Sadly, the entertainment community lost actress Jeanne Cooper four years ago, but Oct. 25 was her birthday, and her dear friends at THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS marked the occasion by sharing photos and messages on social media. Her career began long before she joined Y&R as Katherine Chancellor in 1973, but that role is the one that made her beloved to soap fans around the world.
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Cooper appeared in numerous films and television programs and earned her first Emmy nomination for Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role for her work on BEN CASEY. She also received an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series for her appearance on an episode of L.A. LAW, the NBC series that starred her son, Corbin Bernsen (Father Todd, Y&R). Over her years on Y&R, Cooper racked up an impressive 10 Daytime Emmy Award nominations, taking home the gold for Lead Actress in 2008. In addition, she was given a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.
Her dressing room at Y&R is still in use today and was most recently used by Beth Maitland when she made another return to play Traci. The door to 41C also now bears a plaque that reads: “Jeanne Cooper Dressing Room: The Door Was Always Open.”
On the day when they would have celebrated with Cooper, Y&R stars like Daniel Goddard (Cane), Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren), and Kate Linder (Esther) all shared a birthday wish to their friend who they still miss dearly. You can see some of their heartfelt messages with their photos below.
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Daniel Goddard Jeanne Cooper
"All hail the queen!" declared Daniel Goddard (Cane). "Gone but never forgotten you. Happy birthday, Jeanne, we miss you!
Tracey Bregman Jeanne Cooper
"I still can’t believe you are gone," shared Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren). "Happy Birthday to Jeanne Cooper, the heart of Y&R. #neverforgotten #inmy❤️forever"
Michelle Stafford Jeanne Cooper
"Remembering this incredible woman today on her birthday," said Michelle Stafford (ex-Phyllis; Nina, GENERAL HOSPITAL). "You will never be forgotten, my sister."
Kate Linder Jeanne Cooper
"Can't believe it's been 4 years!" exclaimed Kate Linder (Esther). "Missing you, Jeanne."
Bryton James Jeanne Cooper
"Happy Birthday to the incomparable Jeanne Cooper," wrote Bryton James (Devon). "Thank you for your love."