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The death of Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor) has left a hole in the daytime community that will never be filled. As news of the actress' passing became public, stars from around the community shared their messages of love and respect for Cooper.
"Wasn't sure how I would have to say these words so I opt for simplicity at least to begin... My mother passed away this morning just a short time ago, peaceful with my sister by her side, in her sleep. I was going to visit this afternoon, thought I had time. Reminder to self - time is a precious thing. I too am at peace however. I said my goodbyes several times over during the last few weeks. I'll go one last time now for a gentle kiss a final farewell for this lifetime. She has been a blaze her entire life, that beacon, that boxer I spoke of earlier. She went the full twelve rounds and by unanimous decision... won! And while her light finally gave into the wind that gives flight to all our journeys, there will always be a glimmer left behind by what she stood for. I will speak about that more in coming days, months I suppose. I will certainly dedicate what remains of my life to continue her purpose of honesty, equality, humility, empathy and love. So many of you have said your prayers for her and right now, today, I can say the best way to honor her is to inhabit your lives with those things she stood for. I would ask that closer friends respectfully give us some time to find our family's path in this transition, and please limit calls, emails and the rest for a couple of days. As always, your outpouring of love here on this page, is not only welcomed to continue but truly appreciated and comforting. I asked my sister what time she passed exactly, and she told me (not to important for public record) but I was working out and just happened to pick out a song for my final moments on the treadmill - "Everlasting Light" by the Black Keys. Oh what a wonder it all is... what a magnificence!" -- Corbin Bersen, Actor/Director and Cooper's son,
"JEANNE COOPER: respected colleague, industry icon, woman of passion and grandeur; most important, beloved friend. She was a shining beacon. Her love was unexpendable, and was given freely to all, from fans to great celebrities. She was not jaded by success, nor impressed by wealth and fame. Her crowning glory was her family: her children Corbin, Collin and Caren and her grandchildren, whom she adored, and all of whom adored her in return. Her presence resonated in the lives of all those around her. Through her personal and professional journey, she saved hundreds, possibly thousands, from the depths of alcoholism. She embodied compassion and forgiveness. No daytime icon has ever been more influential in the lives of millions. She will be terribly missed, but her light will shine on forever. May angels guide you on your journey, dear Jeanne. I will love you forever." -- Lee Phillip Bell (Co-creator, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful)
"It is with immeasurable sadness and our deepest condolences to her family, that Y&R mourns the loss of our beloved Jeanne Cooper." -- Jill Farren Phelps, executive producer of The Young and the Restless
"Jeanne Cooper - A genuine person, gifted performer, good friend to all. Never before and never again. A true artist and legend. She will be missed. My thoughts and my love are with her family." -- Bradley Bell, executive producer/head writer of The Bold and the Beautiful and son of Y&R creators Bill and Lee Phillip Bell, said in a statement.
"Jeanne Cooper will be remembered as a daytime television legend and as a friend who will truly be missed by all of us here at the Network. She was the longest-running cast member on daytime’s No. 1 show, bringing indelible charm, class and talent to every episode. On behalf of everyone at CBS, we send our condolences to Jeanne’s family, as well as the legions of fans she has amassed during her record 39 years on The Young and The Restless, and throughout her career." -- Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment.
"Jeanne Cooper was a legend in daytime and a beloved member of our Y&R family. She touched the lives of millions, who watched her every day over the past 40 years. We send our sincerest condolences to her family as we also celebrate her wonderful life." -- Steve Mosko, President of Sony Pictures TV.
"Daytime has lost a legend. Our thoughts are with Jeanne Cooper's family. Love and sympathy from everyone at GH." -- Frank Valentini, executive producer of General Hospital.
"I am deeply saddened by Jeanne's passing! She had struggled enormously to the very end! She loved her fans, & we all loved working with her! It feels like the end of an era! Everyone here is just deeply saddened! I loved working with her! We always had some laughs!" -- Eric Braeden (Victor Newman, Y&R)
“Jeanne Cooper was one of a kind. No one who has ever known her would disagree with that statement. Her life force and energy were legendary. Many a time I marveled as she outlasted the rest of us on late night shoots. She was a moving, inventive, and powerful actress. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She was part warrior, part rabble rouser, part truck driver and part Diva, all wrapped up in one Great Lady. Most of all, to me, she was my friend and I loved her. For the last 26 years, hers was the face I most wanted to see when I came to work. Hers was the energy I most wanted to bounce off of on stage. Hers was the voice that kept me in stitches . And because of all that, hers is the presence I will never in my life forget.” -- Jess Walton (Jill Abbott, Y&R)
"These hallowed halls will never be the same :(" - Joshua Morrow (Nick Newman)
"I am just crushed to hear that #JeanneCooper has passed away. We have lost an icon. She was the grand dame, a beautiful soul who touched the lives of millions. I am honored and so privileged to have been part of her miraculous life... and she will always be in my heart." -- Daniel Goddard (Cane Ashby, Y&R)
"Jeanne took me under her wing from the moment I started Y&R. A friend, teacher, mother figure, a true joy. I will miss her so!" -- Lauralee Bell (Christine Williams, Y&R)
"She lived a long life. She kicked her fair share of asses. The world just got a little less feisty today. You'll be missed, Jeanne Cooper." -- Michael Muhney (Adam Newman, Y&R)
"Sad sad day. RIP Jeanne Cooper. Love and prayers to your family. Hugs to all Y&R fans xo" -- Laura Wright (Carly Jacks, General Hospital).
