Jeanne Cooper

  • Born: October 25, 1928
  • Died: May 8, 2013
  • Location: Los Angeles, California

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In this June 27, 2010 file photo, actress Jeanne Cooper arrives at the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Las Vegas. CBS says soap opera star Jeanne Cooper has died. She was 84. Cooper played grande dame Katherine Chancellor on CBS' "The Young and the Restless" for nearly four decades.

'Young and Restless' star dies at 84

LYNN ELBER, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jeanne Cooper, the enduring soap opera star who played grande dame Katherine Chancellor for nearly four decades on "The Young and the Restless," has died. She was 84.

Cooper died Wednesday morning in her sleep, her son the actor Corbin Bernsen wrote on Facebook. The family confirmed the death to CBS, according to a network spokeswoman.

Bernsen tweeted April 12 that his mother faced an "uphill battle" for an undisclosed illness. In subsequent days he wrote of her gradual improvement and said that she'd been taken off breathing equipment.

In a Facebook posting April 17, Bernsen said his mother cursed several times, "showing me that she's becoming her old self, not thrilled about the situation, and ready to get out of the hospital and shake up the world."

On Wednesday he wrote that she remained a fighter until the end: "She has been a blaze her entire life, that beacon, that boxer I spoke of earlier. She went the full twelve rounds and by unanimous decision... won!"

Cooper joined the daytime serial six months after its March 1973 debut, staking claim to the title of longest-tenured cast member. The role earned her 11 Daytime Emmy nominations and a trophy for best actress in a drama series in 2008.

"God knows it's claimed a big part of my life," she told The Associated Press in March as CBS' "Young and the Restless" celebrated its milestone 40th anniversary.

As the years passed, Cooper brushed aside thoughts of saying goodbye to the show and its fictional Wisconsin town of Genoa City.

"What would I do? I'm no good at crocheting. My fingers would bleed," she told the AP last September, with her 84th birthday approaching the next month.

Cooper, born in the California town of Taft in 1928, attended the College of the Pacific and performed in local theater productions before her professional career began with the 1953 film "The Redhead from Wyoming" starring Maureen O'Hara. Other film credits include 1968's "The Boston Strangler" with Tony Curtis and 1967's "Tony Rome" with Frank Sinatra.

She had a parallel career in TV, with shows including "The Adventures of Kit Carson" in 1953 and "The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse" in 1954 and "Bracken's World" in 1969-70.

In a recurring role on "L.A. Law," she played the mother to Bersen's character, Arnie, and received a 1987 Emmy nomination for best guest actress in a drama. Bernsen later joined his mother on her series, making several appearances as a priest, Father Todd.

But it was her role on "The Young and the Restless" that made her a TV star intimately familiar to viewers.

In 1984, Coooper's real-life facelift was televised on the show as her character underwent the surgery at the same time, and had no regrets about it.

"It opened up reconstructive surgery for so many people, youngsters getting things done," she said. "To this day, people will come up to me and say, 'Thank you so much for doing that. My mom or I had something done, and not just cosmetic surgery.' That was an incredible experience in my life."

"The Young and the Restless" has topped the daytime serial ratings for more than 24 years, in part because of the continuity provided by Cooper and its other long-time stars including Eric Braeden. It held its ground as the genre diminished in popularity and the majority of soaps vanished.

Cooper's 30-year marriage to Harry Bernsen ended in divorce. The couple have three children, Corbin, Caren and Collin, and eight grandchildren.


Condolence & Memory Journal

My Sister Victoria Had Written This Poem For Such A Time As This:
May Gods Blessing Be Upon Each And Everyone Of Family And Friends

When I Go Away
When I go away; Will you remember me,
The one who brought forth many wonderful colors of life?
There within you: the question lies unanswered: to open a book of life.
To span the possibilities, of finding.
I'm not really away; but live within the walls of your mind,
which has many rooms to stay.
I will be there to give you smiles and joy of memories I left you.
Of Good Thoughts.
I will never go away
~ As Long As You Remember ~
Victoria Ann Witt. copyright@1986

Posted by Elizabeth Hoffman - Akron, OH - Family And FRiend   November 29, 2013

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"Mrs. Catherine Chancellor", a bold name for a bold exquisite lady, WOW! It's unbelievable to know that you have left not only a great impression but an empty place in our hearts. I have loved you for many years, at times stopped my daily activities, or recorded the series of Y&R so I would not miss one riveting episode. You have touched so many for many endearing years, there were times I had to remind myself it was just a soap opera. You, gracious lady made the stage come to life in such a way every fan knew trials and tribulations were conquerable. You could light up any room and for that I will light a candle for you now. To your family, my prayer is that you all seek comfort in the Lord to heal your hearts and fill those empty places. See has left a legacy of memories to last us all a life time. Thank you all for the sacrifices of sharing your mother with so many. She will never be forgotten.

