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.
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.
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)
Here 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.