Home Uncategorized Jeanne Cooper Remembered In a Special Episode of “Young and the Restless”

Uncharacteristically elegant for CBS Daytime: the network saluted the late Jeanne Cooper today with a whole hour devoted to the actress, the star of “The Young and the Restless” for 40 years. She died three weeks ago (May 8) at age 84 after a brief illness. The hour long special shows clips of her from the show and photos from her movie career that preceded joining the fledgling soap in 1973, six months after it first aired. All the show’s main actors are included, and some that have left for other programs. Also included are Cooper’s three adult children including actor son Corbin Bernsen. Most moving are the tributes at the beginning and end from actress Jess Walton, who played Cooper’s foil for three decades. Jeanne Cooper had quite a run, really extraordinary. Even as soaps are struggling to stay on the air– especially at CBS where they cancelled two in the last three years–this was an elegant pause in the ratings war. Now all the great older actors from soaps are gone, and the shows are overpopulated by young people — many of whom cannot act even the slightest bit. It was nice to year the younger folks on “Y&R” reminisce about Cooper’s mentoring.

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  1. I have watched the show for almost the entire 40 yrs…What a beautiful tribute, am afraid, the show will not be the same…This hour long had me in tears, She had everyone in a spell, even her TV viewers…I even felt the loss, and never met her…that is truly amazing..God keep her in his care…

  2. I watched the tribute today and it was awesome!! I wish it could have been longer than just an hour. I laughed and I cried, a lot. I just lost my mom on April 28th, she was 82, and when I found out Jeanne had died soon after it hit home hard. I have always thought of Jeanne as my tv mom, and the thought of her being gone is going to be very hard on millions! She was such an amazing actress, so much fun over so many wonderful years! I hope that her and my mother are up there side by side having a good old time! Thank you so very much for the amazing tribute you guys put together, wish I could of recorded it somehow. Thank you, thank you. She’ll never be forgotten.

  3. you will be missed by everyone who saw the show. I have watched the show for about 35 years. My mother got me interested in the show,we used to watch it together.U are up with the angels now and probably having a good time with all the other people. GOD BLESS U JEANNIE!!!!!!!!

  4. I am a fan of the young and the restless i have been watching for as long as i can remember even when they have parental gaudian until i become old enough to watch and i love jeanne cooper well know as misses C. my condolsence go out the family an may her body rest in peace.

  5. She was truly a wonderful actress, serious, funny and most of all, REAL. All of the phases throughout Mrs. Chancellor’s life were made as progressive as someone elses real life. That is also a big thanks to the writers (the Bells). She will be sorely missed.

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