A Tribute to the Fabulous Katherine Chancellor -Jeanne Cooper


Today the daytime world mourns a true lady and a legend.  Yesterday Jeanne Cooper died at the age of 84. As a former CBS daytime fan, I remember watching Y and R and laughing at her fights with Jill.  I also had a special fondness for Katherine since she was the first person to help Nicky win Victor over.  Fighting her illness for a while, she finally succumbed.

Jeanne was born in 1928 and had appeared in many now classic television series like “Bonanza”, “Hawaii Five O” and “Gunsmoke.”  Her most known guest role was when she appeared on “LA Law” playing the mother of her son’s character,  Gladys Becker.  Jeanne was very proud of her son Corbin and her other children Caren and Collin.  Cooper was nominated for many awards and won an Emmy for her  portrayal of the soap matriarch. She also was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. She was forever immortalized into the Hollywood landscape when she was given a star on the Walk of Fame in 1993.   Cooper was a  ground breaker by allowing her own face lift to be televised on “The Young and the Restless.”  when her character had surgery. She was well beloved by the daytime community and her personal friends were cast mates Jess Walton, Doug Davidson , and Michael Damian.  In an era where the daytime drama is practically a thing of the past, it was refreshing to have someone of her caliber still on television in the role of the grande dame.  She will indeed be missed.

3555558_640px With her gorgeous dark hair, Jeanne was indeed a beauty. Reading her filmography was like going on a journey through the golden age of television.  She was a fixture on dramas in the fifties, sixties, and early seventies.

jeannecooper_jesswalton_finalscenes_595x350 But the role that Jeanne will forever be known for is Katherine “Kay” Chancellor on one of the last surviving soaps, “The Young and the Restless.”  Here she is in her last scene with longtime co star and nemesis , Jill Foster Abbott (Jess Walton)

cooper_1Here she is with her longtime friend and Y and R heroine Nicky Reed Newman (Melody Thomas Scott)

2009 AFTRA Media And Entertainment Excellence Awards - ArrivalsHere she poses proudly with her children. Collin , Caren, and Corbin.  Corbin is the most known since he was the infamous Arnie Becker on the eighties classic, “LA Law.”  Jeanne had a recurring role as Becker’s mother.

130508155813-jeanne-cooper-horizontal-gallery Here she is  in 2008 when she received an Emmy.  Jeanne had been nominated for her role many times.  She will indeed be missed.  Our condolences to the Bernsen family and the cast and crew of Y and R.

young-restless Jeanne Cooper 1928- 2013



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Melanie Christy is am actress/singer who came to Chicago to pursue her dreams of acting. Coming from a small town in Ohio she has been enjoying the things that city life has to offer like great cuisine from all parts of the globe, parties with great people including celebrities, gorgeous fashions and of course fun! Follow her, read her blog and learn about all the amazing adventures you can be a part of throughout Chicagoland! Jennifer Hedrick is the photographer and techie for our blogs. She was born and raised here in Chicago. Her love of photography started when she was a child. She has photographed many celebs, events, fashion shows and more. She also considers herself a bit of a foodie and loves food porn. Her other loves include her nieces and nephews, animals and the shows Castle, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
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