Young and the Restless is planning a tribute show for Jeanne Cooper who died May 8 at the age of 84 after battling an undisclosed illness.
Cooper spent nearly 40 years portraying the character of Katherine Chancellor on the CBS soap opera. It was a role that earned her 10 Daytime Emmy nominations and two wins over the course of her career. Angelica McDaniel, senior vice president of Daytime CBS, said that the planned tribute would reflect on Cooper's contributions to the show. McDaniel called the late actress a legend who deserved the recognition that is set to air May 28 on CBS.
"The cast will honor their longtime friend, family member and coworker in the greatest way possible, as we celebrate her life and vibrant spirit and share it with the audience who loved her as much as we did," McDaniel said.
The cast and crew of Y&R will share their memories about Cooper. They have already released statements about the fallen icon and turned her dressing room into a makeshift shrine. The special will also show clips of Cooper over the years as the Grande Dame of Genoa City. Her final scenes aired May 3. She was hospitalized on April 12 and never returned to the set to resume filming. Her son Corbin Bernsen utilized social media to keep the fans updated on her condition which progressively declined.
Bernsen posted a message to Facebook on May 9 to let the fans of his mother know how he was holding up since her death. He said the weight of his loss had set in and that he already missed his mother terribly. However, he was comforted by all the reminders around him.
"I know she lives on through us, her family, her body of work, and the love she showered over everyone she came in contact with," he wrote.
Bernsen said that he would continue to live his life the way that his mother raised him. He vowed to live each day to the fullest and that the past few weeks leading up to her death would be replaced by the joy he felt having known her. He said he would do his represent what she stood for.
"She took that hurt on her shoulders, and made it a burden, and then showed us - at least me - how to heal it," he wrote.