Posted by Sylvia Daniels - Clinton, MD - Fan   September 04, 2013

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"Jeanne Cooper, you were an iconic jewel with such grace and style that set the stage like no other. Your bold presence will forever be missed. I've laughed and cried with you through the years along with many of my family members. You were in my home every day for over 50 years, that alone made you a member of my family. You will truly be missed by so many who dearly loved you. You were more than a T.V. character who came in our home at noon each day. Your memory will linger in our hearts forever, and you will be missed, but not forgotten. Thank you for many wonderful years of your talent. To your family, thank you all for sharing your mother with so many, our hearts ache for your loss of such a wonderful irreplaceable loving lady.

Posted by Mary Rich - Weems, VA - Fan   September 04, 2013

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Jeanne Cooper you were a fine lady who speaks her mind. and a good actress who will be truly miss . my heart goes out to your family and your friends who were on the young and the restless. rest in peace.

Posted by Kathryn Oevering - Wabasha, MN - friend   August 29, 2013

watched you you y&r and the soap just isn
t the same without you!you are really missed by me & my sisters as well
Debbie sons terre haute,in aug 27 2013

Posted by debbie sons - terre haute, IN - tv fan   August 27, 2013

you were a fine lady and you will be truly missed and love. love Kathy oevering one of your fan.

Posted by kathy oevering - wabasha, MN - fan   August 22, 2013

I have enjoyed watching Y&R since I was 16 years old, 34 years ago with "Mrs. Chancellor" leading the way. Thank you so much for being a part of my life teaching me how to be bold and fiesty yet humble and classy all rolled up into one. I will miss you. I loved you Jeanne but God loved you more. May you rest in eternal peace until we meet again......

Posted by Nina McGee - Phoenix, AZ - Fan   June 13, 2013

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Loved you for so many years. Gone, but, never forgotten. Praying for God to give your family and friends the strength to get through your becoming an angel of God. Lvu

Posted by Nita Roberts..NC - Ellenboro, NC   June 11, 2013

Thank you for letting me grow up watching your mother. At 41, she has been part of my life for many years. The world lost an incredible lady! May God bless you all!

Posted by Laura Morrison - Dyersburg, TN - Fan   June 08, 2013

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It was an honor watching "Mrs. Chancellor" for so many years. God bless Jeanne Cooper and the family that she has left behind. Give them the peace that only you can give them, during their time of mourning and bereavement. She is truly missed by so many. -Pastor Kenya-Robinson Portland, Oregon

Posted by Kenya Robinson - Portland, OR - Fan   June 07, 2013

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Posted by Poncella sledge - Bham, AL - Y&R fan    June 07, 2013

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R.I.P. Mrs. Chancellor, you will be missed

Posted by GW Harrington - Houston, TX - Admirer   June 07, 2013

I have watched The Young and the Restless since it started in March 1973. Mrs. C. was one of my favorites and I will truly miss her.

Posted by Deborah Hubbard - Martinsville, IN - fan   June 07, 2013

I am thrilled that I watched you from the start of Y&R and saddened that you ar no longer with us except in our memories. You definitely earned the reputation as Grand Dame of Y & R. I had idea of your film credits. I will now search for your films to view for myself. My heartfelt condolences go out to your entire family and all of your friends. You will surely be missed and remembered. Heaven just gained a wonderful lady. Rest in Peace, beautiful lady.

Posted by Diana Reynolds - Maalaea, HI - Viewer   June 07, 2013

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I started watching the Young & Restless with my Grandmother over 30 years ago, and I loved Ms. "C" and I continue to watch it today. Mrs. "C" WAS THE HEART AND SOUL OF R & Y. Her presence will solely be missed may she rest in peace, and may God continue to watch over her family, Heaven truly has an "Angel"...

Posted by Patricia Jones - Knoxville , TN - fan   June 07, 2013

Mrs C. will be missed greatly.She was the candle in the wind who kept everything together on the show.Love her and miss her.

Posted by patty rayborn - albany, LA - a fan   June 06, 2013

You were truely the star of the Young & Restless. You will be greatly be missed.

