Jeanne Cooper

Actor, Volunteer substance abuse counselor
This seasoned, husky-voiced character actress began her career in feature films under contract at Universal in the 1950s. The youngest child of part-Cherokee parents, Jeanne Cooper was born and raised in California ... Read more »
Born: 10/25/1928 in Taft, California, USA


Actor (38)

The Young and the Restless 1972 - 2015 (TV Show)


Donna on Demand 2014 (Movie)


The Tomorrow Man 2014 (Movie)


Carpool Guy 2004 (Movie)

Mrs. Lunsford (Actor)

The 25th Daytime Emmy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)


Diagnosis Murder 1986 - 1987, 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)


L.A. Law 1986 - 1987, 1989 - 1990, 1994 - 1997 (Tv Show)


The Nanny 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)


Frozen Assets 1992 (Movie)

Zach's Mother (Actor)

Guiding Light: The Primetime Special 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


Soap Opera Digest Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


Star-athon '92: A Weekend With the Stars 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


The 1992 Miss Teen USA Pageant 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


The 19th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)


The 17th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


Soap Opera Digest Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)


Kolchak: The Night Stalker 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)


Kansas City Bomber 1972 (Movie)

Coach (Actor)

The All-American Boy 1972 (Movie)


Bracken's World 1969 - 1971 (TV Show)


There Was a Crooked Man 1970 (Movie)


The Boston Strangler 1968 (Movie)

Cloe (Actor)

Tony Rome 1967 (Movie)

Lorna (Actor)

The Glory Guys 1964 (Movie)

Mrs McCabe (Actor)

13 West Street 1962 (Movie)

Mrs Quinn (Actor)

The Intruder 1962 (Movie)

Vi Griffin (Actor)

House of Women 1960 (Movie)

Helen Jennings (Actor)

Let No Man Write My Epitaph 1960 (Movie)

Fran (Actor)

Plunder Road 1957 (Movie)

Fran (Actor)

The Naked Street 1955 (Movie)

Evelyn Shriner (Actor)

The Man From the Alamo 1953 (Movie)

Kate Lamar (Actor)

Appointment For a Killing (TV Show)


Gentle Ben (TV Show)


Over-Exposed (Movie)

Renee (Actor)

Sweet Hostage (TV Show)


The Redhead from Wyoming (Movie)

Myra (Actor)

The San Pedro Bums (TV Show)



This seasoned, husky-voiced character actress began her career in feature films under contract at Universal in the 1950s. The youngest child of part-Cherokee parents, Jeanne Cooper was born and raised in California. After studies at the Pasadena Playhouse, she made her stage debut in local musical productions. Put under contract, she appeared in several B-movies and Westerns early in her career. On the small screen, Cooper made guest appearances on many of the top shows of the late '50s and early '60s such as "Playhouse 90" (CBS, 1956-1961) and "The Twilight Zone" (CBS, 1959-1964). In 1962, she earned her first Emmy nomination for her performance in an episode of the medical drama "Ben Casey" (ABC, 1961-66). After a turn as a regular on "Bracken's World" (NBC, 1969-1970), a series about the behind-the-scenes goings-on at a film studio, Cooper became beloved by many soap-opera addicts for her long-running role as the wealthy, tough-as-nails but generally goodhearted grand dame Katherine Chancellor on "The Young and the Restless" (CBS, 1973- ). She was the only actor who had been with the serial since its premiere, and, over the course of her long tenure, her character coped with such problems as breast cancer, alcoholism, and kidnapping. (She even got to play a lower-class lookalike.) Cooper created a stir in 1984 when she allowed cameras to film her real-life facelift, which was incorporated into her storyline. Cooper was the mother of actor Corbin Bernsen, and they worked together on several occasions. She twice appeared as his intimidating parent on "L.A. Law" (NBC, 1986-1994) in 1986 and 1990 (earning a Primetime Emmy nomination for the former). In 1992, Cooper was cast as Bernsen's mother in the comedy feature "Frozen Assets." For her work on "The Young and the Restless," she received back-to-back Daytime Emmy nominations as Outstanding Leading Actress in a Drama Series in 1989, 1990, 1991, and 1992, eventually winning a lifetime achievement award in 2004 and an Outstanding Lead Actress award in 2008. Featured on the soap well into her 80s, she died on May 8, 2013, after appearing as her cherished character for more than 1,000 episodes.


both were born on a Cherokee Indian reservation in Oklahoma worked in oil business when they settled in California

Harry Bernsen


Corbin Bernsen Actor

Born Sept. 7, 1954; father, Harry Bernsen Acted with mother on "L.A. Law" and "Frozen Assets" (1992)

Caren Bernsen

born on August 17, 1960

Collin Bernsen

born on March 30, 1958

Corbin Bernsen

born on September 7, 1954 best known for his role on the NBC primetime drama, "L.A. Law" married to actress Amanda Pays

Albert Cooper

born on July 21, 1922

Sildith Cooper

born on September 11, 1924


Pasadena Playhouse

Pasadena, California

College of the Pacific

Stockton, California

Bakersfield High School

Bakersfield, California



Won an Outstanding Leading Actress Daytime Emmy Award for her role on "The Young and the Restless"


Won a Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award


Awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in August


Played the mother of Corbin Bernsen's character in the feature comedy "Frozen Assets"


Made first of two appearances on "L.A. Law" as the mother of Arnold Becker, played by son Corbin Bernsen; earned primetime Emmy nomination as Outstanding Guest Actress


Played Katherine Chancellor on the daytime drama "The Young and the Restless" for decades


Was a regular on "Bracken's World" (NBC)


Received first Emmy Award nomination for her guest appearance on an episode of "Ben Casey"


Made her film debut in "The Redhead from Wyoming", starring Maureen O'Hara

Signed to a film contract by Universal

Began career performing at the Civic Light Opera and at the Revue Theatre in Stockton, California