Jeanne Cooper, ‘Young and the Restless’ Star, Dies at 84

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Emmy-winning soap star also appeared on 'Perry Mason'

Jeanne Cooper, the soap opera star best known for her role on “The Young and the Restless,” died Wednesday morning in Los Angeles from an undisclosed illness.  She was 84.

Cooper’s son, actor Corbin Bernsen, confirmed the actress’ death on Twitter.

Cooper portrayed Katherine Chancellor on “The Young and the Restless” for more than four decades. She also appeared on appeared on such programs as “Perry Mason,” “Cheyenne” and “The Adventures of Kit Carlson.”

The veteran soap star received 10 Daytime Emmy nominations over her career, winning once in 2008 after receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. She was also nominated for two Primetime Emmys.

Cooper is survived by her three children, Corbin, Colin and Caren.

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  1. jack langhals says:

    Aged with her for 35 years.She aged better than me.What a great lady !

  2. lynda says:

    you will be missed!!!!

  3. Karene Mcpherson says:

    I’m a fan of young and restless… And I sure adore Katherine, she is one sweet woman… May the love of God be with her and her family… And may God grant the family strength to cope with the passing of there love one….. God blessed you all… R. I. P. Katherine.. We all missed you on Y&R. Love.

  4. I am so sorry for your loss.I am one of her biggest fans, i have been watching the show for
    many years. My thoughts and prayers go out to her and all of her family.

  5. Fiona says:

    I have watched Y & R as a young teenager….I still hurry home to see Y & R after work. I will surely miss not being able to see her…..I already feel like a part of me is missing…since grew up watching this show.

  6. Cheryl Lambiase says:

    So sad to hear about the death of Jeanne ( Katherine) . I’ve been watching the Young and Restless since I was about 10 years old. Now at the age of 43 and still watching it daily, the show won’t be the same without her. What a beautiful lady she was with such spunk and charisma. She will be deeply missed. Rest in peace Mrs. K

  7. Georgia says:

    Miss Cooper will be missed terribly, she has been on that show forever, this was the first soap that I watched and I think she will be terribly missed, we have lost a great actor. I send her children my heart felt sympathy, they will never know a more severe pain as the loss of their mother. I lost mine a couple of years ago and I still miss her terribly. I send all of you my love, she was a great women. The Young and Restless will not be the same.

  8. MJ says:

    Wow! was shocked to learn of Mrs. C passing watched the show while I was pregnant with my son and he is now 40. Rest In Peace Mrs. C My prayers are with the Y&R family as well as Mrs. C’s.

  9. Vaniter Craft says:

    Our prayers are with your family . You will be missed dearly. We love you

  10. Carolyn says:

    Carolyn says

    May 13

    I’ve watched the Y & R since 1975. To her family off screen and on, have my deepest sympathy. Their will be no one like her again. She will be greatly missed.

  11. Jill says:

    I just cannot imagine Y and R without Jeanne. This is going to be hard to accept, as I too have been watching since the very beginning. This must be very difficult, not only for her family and friends, but for the rest of the cast, especially the ones who have been there with her from the start. She was a class act. Will miss her deeply.

  12. Jackie Merriweather says:

    I been a loyal fan of Ms. Chancellor for years young and the restless want be the same. R.I.P Ms. Cooper you will be miss.

  13. Butch says:

    What a wounderful woman and acterss. She will always be loved. I have watched her for about 40 years or more. R.I.P. Jean Cooper. aka… Catherin Chancelor… LUV YA BUTCH

  14. Felicia says:

    My deepest sympathy goes out to miss. Cooper family, friends,and staff she was a great actor on young and restless watch show 35 years !

  15. Sylvia Lowe says:

    My deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Jeanne Cooper,the staff,actors of,”Young and Restless”,who worked ever so close to Jeanne. I know this is a great loss to each of you. To the fans, we became family.We looked thru the window panes and watched the lives of each character unfold. Katherine was the “Wisdom” character. Who will keep Victor in check now. Or who will comfort the next ailing soul. As a fan, Iwill miss Katherine Chancelor/Jeanne Cooper.

  16. Bonnie says:

    Young and Restless is having a special tribute for Jeanne Cooper on Tuesday May 28. Don’t know why so far away but glad to hear they’re doing something for her.

  17. I love you Catherine!!! You will always be Miss Chancellor to me! you were the main reason I have been watching for soooo many years!!!! You and Victor Newman are the real icons , Hero’s, and true genuises of your craft!!!!!Rest in peace! See you another time…..