Posted by Barb Walsh - Painesville , OH   June 06, 2013

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MRS C, YOU WAS TRUELY A ROSE, SO BEAUTIFUL I LOVED YOU ON YOUNG & RESTLESS, THE SOAP WANT BE THE SAME, EVEN THOUGH I HAVE OTHER FAVORITES ON THE SOAP, I WAS INJURED AT A YOUNG AGE & STARTED WATCHING SOAPS FOR PASTTIME, I FOLLOWED Y&R FOR YEARS--YOU'LL BE GREATLY MISSED, HAZEL --BRUNSWICK, OHIO--JUNE 6th: 2013

Posted by HAZEL CRAFT - BRUNSWICK, OH - NO RELATION   June 06, 2013

My heart and prayers go out to this special lady with shinning star , she also the stunning actress with ultimate smile incredible talent of all times! ;-)

Posted by Jeannette Clarke player - shreveport, LA - a fan   June 06, 2013

You're been the only reason I watched Young & Restless. Don't know what I'll watch now.
God Bless.
Judy Via

Posted by Judy Via - Spartanburg, SC - 40 years worth   June 06, 2013

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Awe, Mrs. C, you will truly be missed. Loved your class, style, humor, generosity, and mostly how you portrayed a brilliant powerful woman! Watching Y &R will not be the same. My mother got me hooked in my teens and so I know she will enjoy sharing stories with you in heaven. Prayers and blessings to your family and thanks for sharing your mother with me after mine was gone.

Posted by Stephanie - Jacksonville, FL   June 06, 2013

Candle

She will be greatly missed. I enjoyed watching her on young and the restless from an early age

Posted by Sandy - Fort Wayne, IN - Fan   June 06, 2013

Candle

As we have enjoyed you so much over the years, my wife and I have been a fan for years, a long with
our dearest friends and family. We adore you and respect your families privacy in the celebration of your life.
Prayers, Love and kind thoughts forever in our hearts for you dear lady.
Rodger and Jan Fosbinder

Posted by Rodger Fosbinder - San Marcos, CA - Friend   June 06, 2013

(John 11:35) Jesus gave way to tears.

Posted by McGrew - University Park, Illinois   May 27, 2013

The last month or so I had been thinking about Mrs C a lot. How much I would miss her when she decided to leave the show, so she could enjoy other things. She was my favorite character on Y&R. She was so amazingly classey, elegant, refined, amazing sense of humor, and love of life. A great sense of humor as well. These things came natural for her. No one in daytime TV was anything like her. She was an amazing actress who made every one who watched feel like they were her friend. This woman will leave a big whole in Y&R because we loved her. I can't think of one other actress who could make you feel like you were part of her family. My condolences to her family. God Bless you Jeannie, you leave a big hole in our hearts! Donna Van Avery , Renton, Wa. 5/20/13

Posted by Donna Van Avery - Renton, WA - Fan   May 20, 2013

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I remember when The Young and the Restless first started in March of 1973 I was living in San Diego and pregnant with my daughter. I couldn't wait for this soap to come on. It became part of my family and watch it everyday from day one. When Mrs. C. came on I knew that the soap was just going to ge better. I have watch this show since the begining and will miss Jeanne Cooper as Mrs. C., it just won't be the same without her..Rest in Peace Mrs. C. Heaven just got better...I will love you forever! Rosemarie

Posted by Rosemarie - La Verne, CA - a fan forever   May 17, 2013

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I've watched Jeanne on the Y&R from the first episode in 1973 - she has become part of my every day "family". My heart skipped a beat when I saw that she had passed. Sincere condolences to Caren, Collin and Corbin. Your mother was so amazing in so many ways. So many will miss her, as you will. Stay strong. She will always be with you. Rest In Peace Jeanne ... you are an Icon

Posted by Catherine Webb - Surrey - Fan   May 14, 2013

Candle

Such a grand lady. She will be missed on Y& R. May God continue to keep the family strong.
Heaven gained a Jewel.

Posted by Claudine S. - Memphis, TN - Fan   May 14, 2013

R.I.P. I will really miss seeing you on the show. I know it want be the same. May the Lord Jesus Christ continue to bless and keep this family.

Posted by Sonja Perry - Birmingham, AL - Television Friend   May 13, 2013

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I have been watching Jeanne Cooper since I was eight on the Y&R. Today is a sad day for her fans. Rest in Peace Jeanne you will be truly missed.

