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Corbin Bernsen Reflects On The Passing Of Jeanne Cooper One Year Later!

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Today was a hard day for many of us in the soap industry who came to know and love the beloved Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor) of The Young and the Restless.   A year ago on this date, Jeanne passed away at the age of 84 leaving behind millions of fans and legions of friends.

Jeanne’s son, Corbin Bernsen reflected on his mother’s passing a year later with TV Guide Magazine’s Michael Logan, where it was also revealed that Corbin will return to Y&R and continue carrying on the torch when Father Todd returns for a not-so-happy occasion.   Here are a few excerpts from Corbin on how he has coped with the loss of his incredible mother!

Corbin on the feelings the anniversary of Jeanne’s death brings up:  “I can’t lie. It’s really tough. This year has been very challenging, enlightening and exhausting — especially hard in these last few days leading up to the anniversary. My mom was the center of my support system, that place I always went to talk things through, whether I was feeling joy or fear. She was always there with a huge, open heart and the best advice. (Laughs) She could quickly cut through all of your bulls–t! She knew the difference between real concerns and imagined ones, and she had this wonderful healing presence. Her touch literally made me feel better. And, God, how I could use some of that right now! Twelve months later, I’m still grieving for her.”

Corbin on going back to do a stint on Y&R and how it helps keep him connected to Jeanne’s work life:  “I got a wonderful note from (Y&R associate producer) Josh O’Connell telling me that the special tribute episode that the show did for my mom has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy, and that just feels so incredible! So does going back once again to play Father Todd. This time I’m doing four episodes, working with Doug Davidson (Paul) and Lauralee Bell (Christine), which my mom would have loved. She adored them. I really like keeping this link to the show, because it’s also a link to my mom’s fans.”

Share your thoughts below missing Mrs. C and the Jeanne Cooper one year following her death, and what did you think happens that brings Father Todd back to Genoa City?

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Ricardo
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Ricardo

Wow time flies, I miss Jeanne Cooper so much.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Hard to believe its been a year already…im not a regular watcher(only occasionally) but i can tell the show hasnt been the same without Jeane Cooper! Meanwhile, i always thought the actor playing Stitch resembles Corbin Bersen who i think shouldve played his father!!!

andrew hass
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andrew hass

I feel for Corbin Bernsen because the first year after a loved one dies might always be the hardest.Plus the fact that Mother’s Day is this Sunday might make it even tougher.Plus him going back to Y&R might be helpful because he’ll be around people who knew and cared about his mother too.

Charday
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Charday

We all miss her.

Barbara
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Barbara

I miss Jeanne Cooper. She was the heart of the show.

Karen
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Karen

I have been watching Y&R since its inception in 1973. I loved watch Ms. Cooper portray Katherine Chancellor every day for 40 years. It was one of many things that my mom and I did together. When I got home from work, she would call me to tell me what had happened on Y&R and then on the weekends I would go over to her house and me, mom and dad would watch the tapes together. Yes! Dad was a devoted fan of Y&R as well! It was heartbreaking when Kiro7 Seattle broke into regular programming to announce that Ms.… Read more »

Mary SF
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Mary SF

The one thing network exec’s and ratings grabbing writers forget is the heart and soul of the daytime drama is connection. The connection we make with those on the screen and those in our lives we share those stories with. Thank you for sharing your story of connection. God bless you.

Iakovos
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Iakovos

Oh, we miss Jeanne Cooper and Katherine Chancellor. And the style and drama and emotion the women — one real, one fictional — brought to the drama. The show is not the same these days for many reasons but this is one that unfortunately cannot be reversed. I lost my mom six years ago and it is always difficult. But how lucky for the Bernsens that they have so much of their mother’s work to enjoy and to celebrate when they miss her. And how lucky are we that they were generous to share their mom with many fans who… Read more »

Omar
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Omar

I SO agree with your post Iakovos and sorry about your mom.

Jeanne Cooper and her portrayal of Katherine was mesmerizing.

JUDY
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JUDY

JEANNE COOPER WAS THE HEART OF THE SHOW…..IT HAS NOT BEEN THE SAME SINCE SHE LEFT AND NEVER WILL BE…. ALL OF HER FANS MISS HER .. LOVE TO HER FAMILY….

Don H
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Don H

Corbin.

You don’t have to be on Y&R to maintain a connection with the fans. You and your MOM will always have a place in our hearts and minds.

Carlos
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Carlos

Each time when the episode airs with scenes from Mrs. C’s estate, the name her loving friend BFF, Ester V gave her, I always think that she’s still alive and in the series, just somewhere on the estate grounds, or at the office, I find myself missing her all over again. having had to meet and greet the living legend, Ms. Cooper, she was a beautiful, spiritual,majestic, the most gracious actress who truly loved her fans, and was genuine, the real deal. The show withstanding will never be the same, without her, but her presence in the story line will… Read more »

Sandy Dimitrov
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Sandy Dimitrov

You said it beautifully…a candle in her honor…that’s perfect!

