Best known as the “Grande Dame of Genoa City” on “The Young and the Restless” for over 40 years, Jeanne Cooper has died. She was 84.
Her death was confirmed by her son, actor Corbin Bernsen, on his Twitter account. “Mom passed this morning. She was in peace and without fear.”
As Katherine Chancellor on the CBS soap, Cooper was was one of the longest-serving serial television actors in American media, having played the character six months after the series debuted in 1973. The role earned her 11 Daytime Emmy nominations and best actress Emmy in 2008. At the time of her death, she was one of the longest-serving serial television actors.
Before the role, Cooper had appeared in numerous television series in the 1950s and 1960s, including “The Adventures of Kit Carson,” “The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse,” “Tales of Wells Fargo,” “Bracken’s World,” and “Perry Mason.” She also had a recurring role on “L.A. Law,” where she played the mother of her real life son Corbin Bernsen’s character, Arnie, and received a 1987 Emmy nomination for best guest actress in a drama.
Cooper is survived by her three children.