Posted by Angie H. - MN - Fan   May 13, 2013

Genoa City has lost the best! Heaven has gained a great citizen! Love and Prayers to your family Jeanne,I
know you do not need prayers, your life has just begun! Lenna Schack
Kirkwood, Pa.

Posted by Lenna Schack - Kirkwood, PA - Fan   May 12, 2013

RIP Ms.C gone but definitly will never be forgotten. Will miss seening you on Y&R. GOD Bless you and your family.

Posted by Annette - NC   May 12, 2013

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Jeanne, God has surly gained another beautiful angel when he called you home. You will be greatly missed Mrs. "C" on the Young and the Restless. My prayers go out to your family in this time of reflection and sorrow. Robbie Fischer, Fan, Ottawa, KS

Posted by Robbie Fischer - Ottawa, KS - Fan   May 11, 2013

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Jeanne, thanks for your golden memories to the part of the soap opera history! Rest peacefully! Love, Shawn!

Posted by Shawn Williams - Fairburn, GA - Fan   May 10, 2013

Ms. Cooper was an amazing actress. She made the Y & R show seem so real. I've watched the show since I was a young girl. She will be greatly missed.

Posted by B. H. Gambrel - Ashland City, TN - Fan   May 10, 2013

I started watching Y&R in 1973 at age 11. I liked Ms. Chancellor when nobody else did. All the great storylines she had through the years were great, She was an outstanding actor. Her best work on Y&R without a question was with Brenda Dickson. The two of them had a chemistry that most actors never have. Goodbye Jeanne-you will be missed dearly!

Posted by William Adcox - Dallas, TX - fan   May 10, 2013

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Ms. Cooper was an amazing actress. I truly enjoyed watching her portray Katherine Chancellor on Y&R. Things will never be the same without her. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Courtney Warman - IL - Fan   May 10, 2013

I will miss miss C Y&R Will not be the some but I will keep watching God Bless the Family . Love Rhonda Monnig rhondamonnig@yahoo.com. from Pleasant Valley Mo.

Posted by Rhonda Monnig - Pleasant Valley, MO - Watched Y&R   May 10, 2013

The Young and the Restless will never be the same without Mrs. C. She will surely be missed. Condolances to her family, friends and castmates.

Posted by Terry Carroll - Swansboro, NC - Fan   May 10, 2013

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We have lost a classy lady and a wonderful actress. I have been watching Y and R since day one and the loss of their matriarch will be greatly felt. Rest in peace Jeanne (Mrs. Chancellor). We love you. GOD'S love to your family.

Posted by mary martin - indianapolis, IN - 40 year fan   May 10, 2013

MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY! MRS.C~ JEANNE COOPER WILL GREATLY BE MISSED!YOU ALL ARE SO BLESSED TO HAVE HAD SUCH A WONDERFULLY WOMEN IN YOUR LIFES! GOD BLESS YOU ALL ,& MY DEEPEST THOUGHTS & PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL THROUH YOUR LOSS!

Posted by RAYDENE CECILIA TREJO - Tucson, AZ - life time fan!   May 10, 2013

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Blessings to your family...what a wonderful talented woman. I have watched you as Katherine since day one. No one will ever replace you.....you are an Angel in Heaven now. I am surely going to miss you.

Posted by Kay Todd - Silver Springs, NY   May 09, 2013

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Rest in Power screen Legend and The Young and the Restless Icon...

Posted by Katrina Brown - Atlanta, GA - Fan   May 09, 2013

Candle

rest in peace sweet angel you will be missed. Young and the restless won't be the same without you. prayers to the family and friends.

Posted by cindi - clovis, CA - fan   May 09, 2013

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Rest in Peace You beautiful woman, such a great actress. May God Bless your family. You will be missed! Jeanne Cooper you are truly "Gone but not Forgotten".

Posted by Cyndi Stallworth - TX - FAN - Aspiring Actress   May 09, 2013

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God's Love and Peace be with you and your family, enjoyed your many roles and watching you on Y&R.... We shared the same Birth Month and day !!! RIP my friend !!!

Posted by Delmer Cox - Lexington, KY - Fan   May 09, 2013

I will miss you. I watched you for the full 40 years and it will not be the same without you. Thank you for being part of my life. Sandy in OH

Posted by Sandy Holman - Defiance, OH - tv soap for 40 years   May 09, 2013

you will be missed so much...I grew up with you and never missed daily....God bless you

Posted by Nadine Smith - San Jose, CA - Friend   May 09, 2013

she was a great actress who will be missed by all who loved her.

