Jeanne Cooper who played the role of Katherine Chancellor on the popular soap opera “The Young & The Restless” for close to 40 years has passed away. She was 84.
She reportedly died this morning in her sleep. Her son, actor Corbin Bernsen confirmed it on Facebook. Bernsen had tweeted on April 12th that his mother was facing an “uphill battle” with an undisclosed illness.
Cooper holds the title of being the longest tenured cast member on the daytime soap after joining the serial six months after its debut in March 1973. Her role on the show earned her 11 Daytime Emmy nominations and one win for best actress in a drama series in 2008.
She was born in the California town of Taft in 1928 and began her professional career in the 1953 film, “The Redhead from Wyoming” which starred Maureen O’Hara. She had roles in the 1968 “The Boston Strangler” with Tony Curtis and 1967 “Tony Rome” with Frank Sinatra. She also had a career in TV with shows including, “The Adventures of Kit Carson” in 1953, “The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse” in 1954 and “Bracken’s World” in 1969-70.