The world of daytime was rocked by the passing of THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS' Jeanne Cooper (Katherine). "It is with immeasurable sadness and our deepest condolences to her family that THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS mourns the loss of our beloved Jeanne Cooper," said the soap's executive producer, Jill Farren Phelps.
"Jeanne Cooper was a legend in daytime and a beloved member of our Y&R family," said Steve Mosko, president of Sony Pictures Television. "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."
"Jeanne Cooper A genuine person, gifted performer, good friend to all," said Bradley Bell, executive producer and headwriter of THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL. "Never before and never again. A true artist and legend. She will be missed. My thoughts and my love are with her family."
"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," said Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment. "She was the longest-running cast member on daytime's #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."
"Jeanne Cooper: Respected colleague, industry icon, woman of passion and grandeur; most important, beloved friend," wrote Y&R co-creator Lee Phillip Bell. "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."
"A beacon of light guiding us all toward humanity, humility, and equality has been extinguished," said Corbin Bernsen (ex-Father Todd), speaking for her entire family. "But a shimmer of it will always remain as reminder from her to us all of a kinder world that is here for us each to embrace, feed and make flourish. In a way her truest work has just begun: For us to honor her vision and make that her legacy. One of the last great Broads in our business Jeanne Cooper (84 years old) Mom is now stirring up trouble in the great beyond."