Posted by bonnie lynch - west carrollton, OH - fan   May 09, 2013

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You will be missed Mrs.Chancellor. I loved watching you on The Young & the Restless it will not be the same without you. You kept everyone straight on the show. My prayers go out to her family and friends. God Bless you all I know you are in a much happier place with the good lord. I know you will be one of the most prettiest lovely angels in heaven.

Posted by Britney Lamb - Petal, MS - Not related   May 09, 2013

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Jeanne was an icon. I watched her from the beginning of Y&R with my Gram. RIP "Mrs. Chancellor"

Posted by Denise Buchwald - OR - Fan   May 09, 2013

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Jeanne Cooper will be greatly missed.

Posted by Penny Mundell - Ware, MA - a Fan of Jeanne   May 09, 2013

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Jeanne Cooper was one of the classiest ladies ever on screen. She was a great mother, grandmother, & friend to her cast mates. She gave her all in every performance we watched.
I'm going to miss our "Duchess Katherine Chancellor". RIP Jeanne

Posted by Liliana Radwanski - Belleville, NJ - Devoted Fan of Y & R   May 09, 2013

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this woman was amazing. she loved her 3 children, their families and life. she was strong. she was also compassionate and cared about many things. i remember her 48 years ago. to me, she was larger than life ... as i grew up i saw the special person underneath the outside persona. she was pure class. she is now flying with the angels and i hope my mama and her find each other ... just for a thank you and a kiss ... what i'd love jeanne to have for being there when i needed help and that's something i will always have in my heart, her love. xoxox hope frischman nielsen

Posted by Hope Frischman Nielsen - Los Angeles, CA - friend of family   May 09, 2013

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Jeanne Cooper was 'The Queen of Daytime." She was an outstanding actress who will be greatly missed by all.I can't imagine Young and The Restless without her! My sympathy to her loving family and her TV family. Cin Bennett Upstate NY

Posted by Cin Bennett - Ilion, NY - loyal fan   May 09, 2013

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I'm so sorry to see the passing of Jeanne Cooper. I liked watching you all these years on Young and Restless. You were such a great actress. You had such class.
My Deepest Sympathy to you and your family.
I will truly miss you.
Judi Ninetto

Posted by Judi Ninetto - Birdsboro, PA - A devotedvfan   May 08, 2013

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Jeanne Cooper You Will Be So Miss .

Posted by Elsa Cerrucio - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - A Long Time Viewer Of Y&R   May 08, 2013


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Jeanne Cooper, nominated for outstanding lead actress in a drama series, for her work on "The Young & The Restless," arrives at the 34th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, on Friday, June 15, 2007. Cooper is the mother of actor Corbin Bernsen.
In this June 27, 2010 file photo, actress Jeanne Cooper arrives at the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Las Vegas. CBS says soap opera star Jeanne Cooper has died. She was 84. Cooper played grande dame Katherine Chancellor on CBS' "The Young and the Restless" for nearly four decades.
In this June 20, 2008 file photo, actress Jeanne Cooper accepts the award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for her work on "The Young and the Restless" at the 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. CBS says soap opera star Cooper has died. She was 84. Cooper played grande dame Katherine Chancellor on CBS' "The Young and the Restless" for nearly four decades.
In this June 20, 2008 file photo, actress Jeanne Cooper, center, gets a kiss from Corbin Bernsen, left, and Collin Bernsen in the press room at the Daytime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. CBS says soap opera star Jeanne Cooper has died. She was 84. Cooper played grande dame Katherine Chancellor on CBS' "The Young and the Restless" for nearly four decades.
In this June 27, 2010 file photo, Jeanne Cooper arrives at the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas, Nevada. CBS says the soap opera star has died. She was 84. Cooper played grande dame Katherine Chancellor on CBS' "The Young and the Restless" for nearly four decades.
In this June 8, 2008 file photo, Jeanne Cooper poses with her award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for her work on “The Young and the Restless" at the 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. CBS says soap opera star Cooper has died. She was 84. Cooper played grande dame Katherine Chancellor on CBS' "The Young and the Restless" for nearly four decades.

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Actress Jeanne Cooper reacts before accepting the award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for her work on “The Young and the Restless" at the 35th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Friday, June 20, 2008.
Jeanne Cooper arrives at the Daytime Emmy Awards on Sunday Aug. 30, 2009, in Los Angeles. CBS says soap opera star Cooper has died. She was 84. Cooper played grande dame Katherine Chancellor on CBS' "The Young and the Restless" for nearly four decades.