Cast members and friends of the beloved actress, including Melody Thomas Scott, Christian Le Blanc, Tracey Bregman, Eric Braeden and THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL’s John McCook, as well as family members such as her son, Corbin Bernsen, recently gathered on set to shoot a celebration of the life of their late friend, who passed away earlier this month 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.
The rest of CBS Daytime does their part as well. THE PRICE IS RIGHT will be re-airing the Y&R anniversary show with Jeanne Cooper (and Lamon Archey, Marco Dapper, Ignacio Serricchio and Redaric Williams) on Tuesday. Also, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL plans to pay tribute to Jeanne after their episode with a memorial card that day.
“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.”
"We're going to have the actors closest to Jeanne — probably 25 in all — sit in the Chancellor mansion set and tell stories and reminisce about her life, as themselves," said executive producer Jill Farren Phelps in an interview with TV Guide Magazine. "We'll serve tea and let everyone talk and cry and laughs and share and we'll find the best photos and clips we can get our hands on and edit it all together into a beautiful celebration episode. This is all for Jeanne. And then later we will deal with the death of Kay Chancellor. We've already written the show into July, so it will take some time before we can address her departure on air. In the meantime, there will be references in the script that Katherine and her husband Murphy are off somewhere on a trip."
"We have not yet decided how Kay's life will actually end," Phelps said, "but we are talking a bit already about what she will leave in her wake. It will be something that will leave the memory of Kay Chancellor deeply embedded in everyone in Genoa City. What happens to Chancellor Industries? What decisions did Kay make in the event of her death? The ramifications need to be big."
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
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