The Sad Demise of Famous Star 'Jeanne Cooper'-Young and Restless

Los Angeles - Jeanne Cooper, the long-standing soap opera celebrity who played grande dame Katherine Chancellor for about 4 decades on The Young and the Restless, has died. She was 84.

Cooper died on Wednesday morning in her sleep, her son the actor Corbin Bernsen wrote on Facebook. The family confirmed the death to CBS, as reported by the a network spokesperson.

Bernsen tweeted on 12 April that his mother faced an "uphill battle" for an top secret disease. In those days he wrote of her limited improvement and said that she'd been taken off breathing equipment.

In a Facebook posting on 17 April, Bernsen said his mother cursed several times, "showing me that she's getting her old self, not excited about the position, and ready to get out of the hospital and shake up the world".

Career And Life:

Cooper, born in the California town of Taft in 1928, attended the College of the Pacific and performed in local theater productions before her professional career began with the 1953 movies The Redhead from Wyoming starring Maureen O'Hara.

Other film credits include 1968's The Boston Strangler with Tony Curtis and 1967's Tony Rome with Frank Sinatra.

She had a parallel career in TV, with shows including The Adventures of Kit Carson in 1953 and The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse in 1954 and Bracken's World in 1969-70.

In a recurring role on L.A. Law, she played the mother to Bersen's character, Arnie, and gained a 1987 Emmy nomination for best guest actress in a drama. Bernsen later joined his mother on her series, doing several appearances as a priest, Father Todd.

But it was her character on The Young and the Restless that established her a TV celebrity intimately well-known to viewers.

Cooper's 30-year marriage to Harry Bernsen ended in divorce. The couple have three children, Corbin, Caren and Collin, and eight grandchildren.

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