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Emmy-award winning actress Jeanne Cooper celebrated a record 36 years on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS in January, 2010. As the longest-running cast member on the show, Cooper has garnered 11 Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, and one Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. She received the Daytime Emmy Award in 2008 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama and was nominated again in 2009. In 1989, she received a Soap Opera Digest Award and the Soap Opera Digest Editor's Award for her portrayal of Genoa City grande dame Katherine Chancellor.
In May, 2004, Cooper was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daytime Emmy Awards. She earned her first Emmy nomination in 1961 for an episode of "Ben Casey" and received a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1993. Her recurring role on "L.A. Law," playing the mother to her real-life son, Corbin Bernsen, earned her another Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series in 1987. Bernsen subsequently joined his mother on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, making several guest appearances as the priest Father Todd. Cooper won the First American in the Arts Award twice as a Lead Actress. Her latest award was the coveted AMEE Award in 2009 from the AFTRA Foundation.
In 1984, footage of Cooper's real-life facelift was televised on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS as her character underwent the surgery at the same time. It was the first time an "extreme makeover" had been broadcast in daytime television.
An accomplished film and television actress, Cooper was born in Taft, Calif. She attended the College of the Pacific and performed in the Civic Light Opera Company and Revue Theatre in Stockton before graduation from the famed Pasadena Playhouse School. Cooper was installed in the Hall of Fame in Taft in June, 2009.
Her professional career began with the film "The Redhead from Wyoming" with Maureen O'Hara in 1953, followed by "The Man From Alamo" with Glenn Ford, "There Was a Crooked Man," "The Boston Strangler" with Tony Curtis, Henry Fonda and George Kennedy, "Tony Rome" with Frank Sinatra, "The All-American Boy" with Jon Voight, "The Glory Guys," "Kansas City Bomber" and "Let No Man Write My Epitaph" with Shelley Winters.
She became a recognizable name starring in early television shows such as "Playhouse 90," "The Twilight Zone," "Perry Mason," "The Untouchables," "Maverick" and "Bracken's World," as well as many others.
Her most notable stage credits include starring roles in "On the Town," "The Miracle Worker," "Plain and Fancy," and the touring production of "Plaza Suite." She also starred in "Love Letters" at the Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills.
Cooper starred in the film "Tomorrow Man" and the telefilms "Gentle Ben" and "Gentle Ben 2: Danger on the Mountain." She had a starring role in the independent feature "Carpool Guy," directed by and starring Bernsen, and just worked on two films, "Three Day Test" and "Over the Hedge," also produced by Bernsen's film company, Public Filmworks.
Additionally, she is also the spokesperson for "No2Debt.com," a company that helps people reclaim their lives by getting out from under the burden of debt. She is also the spokesperson for the newly completed Spring Board Center in Midland, Texas, a facility for drug and alcohol addiction.
Cooper is the mother of three children; Caren, Collin and Corbin; and grandmother to eight.