Jeanne Cooper Bio

(Kay, Y&R)

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BIRTHDATE: Oct. 25, 1928
BIRTHPLACE: Taft, CA
MARITAL HISTORY: Divorced — Cooper was married to Harry Bernsen from 1954-1977
CHILDREN: Corbin Bernsen (ex- John, GH; ex-Todd, Y&R), Caren and Collin
YEARS ON SHOW: 1973-present

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 AlamoThe Boston Strnagler and Tony Rome among others. Cooper had three children with husband Harry Bernsen before their 1977 divorce.

et cetera 5 random facts
  1. 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.
  2. She has eight grandchildren.
  3. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1993.
  4. Cooper claims her greatest achievement is surviving divorce and not being bitter.
  5. Is 5' 3½".
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Jeanne Cooper
Y&R WELCOMES BACK TWO STARS   Jul 21, 2014

Tricia Cast (Nina) and Michael Fairman (Murphy) are headed back...

STARS REMEMBER Y&R'S JEANNE COOPER   May 8, 2014

A year ago on May 8, the daytime world lost a legend with the passing of Jeanne Cooper, who played Y&R’s...

STARS REMEMBER Y&R'S JEANNE COOPER   May 8, 2014

A year ago on May 8, the daytime world lost a legend with the passing of Jeanne Cooper, who played Y&R’s...

How Y&R Will Address Jeanne Cooper's Death   May 13, 2013

TV Guide's Michael Logan talked to Jill Farren Phelps...

Lee Phillip Bell On Jeanne Cooper's Passing   May 10, 2013

Y&R Co-Creator Lee Phillip Bell released a statement about the passing of the legendary...

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Other Roles

Notable TV Roles
TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL (1997)
L.A. LAW (Gladys, 1986)
EMERGENCY! (Evelyn, 1975)
MCCLOUD (Gladys, 1975)
IRONSIDE (Myra, 1968)
BEN CASEY (Anna, 1966)
DR. KILDARE (Marian, 1964)
DEATH VALLEY DAYS (1954)
THE ADVENTURES OF KIT CARSEN (1953)

Notable Film Roles
Gentle Ben (2002) (Rowland)
Kansas City Bomber (1972) (Trainer Vivien)
The Boston Strangler (1968) (Cloe)
House of Women (1962) (Helen Jennings)
Let No Man Write My Epitaph (1960) (Fran)
Calling Homicide (1956) (Darlene Adams (Frank))
The Man from the Alamo (1953) (Kate Lamar)


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