  18. SS Barnhart says:

    It will never be the same without Catherine Chancellor. The last episode I saw was her recovering from surgery – brain tumor……………and everyone – saying we love you …when she came home from surgery. Was that intended or was it by chance? Forty years – wow – of Young and Restless………She will be remembered as a grand dame as an actress on TV and I am sure a grand mom and friend off TV. I see her leading those in heaven. God bless.

  19. K.T.THOMAS says:

    O GOD she was so beautiful and i just loved watching her.She will be MISSED and i just can’T believe that she is gone.She will for ever live in my heart until I lieve this earth.GOD bless her family in real life and the family of the Y&R .THEY loved her ,if love could of saved her she would still be with us.But GOD wanted home to rest.He has given her 84 wonderful years.R.I.P. MRS.C I LOVE YOU SO MUCH. LOVE K.T. from ,COOPER,TX

    SOMEBODY PLEASE CALL ME 903 395 0328 I AM HHURTTING !!

  20. K.T.THOMAS says:

    i live in cooper tx and my name is k t and i am so sadden by the news of her death i will seeing her i loved her so much and my prayers are wit her family.R.I.P. MRS.C i will always love you,K.T.THOMAS

  21. Andrea Petko says:

    I’m sad by the passing of one of the great actresses of the times. I hope she did not suffer and I thank her for the many years of great entertainment.

  22. Patty Schroeder says:

    I was shocked when I heard of Jeanne’s death. I feel like she was a true friend of mine and have watched Y&R since the day it started. Please accept my most sincere condolences… Patty Schroeder – Spring Hill, TN

  23. gracie says:

    I have been watching The Young and Restless since the early 80’s my Mom got me into them and we have always adored Mrs.Chancellor. She will be truly missed May you rest in peace.

  24. Beth Kotchkowski says:

    I am 63 years old and having been watching the Young and Restless for many years. Jean “The Duchess” was my favorite actress. She was very wise in this Soap, as I’m sure she was in her own life. Learned a lot from her. I wish her peace in her no home. My sympathy to her family. She will be missed, but will live on in our memories. Rest in Peace, Jean.

  25. Debbie Stoepfel says:

    Breaks my heart to hear of her passing .I was so upset with Y&R today for not saying something after the show I read CBS posting .No write up in the local paper I felt she should have been on front page the women didn’t know me but I loved her as if she was a family member .My deepest sympathy to her family and friends she will be sadly missed by many God Bless all who loved Jean Cooper may she rest in piece

  26. Nancy Grabowski says:

    Wow, this has hit me so emotionally, I have literally been in bed and sad since I learned of her passing. I started watching Y & R over 20+ yrs. I thought she was beautiful and for some strange reason I felt a kindred spirit with her. I loved her and the show won’t be the same w/o her!

  27. I will miss Jeanne Cooper in the young and the restless.The show family and friends have my deepest sympathy and prayers at this most difficult time.

  28. EVELYN FLATT says:

    she was one of my favorites the show will not be the same without her.my sympathy goes out to the family.

  29. She was one of my favorite will miss her from the show. And I send my deepest sympathy to her family.

  30. eve says:

    did anyone see any tribute or mention from y and r yet or did i miss it

  31. Patricia Higgins says:

    I just loved Jean. I started watching her on Young & The Restless; from the beginning & my daughter started watching when she was old enough to enjoy. As an adult; I have also seen her on “Gun Smoke” & other westerns; when she was young. It just won’t be the same. Rest in Peace; Jean.
    She was truly the Queen of the show. My condolences to the family.

  32. Fay Denny says:

    I am 47 and have grew up watching The Young And Restless i enjoyed Jean Cooper I though and still do think she is amazing and will miss her greatly. I send my deepest sympothy to your family and Y&R

  33. I watched “The Young n Restless” since I was 12 n I’m 52 years old n I loved it ! Jeanne would b so missed so bad,we all loved her ! And Corbin I love watching u act also! I thought u were excellent being on My other soaps !

  34. I have been a fan of JEANNE coopers since I was in high School in the 70’s…May you rest in Peace. God Bless to your Family!

  35. Debbie DePoule says:

    I’ll miss seeing her on the Y&R…May she rest in peace now.

  36. Ann says:

    I have been a long time fan of Y & R. It is a sad day. The Duchess went to heaven. RIP

  37. Bonnie says:

    Sure hope Y&R has some kind of a tribute show for her. I’ve watched her since the very beginning. Don’t know how the show will be without the “queen”.

  38. Linda Wood says:

    My husband took me to see Jean (aka Katherine) several years ago when she was in the St. Louis area. She asked the audience if we watch the show (Y&R), and my husband raised his hand slightly, kind of embarrassed to admit it since he is a man. Katherine was very sharp and funny, though, and proceeded to call him out on it. She called him “you bearded wonder.” (my husband has a beard. Getting to see her, meet her & get her autograph, made it a fantastic birthday. We have been watching Y&R for 40 years! I will really miss seeing her on the show, and my thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends, and co-workers (her Y&R family). Linda (St. Peters/St. Louis, MO)

  39. Rebecca Nostrant says:

    RIP my dear Lady.

