Jeanne Cooper

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Actress

Birth Date: October 25, 1928

Death Date: May 8, 2013

Birth Place: Taft, California

This seasoned, husky-voiced character actress began her career in feature films under contract at Universal in the 1950s. The youngest child of part-Cherokee parents, Jeanne Cooper was born and raised in California. After studies at the Pasadena Playhouse, she made her stage debut in local musical productions. Put under contract, she appeared in several B-movies and Westerns early in her career. On the small screen, Cooper made guest appearances on many of the top shows of the late '50s and early '60s such as "Playhouse 90" (CBS, 1956-1961) and "The Twilight Zone" (CBS, 1959-1964). In 1962, she earned her first Emmy nomination for her performance in an episode of the medical drama "Ben Casey" (ABC, 1961-66). After a turn as a regular on "Bracken's World" (NBC, 1969-1970), a series about the behind-the-scenes goings-on at a film studio, Cooper became beloved by many soap-opera addicts for her long-running role as the wealthy, tough-as-nails but generally goodhearted grand dame Katherine Chancellor on "The Young and the Restless" (CBS, 1973- ). She was the only actor who had been with the serial since its premiere, and, over the course of her long tenure, her character coped with such problems as breast cancer, alcoholism, and kidnapping. (She even got to play a lower-class lookalike.) Cooper created a stir in 1984 when she allowed cameras to film her real-life facelift, which was incorporated into her storyline. Cooper was the mother of actor Corbin Bernsen, and they worked together on several occasions. She twice appeared as his intimidating parent on "L.A. Law" (NBC, 1986-1994) in 1986 and 1990 (earning a Primetime Emmy nomination for the former). In 1992, Cooper was cast as Bernsen's mother in the comedy feature "Frozen Assets." For her work on "The Young and the Restless," she received back-to-back Daytime Emmy nominations as Outstanding Leading Actress in a Drama Series in 1989, 1990, 1991, and 1992, eventually winning a lifetime achievement award in 2004 and an Outstanding Lead Actress award in 2008. Featured on the soap well into her 80s, she died on May 8, 2013, after appearing as her cherished character for more than 1,000 episodes.

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Journey of Faith

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2022

The Young and the Restless 35th Anniversary: Cast & Creators Live at the Paley Center

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2010

The Talk

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Talk
2010

Donna on Demand

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Virginia Hart
Movie
2009

SOAPnet Selects: The Best of '06

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2006

Carpool Guy

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Mrs. Lunsford
Movie
2005

Gentle Ben 2: Danger on the Mountain

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Rowland
Movie
2003

The Tomorrow Man

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Jeanine
Movie
2001

Touched by an AngelStream

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1994

The NannyStream

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1993

Diagnosis MurderStream

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1993

Frozen Assets

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Zach Shepard's Mother
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1992

The Bold and the BeautifulStream

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Kay Chancellor
Soap
1987

The San Pedro Bums

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Mrs. McClory
Movie
1977

Sweet Hostage

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Mrs. Withers
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1975

Kolchak: The Night StalkerStream

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1974
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Hawkins

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1973

The Young and the RestlessStream

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Katherine Chancellor
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1973

The All-American BoyStream

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Nola Bealer
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1973

The Price Is RightStream

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1972

Kansas City Bomber

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Trainer Vivien
Movie
1972

Cannon

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Silvia Barberio
Series
1971

McCloud

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Gladys
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1970

The Boston StranglerStream

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Cloe
Movie
1968
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MannixStream

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Emma Rand
Series
1967

Cimarron Strip

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1967

The Loner

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1965

Laredo

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1965

The Big Valley

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1965

A Man Called Shenandoah

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1965

Branded-1965

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1965

The Glory Guys

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Mrs. Rachael McCabe
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1965

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.Stream

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1964
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Mr. Novak

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1963

The Dakotas

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Rebecca Ridgeway
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1963

El Zoológico de Terror

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1963

El Zoológico del Terror

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1963

Black Zoo

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Edna Conrad
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1963

The VirginianStream

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Julia Montgomery
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1962

The Commies Are Coming, the Commies Are Coming

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Helen Donavan
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1962

House of Women

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Helen Jennings
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1962

Ben Casey

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Linda Miller
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1961

Dr. Kildare

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1961

Surfside 6

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1960

ThrillerStream

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1960

The Tall Man

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Elmira Webster
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1960

Shotgun Slade

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1959

The Untouchables

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1959

The Twilight ZoneStream

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Liz
Series
1959
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BonanzaStream

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1959

RawhideStream

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1959

77 Sunset Strip

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Jean Kingsley
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1958

Bronco

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1958

Mike Hammer

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1958

Plunder Road

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Fran Werner
Movie
1958

Perry MasonStream

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Laura Beaumont
Series
1957

Wagon TrainStream

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1957

Sugarfoot

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1957

Have Gun -- Will TravelStream

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1957

The George Sanders Mystery Theater

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1957

Tales of Wells FargoStream

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Belle Starr
Series
1957

Five Steps to Danger

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Helen Bethke
Movie
1957

Rock All Night

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Mabel
Movie
1957

Zane Grey TheaterStream

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1956

Highway Patrol

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1955

Cheyenne

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1955

GunsmokeStream

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Lily PItts
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1955

The Man From the Alamo

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Kate Lamar
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1953

Shadows of Tombstone

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Marge
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1953

Showcase 39

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1952

Death Valley DaysStream

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Susie Jarvis
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1952

Death Valley DaysStream

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Rachel Barrett
Series
1952

The Redhead From Wyoming

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Myra
Movie
1952

The Adventures of Kit CarsonStream

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1951

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