Jeanne Cooper

Role Kay, Y&R

Show The Young and the Restless

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BIRTHDATE: Oct. 25, 1928

BIRTHPLACE: Taft, CA

YEARS ON SHOW: 1973-present

CHILDREN: Corbin Bernsen (ex- John, GH; ex-Todd, Y&R), Caren and Collin


Born in Taft, Calif., in 1928, Jeanne Cooper attended College of the Pacific before graduating from Pasadena Playhouse School. Cooper’s career included television guest spots on THE TWILIGHT ZONE, PERRY MASON, L.A. LAW, MAVERICK, TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL, THE NANNY and BEN CASEY (for which she received a prime-time Emmy nomination). She also appeared in the films The Man From Alamo, The Boston Strnagler and Tony Rome among others. Cooper had three children with husband Harry Bernsen before their 1977 divorce.

Since 1973, Cooper has called Y&R home. She was a Daytime Emmy nominee for Lead Actress in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1999. In 2004, Cooper received a Daytime Emmy for Lifetime Achievement. Her official Web site is www.jeannecooper.com.

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Random facts

  • In 1984 Cooper had a facelift and Y&R put it in the storyline showing footage from Cooper's actual surgery as Katherine had her facelift.
  • She has eight grandchildren.
  • She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1993.
  • Cooper claims her greatest achievement is surviving divorce and not being bitter.
  • Is 5' 3½".

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