne as a child would from a parent. When things got too tense, she’d break the tension with her amazing wit. She would teach the younger actors without ever talking down to them. In fact, she would raise them up,” said Bell. “She always had my back and my parents (and our whole family) always had hers.”
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Cooper married television producer Harry Bernsen Jr. in 1954. The pair divorced in 1977. Cooper is survived by three children, all actors: Corbin, Collin and Caren.
On March 21st The Kick it Spot host Teangelo had a candid interview with Jeanne Cooper, to discuss her recent book release “Not Young; Still Restless.” Listen to what may very well be Cooper’s last interview.
The Kick it Spot: Jeanne Cooper of “Young and the Restless”
For 40 years she has played the fabulously, wealthy Katherine Chancellor on the Emmy Award winning daytime soap opera “The Young and the Restless”. Cooper will be discussing her memoir, sharing intimate details about the show and her personal life.