Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Y&R's Jeanne Cooper Honored with AMEE Award

David Lago and Christian LeBlanc were among the many actors on hand to celebrate Jeanne Cooper last night as she was honored with an AFTRA Media and Entertainment Excellence Awards (AMEE) Award.

The ceremony was held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

Cooper, who for the last 35 years has played the grande dame of Genoa City, Katherine Chancellor, on CBS' THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. received the AMEE Award in Entertainment. She was presented the award by Maria Arena Bell, head writer and co-executive producer for the #1 daytime drama. Bell spoke of Cooper's dedication to the series and to AFTRA, looking out for the show's young performers and often hosting AFTRA representative meetings in her "office," a.k.a. her dressing room. "I never wanted to be a star. I wanted to be an actor," Cooper said in accepting the AMEE. "But to be a working professional, you need rules and protections and you have to work together with other professionals. This is what actors do through AFTRA. God bless this union, and I am so grateful to the AFTRA Foundation for this tremendous honor."

Other honorees include Smokey Robinson (AMEE Award in Sound Recordings) and Vin Scully (Wards in Broadcasting).

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Heather Tom, Kathleen Noone, Greg Rikaart, Michelle Stafford, Kate Linder, Jess Walton, Patrika Darbo, Adrienne Frantz, Marcia Wallace and Maria Arena Bell were also present at the event as well as Cooper's son, Corbin Bernsen.

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