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Jeanne Cooper

Born : 25 October 1928
City : Taft, CA
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Jeanne Cooper Biography
There have been actors and entertainers in our film industry who have done their very best every time they appeared on the screen. To them, acting has always been their passion, not business. They have always taught people to be passionate about their work and do the very best they can. The actors we had in the golden period of cinema were the ones who are the true inspirations we know till date. Their success story is incomplete without talking about the struggle they have seen in life to reach a point where they would be remembered even after their death. There was an amazingly talented and a beautiful actress named Jeanne Cooper, who has given this industry immense amount of memories to cherish and remember. Even after she passed away she still resides in our hearts because she had touched many souls with what she did on the screen.

Jeanne Cooper Early Life


She was born on the 25th October 1958 in Taft, California in the United States. She was born to parents Albert Troy Cooper, and his wife, the former Sildeth Evelyn Moore. She had three more siblings at her home and she was the youngest of all. Together as a family, they used to live in Kern County for many years after they moved from Taft in 1942. Then they finally moved to Bakersfield. In the year 1944, the family had to go through a very unfortunate day of their as Cooper’s mother passed away on 21st of August that year. Her father died on 11th April in 1986

Jeanne Cooper Career | First Movies | The Rabbi Davis Story | Emmy Award Nomination | Outstanding Supporting Actress 


It was in the 1950s when Jeanne Cooper began to act and commence her career in acting. At first, she had appeared in supporting roles in a few films co starring people like Maureen O'Hara, Glenn Ford, Tony Curtis, and Henry Fonda. In 1953, she got a chance to act and play the character of Myra in a western film entitled The Redhead from Wyoming. It was also her first film in which she had a major role to play. After this movie she continued to appear in some smaller roles in the movies like The Man from the Alamo, Over-Exposed, 5 Steps to Danger, Rock All Night, House of Women, 13 West Street, The Intruder, Black Zoo, The Glory Guys, Tony Rome, The Boston Strangler and Kansas City Bomber. For at least 20 long years she had been a fixture on the television series with different genres from the 1950s to 1970s. In the year 1956, she had been chosen by the director of the show The Rabbi Davis Story of the religious anthology series of Crossroads, who cast her in the role of Mrs. Hinton. In the same year, we saw her appearing in the role of Louis Douglas in Girl Bandit of Broderick Crawford’s syndicated crime drama named Highway Patrol. She had also managed to make an appearance on the Wagon Train episode named The Whipping

In the year 1957, Jeanne Cooper was cast for one of the early episodes of NBC’s show named Tales of Wells Fargo, portraying the character of a woman bandit named Belle Starr. In the year 1959, she had portrayed a Duchess in the second episode named Clay Alison of the show Tales of Wells Fargo. In 1958 she made an appearance in one of the episodes named Wheel of Fortune which was also from an NBC western series named Jefferson Drum. The show starred Jeff Richards in the role of a newspaper publisher.  Also in 1958, Cooper appeared as Lucy in Sundown at Bitter Creek of the CBS western anthology series, Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater. In 1960, she again played the role of Belle Starr in an episode of the TV series Bronco titled Shadow of Jesse James. She had been seen making five phenomenal guest appearances during the nine years running period of the show named Perry Mason. She began with appearing in the role of Laura Beaumont in the 1958’s episode named The Case of the Corresponding Corpse. Her final and fifth appearance in the show was in the final season of the show as defendant Miriam Fielding in the episode named The Case of the Vanishing Victim. The year 1962, held enormous importance in her life as she had earned herself an Emmy Award nomination that year for her performance in Ben Casey.  She was cast as a regular actor on one of NBC’s show named Bracken’s World. She had done so many television series by this time and some of them were The Twilight Zone, Hawaii Five-O, Mannix, Ironside, Storefront Lawyers, The Silent Force, Touched by an Angel, Gunsmoke, The Untouchables, and numerous others as well. In the year 1965, she made a big opening of her career by appearing in ABC network’s western TV series named The Big Valley. In that show she was playing the role of the character named Elaine Baxter Jason, who was a mercantile store owner, she was also portraying the old friend of the main lead character Victoria Berkeley. In another episode, she appears as the money-hungry aunt of Health. Her husband was portrayed in the episode by John Anderson, who years later became known as MacGyver's grandfather, Harry Jackson.

She got her mainstream fame when she was cast for playing the role of Katherine Chancellor on the very famous daytime soap opera named The Young and the Restless. Her performance had broken all the records for the highest rated daytime operas. In that show, Katherine has endured several bouts with alcoholism, ischemic stroke, and the unfortunate loss of many men like her four late husbands and her child taken away after birth. In the year 1984, she had got a facelift on the national television. It was when she told the executives of the show that she is getting a facelift, they thought that they could use it on the show and hence it was Katherine’s facelift on the show as well. The show was based on the main story that featured Katherine’s rivalry with the character Jill Foster Abbott. It was revealed in 2003 that Jill was Katherine's daughter born out of wedlock, but in 2009 cast doubt on that assertion and the long bitter enemies were found not to be mother and daughter after all. For her extraordinary acting and flawless performance on that show, she received ten Daytime Emmy nominations, nine for Outstanding Lead Actress and one for Outstanding Supporting Actress, and two Primetime Emmy nominations. She had also been honored with the Lifetime achievement award for Daytime Emmys in the year 2004. As she had given Hollywood a lot to cherish so she had also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6801 Hollywood Blvd. She had earned herself another award of honor which was Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in the year 2008. 

In the episode that was shot in 2008, Cooper’s character Katherine was thought to have died on the show, but later it was exposed on the show that she looks alike Marge had died and she had been facing certain memory loss issues after the car accident took place which had also taken Marge’s life. In the month of October in 2011, she had to take medical leave from the show and her part was then portrayed by a veteran actress Michael Learned. A few days later, she had confirmed that she will be returning to the sets soon and on December 23rd we saw her back on the show. She shot her last scene on that show in March the next year and it was also an occasion of the 40th anniversary of the show The Young and the Restless and that scene she shot was aired on television on 3rd May in 2013, which was five days before she died. A tribute episode of The Young and the Restless in honor of Jeanne Cooper made up of clips, cast memories and interviews were shown on May 28 on the CBS network. Her character, Katherine, died off screen a few months later after a long worldwide trip, in Hong Kong while visiting son Tucker McCall.

Jeanne Cooper Personal Life


She married a television producer named Harry Bernsen. Their love was so strong and their marriage had lasted for 23 long years before they got divorced. Cooper released her book on 31ST July in 2012, in which she talks about the fact that after their divorce she barely saw her ex-husband. They lost all contacts with each other after getting separated. She also said in that book that they were not even on friendly terms with each other before he died on 31st May in 2008. They had three children together and all of them are established actors today. Out of them Corbin Bernsen is the actor we know from L.A. Law TV series and Cooper had played the role of his mother twice on that show, Collin Bernsen was born on March 30th in 1958 and last of all is Caren Bernsen who was born on 17th August in 1960.

Jeanne Cooper Death 


In the year 2013 right after she got back from the promotional event of Y&R 40th anniversary, she fell ill due to some infection. She died on 8th May in Los Angeles Hospital. Besides infection, there has been one more reason and cause of her death that she was a heavy smoker and she had been smoking all her life long. Thus she was also suffering from the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The last scene she had filmed for Y&R was aired just a few days before she died. Her son Corbin Bernsen revealed the truth of her death by opening up on social media. 
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