50 Greatest Soap Actresses: #7 Jeanne Cooper

NAME: Jeanne Cooper
RANK: 7
SOAP ROLES: Katherine Chancellor, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS (1973-present); Wedding Guest, GUIDING LIGHT (2009); Katherine Chancellor, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (2005)

AWARDS:
2009 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
2009 AFTRA Media and Entertainment Excellence Awards (AMEE) Award
2008 Daytime Emmy win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
2007 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
2005 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
2004 Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award
2003 Awarded Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
2000 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
1999 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
1992 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
1991 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
1990 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
1990 Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress: Daytime
1989 Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
1989 Soap Opera Digest Award win for Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role: Daytime
1989 Soap Opera Digest Award win for Editor's Choice
1988 Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role: Daytime
1987 Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series
1986 Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role on a Daytime Serial
1962 Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actress

COMMENTS FROM THE PANEL:
Alan Carter: From light comedy to heavy drama, not to mention bringing in her own personal travails into a storyline...what hasn't Jeanne Cooper done?

Connie Passalacqua Hayman (Marlena De Lacroix): A real daytime original and a survivor. The evil alky Mrs. Chancellor stopped the show cold in 1975 and did it again last year with her endearing dual portraits of Marge/and truly-lovelorn-at-last Katherine.

Roger Newcomb: I grew up watching the formation of the Kay and Jill rivalry and Jeanne Cooper has made it work with every Jill. In fact, she makes her scenes work with everyone. As the years (and decades) have gone by, my respect for her talent and ability to always make things interesting has continued to grow. And her love for the genre that led her to request to be on GUIDING LIGHT at the end made me appreciate her even more.

Mimi Torchin: What can I say about Jeanne that many others before me haven't already said? Nothing. So let me just reiterate: Talent, guts, and a raucous sense of humor. What a fabulous broad.

Thom Racina: (wrote for Cooper at Y&R) Jeanne Cooper and Jess Walton: What a pair, what a delight together on screen, what riveting work. It was such a joy to be able to write some dialogue for them last year because I was just a big old fan!

COMMENTS FROM CO-STARS/CO-WORKERS/INDUSTRY:
Michael Muhney: (works with Cooper on Y&R) Jeanne is a load of fun and can spar with anyone. Nothing intimidates that woman, and that's why I love her. She's also quite complimentary of my acting so she has charmed her way into my heart.

Kin Shriner: (worked with Cooper on Y&R) Great time with her. She's a fun lady. We had a lot of fun in the '80s on a PA one weekend. She's wild as can be and makes me laugh every time I see her.

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