'The Young and the Restless' Plans a Celebration to Honor the Life of the Late Jeanne Cooper

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May 10th, 2013


via press release:



Tribute to Air Tuesday, May 28


Drama to Gather Cast Members to Remember the Beloved Emmy Award Winner


            THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS will air a special tribute episode to the late Jeanne Cooper on Tuesday, May 28, (12:30-1:30 PM, ET; 11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Cast members, friends and family of the beloved actress will gather on set next week to shoot a celebration of the life of their late friend who passed away this week at the age of 84. Cooper, the Emmy Award-winning actress who portrayed Katherine Chancellor for more than 39 years, was the show’s longest-running cast member.


As part of the tribute episode, the cast of THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS will share their favorite memories of working with Cooper, along with personal recollections of their friendships with her. Additionally, interviews with Cooper from the show’s recent 40th anniversary and classic clips of her years on the daytime drama will be included.


“Jeanne Cooper was a legend and we want to give her the tribute she deserves,” said Angelica McDaniel, Senior Vice President, Daytime CBS. “The cast will honor their longtime friend, family member and co-worker in the greatest way possible, as we celebrate her life and vibrant spirit and share it with the audience who loved her as much as we did.”


THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, recently nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Daytime Drama, has been the #1-rated daytime drama for more than 24 years.  The show is broadcast weekdays (12:30-1:30 PM, ET; 11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, PT) on the CBS Television Network and is produced by Bell Dramatic Serial Company, in association with Sony Pictures Television.


  • L

    Tragic and truly sad news. Jeanne is a soap icon, and will never be forgotten.

  • Eleanore

    I will miss Jeanne more than I can say. I have watched Y&R from the beginning and was great as Mrs C. remember seeing Jeanne in movies when I was younger. She was beautiful then and now. She will always be remembered.

  • Derrick

    Very sad………….
    Hope Y&R writes a great exit for her character!!!!

  • JJA

    She was an excelent actress, and quite funny too. Katherine & Jill’s antics were classic soap opera cheese. Loved it!!

  • Billy

    I assume that LATER in the story line the writers will deal with “the death” of KATHERINE CHANCELLOR” with returns of Beau Kyser and others to honor the character’s demise properly. Thank you CBS and Y&R for this unique May 28th broadcast which will allow the millions of fans to say good bye as well. I have welcomed JEANNE into my dorm room, and home for nearly 40 years, and feel she is like a part of MY FAMILY as well.

  • RLH78

    I sure hope to see pre-1980 clips of Kay. And wouldn’t it be wonderful to see a montage of the Jill vs. Katherine feud using clips of all the various actresses playing Jill over the years?

  • Tomcatt630

    Good to have a tribute sooner, instead of waiting 6 weeks for the episodes to ‘catch up’ as ‘All My Children’ did for veterans who passed on.

    When Fran Heflin, who played Erica Kane’s mother, died in 1990’s, they had a week of episodes dedicated to her character’s passing. A very good tribute.

    But, when matriarch Ruth Warrick died in 2005, it was one cheezy episode in comparison. Had long scenes of the young characters in current storylines, and only a few vintage scenes of ‘Phoebe’. ABC was afriad to ‘turn off’ 18-34 y/o women watching.

  • PatF

    This is a classy way to honor her. Kudos CBS.

  • Melanie P.

    Loved Mrs. Chancellor!! Jeanne was a fabulous actress and daytime icon. She will most certainly be missed. Been watching her since I was a little girl. I will be tuning in to see this episode. Thanks CBS!

  • James Michael

    I’ll be there!! Saw Mrs. Chancellor for the first time as a seventh grader. Now I’m 50 and happened to be home the day she last appeared. May Ms. Cooper rest in peace.

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