  40. Gretona says:

    Gretona, GA
    I watched from day one with my mom. The soap family became our family. Jeanne was an amazing actress and what a diva!! Jeanne was perfect to play the role of lady Chancellor with her grace and charm. To the loving family of Jeanne and all her co-workers, my heart and prayers go out to you all. I will miss her smiles ,laughter and also her arguments with Jill. God bless the family! I will miss her dearly. Jeanne had a good long life and I am sorry for her son who was suppose to have a Mother’s Day Tribute with her in the soap magazine. I was so looking forward to reading that! To the son, that was a beautiful picture of the both of you in last soap’s magazine. Kay will be missed by many.

  41. joyce patton says:

    Wow, she will be missed. I have been watching from the beginning when her and Jell were friends because she didn’t know that Jell was going with her husband. I know I will miss her and I know the public will to.

  42. Lois thomas says:

    to the bereveed I want to express my deepest sympathy to your family, I was sadden to here of mrs. c as I knew her omg I loved that woman, she was awesome, such style an grace she will b truly missed
    May God b with you all all our strength comes from him. b blessed

  43. Barry Robinson says:

    To the family of Jean Cooper, let me first extend my deepest heart felt sympathy in the passing of love one. Catherine Chancellor as I knew her TV character was a woman of Sophistication and Radiant Grace. She truly represented fashion and social Grace. No one could show case the many Diamonds, Pendants and Furs like Catherine Chancellor. A Diva she was, a Lady of Grace and social class she was, a lady of richness and elegant fashion she was. Catherine Chancellor you will always live in the heart of fans of Young and the restless. A chapter completed, a paige well turned, a life well lived and a rest so well and deservingly earned. Sleep on Jean Cooper, take your rest, we all the love you, but the god that we all serve love you the best.

    With deepest sympathy your true # 1 fan
    Barry Staney Robinson

  44. In Memory of
    JEANNE COOPER
    (Katherine Chancellor)
    Precious one rest in peace
    In your brand new world
    There the light always shines
    Such a lovely light
    You were here, now you’re gone
    Oh so far away
    We loved you, always will
    Memories never die
    We’ll be strong, just for you
    Soon there’ll come a day
    When we see that same light,
    We’ll be on our way
    Until then we’ll pray
    Till that precious day
    By : Paulette Pieczko
    Our Sincere Condolences to Family and Friends and Fans…

  45. Abby says:

    Sad news. Alarms didn’t go off in my head despite the recent changes in storyline, but the recent stuff about her being in the hospital made me wonder about her illness. She was a wonderful actress and the bedrock of Y&R. I am going to miss her along with the rest of her fans.

  46. Stephanie says:

    Mrs.Jeanne Cooper was a good actor on Young &Restless.I have look at Y&R every since I was a little girl.And now I’m going on 49 years old and I still was watching Mrs.Chandler she was a incredible actor and amazing person.Didn’t know her in person.But all the years I know her from Y&R it’s just like I knew her in real life.Now she in the gates of Heaven.God said Welcome Home no more pains or broken heart no more tears flowing down.Everyday just like Sunday.May you rest in peace.You never will be forgotten by your family or your fans.

  47. lyn@thehenleys.ca says:

    My Mom and I started watching the Y and the R from day one! Donnely Rhodes – the first Mr. Chancellor was a Canadian actor but didn’t last nearly as long as she did. She was FABULOUS! I wonder how the show will treat her passing, I haven’t watched for a while but as a pillar of Genoa City’s upstanding citizenry, I would think it would be something noteworthy. You will be missed dear, dear lady – thank you for all those years as Katherine.

  48. Donna Howse says:

    Oh my goodness I have been watching this show since day one I am sure she is irreplaceable may she rest in peace
    Donna in Canada

  49. Natalie says:

    Oh, NO! This is terrible news! This is like losing JR Ewing! What are we going to do without Katherine Chancelor?!? The show will not be the same! I know this is a HUGE loss for ALL on The Young and the Restless! My sincerest condolences especially to her family! Sigh…

    • Janie Perry says:

      I.m so sad to hear of Katherines deathe, you couldn’t help but, to love and respect her ,like a family member that everybody knew. God bless her and her family,plus the young and the restless family, what a tremendous loss. We’ll miss you now that you’ve been given the biggest award ,moving on up. Amen!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. Lisa says:

    I will miss seeing on the show I feel like I have lost my own grandparnt

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