"Good night #JeanneCooper. You will be missed. xoxox" -- Ian Buchanan
"A very sad day for all of us. You will be deeply missed Jeanne Cooper." -- Jessica Collins (Avery Clark, Y&R)
"Sending my prayers to Jeanne Cooper's family and loved ones today. She was a class act & a truly great lady..." -- Sonya Eddy (Epiphany Johnson, GH)
"My deepest condolences go out to @corbinbernsen and all of your family and everyone at Y&R. Jeanne was an amazing woman." -- Galen Gering (Rafe Hernadez, Days of our Lives)
"My beautiful friend Jeanne Cooper passed away this morning. I am heartbroken! I love you so much Jeanne! Now coolest strongest angel ever!!!" -- Adrienne Frantz (Amber Moore, Y&R/B&B)
"RIP Jeanne Cooper. Soap Legend. Grew up watching Mrs. Chancellor with my gramma" -- Shenell Edmonds (ex-Destiny Evans, One Life to Live)
"Today. JEANNE COOPER passed away.. She played MRS. CHANCELLOR on The Young and The Restless.. She is a Legend. She made me laugh! All Love!!" -- Shemar Moore (ex-Malcolm Winters, Y&R)
"I'm going to miss my friend. Jeanne remains as an example and inspiration. Peace be with her family and loved ones." -- Tricia Cast (Nina Webster)
"God bless Jeanne Cooper, a most wonderful lady,a fantastic actress,one of the most loving and supportive friends I've had in this business. May your journey be Blessed as you begin your spiritual life and shine in Heaven. The Duchess lives forever in our hearts." -- Catherine Hickland (Lindsay Rappaprt, One Life to Live)
"So sad 4 the passing of Jeanne Cooper. She was always so kind & gracious 2 me when I would see her @ CBS during my time on B&B..prayers" -- Jack Wagner (Nick Marone, B&B; Frisco Jones, GH)
"Rest peacefully ?@Jeannecooper1?. We love you and look forward to singing a new song. Psalm 23." -- Scott Reeves (ex-Ryan McNeil, Y&R):
"The world lost one of its original Dames today. To say Jeanne will be missed is a vast understatement. Love you Jeanne." -- Jeff Branson (ex-Ronan, Y&R)
"Rest in peace ?#JeanneCooper?. You were always so kind to me. You are now the brightest angel in heaven." -- Tammin Sursok (Colleen Carlton, Y&R)
"Can’t express how blessed I am to have worked with such a firecracker and icon. She willbe missed! @Jeannecooper1" -- Lindsay Bushman (ex-Summer Newman, Y&R)
"Jeanne Cooper, your inspiration and generosity of positive spirit will live on in our hearts always. Thank you, my friend, for all you are. Love and Light… R" -- Ronn Moss (ex-Ridge Forrester, B&B)
"My thoughts and prayers are with Jeanne Cooper and her family. The world lost wonderful lady and talent. Thank you for being an inspiration." -- Melissa Ordway (Abby Newman, Y&R)
"Just heard about Jeanne Cooper’s death. Never forget having lunch with her in ‘11. What a fab dame. And a helluva actress. Rest now, Jeanne. Have been reading all the Jeanne Cooper accolades. Wish I had know her better. What a deep loss for the Daytime community. #whatanoriginal" - Colleen Zenk (ex-Barbara Ryan, As The World Turns):
"Heaven just gained one feisty angel. RIP the beautiful Jeanne Cooper." - Melissa Claire Egan (Chelsea Lawson, Y&R)
"A legend may pass but their light never goes out. ?#RIPJeanne? My prayers are with her family." -- Steve Burton (Dylan McAvoy, Y&R)
"No Words..." -- Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers, Y&R)
"We' re sad to hear that the soap world has lost a true legend today. Our hearts go out to the family of Jeanne Cooper." -- One Life to Live
"The Soap world has lost a true legend. Our hearts are heavy. Jeanne Cooper, you will be missed!" -- All My Children