When Jeanne Cooper first stepped into “The Young and the Restless’” Genoa City as Katherine Chancellor back in 1973, soap opera history was made. Written by show creator William J. Bell specifically to convey controversial storylines that would boost weak ratings, Katherine was everything the wealthy wife of Phillip Chancellor II shouldn’t be: a drunk, a heavy smoker and a bit of a slut who had illicit affairs with stable boys. Despite the character’s many problems, fans fell in love with Katherine — as well as the actress who so effortlessly brought her to life.
It is with great sadness to report that Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor, "The Young and the Restless") has died. The 84-year old actress, who has been in and out of the hospital in recent weeks, died this morning in her hospital bed with her daughter by her side.
"RIP Jeanne Cooper (1911-2013) Dead," read an inappropriate tweet by tweeter @BravoMaxine, which was tweeted to twitter accounts @ebraeden @melodythomassco @victoriarowell. The tweet received a response from Victoria Rowell (ex-Drucilla Winters, "The Young and the Restless") who said, "A special lady & great Native American actress." Thankfully, we can report that Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor, "The Young and the Restless"), who was actually born in 1928, is very much alive as stated by Eric Braeden (Victor Newman, "Y&R"), "Contrary to some statement, Jeanne Cooper is doing better and sitting with her daughter Caren by her bedside!!"
After being released from the hospital this past weekend, Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor, "The Young and the Restless") was sadly readmitted on Wednesday. With posts on Facebook, Cooper's son, Corbin Bernsen, has been keeping friends and fans all around the world up-to-date on his mom's current condition and things aren't looking good. The actor said in one of his recent postings, "Please know that I'm not saying my mother's life has ended, it hasn't, but no matter how you slice it, she is in the final stages, whether it lasts an hour, day, month or years. I had to say 'goodbye' to her tonight 'just in case' as I'm traveling tomorrow to Vancouver for 'Psych.'"
It’s been a scary and emotional two weeks for the family of Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor, “The Young and the Restless”), who were stunned when the actress fell ill and was admitted to the hospital earlier this month. Her son, Corbin Bernsen, took to social media to keep fans in the loop on his mother’s uphill battle, and over the weekend, it was announced that Cooper has finally been released and is finishing her recovery at home!