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Soap opera icon Jeanne Cooper back in hospital

'The Young and the Restless' matriarch 'at the precipice' but still fighting

By TVDeeva Deanna Barnert May 1, 2013 2:50PM



"The Young and the Restless" star Jeanne Cooper (Katherine) seemed to be on the mend after a hospital scare last month. Unfortunately, the powerhouse returned to the hospital Wednesday, May 1, just days after her release. 

There was an outpouring of support when news spread that Jeanne Cooper was in ICU April 12 in Los Angeles. Fans followed updates from her son Corbin Bernsen ("Psych") via social media and cheers abounded when he reported her April 28 release. At the time, Bernsen revealed there was still a struggle ahead, but also shared uplifting snapshots and a note to fans from the 84-year-old grande dame, herself. 

Cooper's health - or Bernsen's perception of it - seemed to take a turn on Tuesday, April 30.

"This isn't going to be quite as easy as I thought," Bernsen posted. "Sometimes bringing the mind back is more difficult than the body. While mom has done tremendously with her physical recovery, the whole ordeal has taken a toll on her, and understandably. I know time will heal this too, but very difficult trying to keep spirits up and mental outlook positive. I can only imagine at her age, with her mind - I mean we are talking about the woman also known as Katherine Chancellor! - that battle that must be raging inside - hope and fear trading punches."

On Wednesday, Cooper was readmitted to the hospital. Bernsen assured fans this was not "the end" for his mother, but rather a "tricky place at the precipice." 

"Not sure what to pray for at this point or what we even want for her," he shared. "I know in my heart there is more for her to do in this world, but I also know there is a season for all things. I want more than anything comfort for her. I want her to have peace... She's a fighter and I know she'll continue that. But when you're boxer is in the corner, bruised and bloodied from battle and demands to keep going, what do you do?"

In a strange twist, Cooper's character has been fighting for her life on "The Young and the Restless." The day Cooper returned to the hospital saw Katherine recovering from brain surgery and getting her affairs in order for the length of her recovery.

Cooper has played Katherine since 1973, earning a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmys in 2004 and a Daytime Emmy for lead actress in 2008, as well as ten nominations over the years. Her best selling memoirs, "Not Young, Still Restless," was just released in paperback. 

Bernsen is again asking for prayers for his mother. MSN TV adds our best wishes to those already circulating.

"The Young and the Restless" airs weekdays on CBS. 
May 4, 2013 9:31PM
I am praying for Mrs. C and her family. We have shared ours life together for forty years. The show will not be the same without her. She has been an Inspiration to me  Love You Mrs. C (Jeanne Cooper).     GOD BLESS YOU
May 4, 2013 3:29PM
I love Jeannie Cooper, watched her for years, such a wonderful actress.  Get well and GOD BLESS YOU!
May 4, 2013 8:26AM

Prayers for your mom and your whole family.



May 4, 2013 7:31AM
I am praying for you Mrs "C", get well soon, the show will not be the same without you
May 3, 2013 9:11PM
Praying for you Ms Cooper. Hope my that you rest in GOD's care.
Y&R fan

May 3, 2013 6:37PM


I have watched you over the years and you were an inspiration to me. The way you played a true Lady with so much class. You had the guts and the nerve to have your face lift done on live television. You  epitome of a gutsy Lady. May God bless you and Angels have charge over you as you heal. You are in our prayers and in our hearts.


A Fan Always







May 3, 2013 2:40PM
At first I thought it said "at the prepuce", thought she was gobbling on a c**k.
May 3, 2013 1:27PM
Prayers and best wishes' for you. Praying that you pull through this visit to the hospital and back to being you on "The Young and Restless".
May 3, 2013 11:03AM
Jeannie Cooper is a doll.  Back in 1991 I went to see "The Price is Right" which is filmed at the same studio.   Audience members wait outside on benches in front of the studio before they are processed to go inside.   One by one, or one by two the cast of The Young and Restless pull into the parking lot and walk up to the side entrance to the studio, only about 25 feet or so from the waiting Price is Right audience hopefuls.   So here comes Jeannie Cooper, her hair up in curlers wrapped with a scarf, dark sunglasses, no make up and carrying her purse.  Well, people started shouting "Catherine" and Jeannie Cooper and were very enthusiastic.  Well, Jeannie, being the true lady that she is, walked up the the railing, put her purse down, and blew a big kiss to all of us sitting there.  It was early and there were only about 50 of us there at that moment which grew to 300 or so later.   She was so gracious and so kind, I'll never forget that day.  It made the day and my life in California fun and memorable.  Victor and Nikki also walked in together and waved, but they were all glamoured up and ready for what must have been an ealy shoot for them.   I wish Jeannie Cooper the best and if things go as I think they will, she'll do her show right up until she goes onto that big Soap Opera in the sky.   Thanks Jeannie Cooper for adding a very bright spot to my otherwise dull life !!!!  Much love to you.
May 3, 2013 10:54AM

May the Lord continue to keep you in His loving arms,Ms. Cooper!!! You and your alter ego "Ms. Katherine Chancellor" are strong willed fighting women and with  the size of a mustard seed, we will be praying for you and keep that smile going.

May 3, 2013 10:05AM

I've watched the Y&R since a Teen in the 70's! I had the honor to speak to Jeanne before she fell ill a little over a month ago on an Urban Radio station TAngelo! She is Awesome! Love and Prayers go out to Jeanne Her Family and Y&R Family! XOXOXOX


May 3, 2013 6:37AM
You are a strong, strong women.  My heart goes out to you as I keep you in pray.  Love you "Lady Chancellor".  Ggirl.
May 3, 2013 4:34AM
How do we keep up with her daily recovery
May 3, 2013 12:45AM
My prays goes out to Mrs. Cooper I know her as Miss Chancellor wish her well.
May 2, 2013 11:12PM
Hang in there Grand Dame. You are one amazing person and prayers for comfort coming to you~
May 2, 2013 10:31PM
May 2, 2013 9:40PM
Love you Mrs. C!  Big hugs and kisses being sent your way. 
May 2, 2013 9:26PM
God Bless her and her family. It is very difficult to watch someone you love making the transition from one world to another.  Life is truly a journey. We pray her journey will be peace filled and full of comfort and joy.  

May 2, 2013 8:39PM

God love her. She's been my friend "TV" every day just like Joshua Tree wrote. I was very sick in the hospital as a teenager when Y&R first came on the air. Every day I watched. When I couldn't, my sweet Grandmother would watch and write in shorthand what had happened that day to tell me later that evening. Ha!! Katherine was her all time favorite and then naturally mine as well. Jill (Jess Walton) is wonderful as her daughter! God Bless all of them. The cast, the Cooper family and dearest Jeanne.

We're all right here just waiting for good news.

May 2, 2013 8:18PM
She will pull through, she's a strong lady.  We are praying for her all of her fans.
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