Breaking News Jeanne Cooper, a huge soap opera star who played Katherine Chancellor on “The Young and the Restless” for decades, has died. She was 84.
“L.A. Law” star Corbin Bernsen — Cooper”s real-life son — tweeted this morning that she had passed away. She had fallen ill with an infection earlier this year after helping promote “Y&R”s” 40th anniversary.
Cooper joined the show soon after its 1973 debut and had been nominated for 10 Daytime Emmys going back to “89 … she finally won for lead actress in 2008.
Cooper was married to TV producer Harry Bernsen, Jr. for 23 years before divorcing … all three of their children — Corbin, Collin and Caren — are actors.
Her character Katherine was groundbreaking in daytime … she went through bouts of alcoholism, lost four husbands and a child … and even had lesbian flings. But her most famous thread was a bitter feud with Jill Foster Abbott … including this epic catfight: