Jeanne Cooper

Actress


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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In her three-hour Archive interview, Jeanne Cooper (1928-2013) talks about her early TV career making guest appearances on The Twilight Zone, M Squad, The Man From U.N.C.L.E, 77 Sunset Strip, and Perry Mason, and appearing as a regular on Bracken's World. She details her over 30-year tenure as The Young and the Restless' "Katherine 'Kay' Chancellor," speaking candidly about the impact the show has had both on herself, and on its loyal audience. She discusses several of her character's storylines over the years, outlines production on the show, and illustrates how The Young and the Restless has tackled sticky subjects like alcoholism and plastic surgery. Cooper also describes her experience working with her son, Corbin Bernsen, on L.A. Law, and recalls her Daytime Emmy win. Nancy Wiard conducted the interview on December 2, 2009 in North Hollywood CA.

"Nothing is more difficult than this medium [daytime drama] and making it work, whether you're a technician or whether you're an actor. You'd better be ready to move, learn, develop, and perform.  It doesn't need anything less. And the ones who prosper in this media are the ones who have done exactly that."

Interviewee(s)
Highlights
Jeanne Cooper on the development and evolution of her character "Katherine Chancellor" on The Young and the Restless
Jeanne Cooper on Bill Bell's and Lee Philip Bell's inspirations for The Young and the Restless
Jeanne Cooper on advice received about working on a daytime drama
Jeanne Cooper on the subject of plastic surgery on The Young and the Restless
Jeanne Cooper on the impact of daytime television
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On her childhood and early influences
On her first professional role as an actress; on her name change to Jeanne Cooper
On her first acting appearance on television; on working on live television
On her acquaintance with Howard Hughes
On working on Western series and the evolution of working in television
On working on suspense and detective series: 77 Sunset Strip, Perry Mason, M Squad
On special memories from The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
On her experience working on The Twilight Zone

Chapter 2

On Bracken's World and Ben Casey; on her first Emmy nomination
On type casting; on the casting process; on managing a busy work schedule
On The Young and the Restless and her character "Katherine Chancellor"

Chapter 3

On working with the cast and crew of The Young and the Restless
On the production process and a normal day working on the set of The Young and the Restless
On learning dialogue; on the rehearsal process and shooting schedule for The Young and the Restless
On advice she received about working on daytime drama
On major story points over the years on The Young and the Restless: lesbianism, plastic surgery, "Katherine Chancellor's" relationship with "Rex Sterling," and playing the dual roles of "Katherine" and "Marge"
On storylines she would like to see for "Katherine Chancellor" on The Young and the Restless
On her role on L.A. Law; on working with her son, Corbin Bernsen, and on their Emmy nominations
On receiving her Daytime Emmy Award and the highlights of her career
On advice she would give someone starting out in acting on a daytime drama today
On how she would like to be remembered
Shows

Ben Casey

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Jeanne Cooper on working on Ben Casey

Bonanza

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Jeanne Cooper on working on Bonanza, Maverick and The Adventures of Kit Carson

Bracken's World

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Jeanne Cooper on working on Bracken's World

Emmy Awards, The (Primetime and Daytime)

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Jeanne Cooper on her first Emmy nominated role on Ben Casey for "But Linda Only Smiled"

L.A. Law

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Jeanne Cooper on her role on L.A Law and working with her son, Corbin Bernsen

Perry Mason

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Jeanne Cooper on working on detective series, Perry Mason

Playhouse 90

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Jeanne Cooper on working on Playhouse 90

Twilight Zone, The

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Jeanne Cooper on working on The Twilight Zone

Young and the Restless, The

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Jeanne Cooper on working on The Young and the Restless
Jeanne Cooper on her work with The Young and the Restless spanning 36 years
Topics

Characters & Catchphrases

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Jeanne Cooper on the development and evolution of her character "Katherine Chancellor" on The Young and the Restless
Jeanne Cooper on the subject of "Katherine Chancellor's" plastic surgery on The Young and the Restless

Emmy Awards

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Jeanne Cooper on her first Emmy nominated role on Ben Casey for "But Linda Only Smiled"
Jeanne Cooper on her and son Corbin Bernsen's Emmy nominations for their work on L.A. Law and her Daytime Emmy Award

Memorable Moments on Television

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Jeanne Cooper on fond memories of working with Morey Amsterdam

Television Industry

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Jeanne Cooper on receiving her Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy; on highlights of her career working in television
Professions

Actress

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Jeanne Cooper on type casting
Jeanne Cooper on managing a busy work schedule
Jeanne Cooper on the development and evolution of her character "Katherine Chancellor" on The Young and the Restless
Genres

Cop/Detective/Mystery Series

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Jeanne Cooper on working on suspense and detective series
Jeanne Cooper on working on L.A. Law with her son Corbin Bernsen

Daytime/Primetime Serials

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Jeanne Cooper on working on The Young and the Restless
Jeanne Cooper on the cast and crew of The Young and the Restless
Jeanne Cooper on the production process for The Young and the Restless
Jeanne Cooper on learning dialogue; on the rehearsal process and shooting schedule for The Young and the Restless
Jeanne Cooper on the subject of plastic surgery on The Young and the Restless
Jeanne Cooper on the challenges of playing dual roles on The Young and the Restless

Drama Series

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Jeanne Cooper on the show Bracken's World

Medical Dramas

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Jeanne Cooper on the medical show, Ben Casey

Western Series

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Jeanne Cooper on working on Western series television
People

Kay Alden

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Jeanne Cooper on Kay Alden's contribution to The Young and the Restless

Morey Amsterdam

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Jeanne Cooper on fond memories of working with Morey Amsterdam

Lee Phillip Bell

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Jeanne Cooper On Bill Bell's and Lee Philip Bell's inspirations and influences for The Young and the Restless

William Bell

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Jeanne Cooper On Bill Bell's and Lee Philip Bell's inspirations and influences for The Young and the Restless

Lauralee Bell

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Jeanne Cooper on working with actress Lauralee Bell on The Young and the Restless

Eric Braeden

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Jeanne Cooper on working with actor Eric Braeden on The Young and the Restless

Eddie Cantor

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Jeanne Cooper on working with Eddie Cantor on Playhouse 90

John Conboy

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Jeanne Cooper on working with producer John Conboy and her introduction to daytime television
Jeanne Cooper on advice received from John Conboy about working on a daytime drama

Howard Hughes

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Jeanne Cooper on her acquaintance with Howard Hughes

Julianna McCarthy

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Jeanne Cooper on working with actress Julianna McCarthy on The Young and the Restless

Leslie Nielsen

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Jeanne Cooper on working with Leslie Nielsen

Maureen O'Hara

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Jeanne Cooper on working with Maureen O'Hara in The Redhead from Wyoming

Eleanor Parker

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Jeanne Cooper on working with Eleanor Parker

Paul Rauch

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Jeanne Cooper on working with producer Paul Rauch on The Young and the Restless

Melody Thomas Scott

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Jeanne Cooper on working with actress Melody Thomas Scott on The Young and the Restless

Rod Serling

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Jeanne Cooper on her friendship with Rod Serling

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