Cooper, who has played the role of Katherine Chancellor for 38 years, is taking a short leave of absence from the series for medical reasons. She has received the Daytime Emmy Award and eight additional nominations for the role, as well as the Emmy Lifetime Achieve Award.
Learned is a four-time Emmy Award winner, having earned three awards for her role on hit series THE WALTONS and one for the series NURSE. Learned has previously appeared on the daytime dramas GENERAL HOSPITAL, ONE LIFE TO LIVE, and ALL MY CHILDREN.
Meanwhile, "Southern Comforts," starring Michael Learned & Granville Van Dusen opened Friday, Oct 21st in at The Falcon Theatre in Burbank, CA with an enthusiastic response from the audience that included Lee Meriwether, Bonnie Franklin, Robin Gammel and Richard Frankel
Written by Kathleen Clark and directed by Jules Aaron, Southern Comforts is the romantic comedy hit from Off-Broadway that follows the enchanting romance between New Jersey widower Gus (Van Dusen) and Southern widow Amanda (Learned). While waiting out a thunderstorm, their opposite natures collide to create a sweet and intoxicating love story with perceptive humor and unpredictable tribulation, proving that it's never too late to find the love of your life.
WHERE: The Falcon Theatre is located at 4252 Riverside Drive in Burbank, CA
DATES: Friday, October 21, - Sunday, November 13, 2011 & Wed. - Sat. at 8pm, Sun. at 4pm
TICKETS: Tickets can be purchased online at www.FalconTheatre.com or call (818) 955-8101
Wed/Thurs - $34.50 - $37.00 & Fri/Sat/Sun- $39.50 - $42.00. Student Rate (valid student ID) $27.00
The Falcon Theatre is a 130-seat performing arts space located in the Burbank, California media district. Built by Director/Writer/Producer Garry Marshall and his daughter Kathleen Marshall LaGambina, the Falcon offers a 5-play subscription series from August through April, in addition to summer productions. For more information visit, www.FalconTheatre.com
Learned will be pulling double duty during the run of Southern Comforts, as she begins filming of Y&R this week.
Learned is brilliant but there's only one Katherine Chancellor. Let's hope Cooper makes a quick return to the role.
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