Sandy Dimitrov
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Sandy Dimitrov

She was the true QUEEN of daytime. She was so kind…sassy at times, but always there for her family, friends, and fans. I will never forget her…never!

carinamia
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carinamia

Catherine Chancellor has been a household name for 3 generations in my home! She was so beautiful back in the day in all that hollywood glam era. *RIP Jeanne copper*

carinamia
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carinamia

Opps *Katherine!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Mr. Corbin Bernsen…your reflecting and all (one year later) on your mom’s death is so beautifully heartfelt. My mom passed away from cancer over 10 years ago (on November 6th, 2003). Corbin…I miss my mom more and more each day. Yet…the more that I remember my mom (humor and all), the less sad that I am each day. And talking about my mom (a lot) keeps me more and more saner. Corbin…dude…you will ALWAYS be an A+ CLASS ACT in my book!!!!! Most of all, I feel like our moms are keeping an eye on us from up above…24/7 and… Read more »

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‘Port Charles’ Star Jay Pickett Dead at 60

UPDATED:  Just heartbreaking news over the weekend.  Former Port Charles star and soap veteran, Jay Pickett died suddenly while filming a movie.  His cause of death was not immediately known, although in a post on Sunday from Travis Mills it appears to have been from a heart attack. Pickett was 60-years-old.

In addition to his most remembered role on daytime as Frank Scanlon on the GH spinoff, Port Charles, where he appeared in over 762 episodes, Pickett also appeared on GH replacing Ted King as Lorenzo Alcazar and came back to the show in 2006-07 in the recurring role of Detective David Harper.  Jay also spent time on Days of our Lives as Dr. Chip Lakin and appeared on primetime’s Desperate Housewives and Queen Sugar countless other TV series and films.

Word of Pickett’s death first came via Facebook from Jim Heffel who is the film’s co-producer, who shared along with these images (see below): “Yesterday I lost a good friend and the world lost a great person. Jay Pickett decided to ride off into the Heavens. Jay died sitting on a horse ready to rope a steer in the movie Treasure Valley in Idaho. The way of a true cowboy. Jay wrote the story and starred in it. He was also coproducer with myself and Vernon Walker. He will be truly missed. Ride like the wind partner.”

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Michael Dietz, who played Pickett’s on-screen brother, Joe Scanlon on Port Charles shared his grief on the news on Facebook, expressing: “My greatest friend has sadly left this world. We met when we were cast as brothers on Port Charles many, many years ago. He played my big brother on TV but that carried over into real life and an amazing friendship that was one of a kind. He was an incredible husband, father, friend, and godfather to my daughter. Everyone that knew him loved him. I love you, Jay. Keep smiling my friend. All my love to his family, who truly became our family as well. You will be forever missed.”

Kin Shriner (Scott, GH) and Jay’s former co-star at Port Charles shared: “The sudden passing of my pal Jay Pickett Is very sad . He loved acting and Westerns , and when we got together we laughed a lot . R.I.P. Jay”

Kelly Monaco (Ex-Livvie, PC and now Sam, GH) shared on her Instagram:  “My heart goes out to the family and friends of Jay Pickett. If you knew him, you loved him. Words can’t describe…”

Travis Mills from the film Treasure Valley, in which Pickett was filming at the time of his death, shared on Sunday morning this updated message on Facebook: “Many of you have already heard about the tragedy that happened two days ago. Jay Pickett, our leading man, writer, producer, and creator of this movie passed away suddenly while we were on location preparing to film a scene. There is no official explanation for the cause of his death but it appears to have been a heart attack. Everyone present tried as hard as they could to keep him alive. Our hearts are broken and we grieve for his family who are so devastated by this shocking tragedy.  As so many of us know, Jay was an incredible man. He was kind, sweet, and generous. He was one of the best actors I ever worked with and it was an honor to collaborate with him. Everyone who met him, even for the briefest moment, could feel his warmth, his wonderful spirit. It is difficult to find the words right now to say more. His closest friends have said that he was very happy making Treasure Valley and my hope is that he truly was. He was doing what he loved: acting, riding horses, making movies. And he was magnificent.”

Jay is survived by his wife, Elena, and their three children, Maegan, Michaela and Tyler.

We will have more on this continuing story as remembrances for Pickett are shared, and updated on news of his passing.

Share your condolences and thoughts on Jay via the comment section below.

 

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Soap Alums: Helgenberger, Bonilla, and Ilonzeh Cast in New Drama Pilot ‘Getaway’

Three very familiar faces to daytime fans have their new potentially new nighttime gig!  E.J. Bonilla (Ex-Rafe, Guiding Light) has been added as as series regulars opposite Annie Ilonzeh (Ex-Maya, GH) along with former Ryan’s Hope favorite Marg Helgenberger (Ex-Siohan) to the NBC drama pilot, Getaway.

In Getaway, the loglines for the series read that the proposed seriescenters on a destination wedding at an isolated luxury resort that quickly descends into chaos after a group of dangerous criminals takes the island hostage. The small group of guests, led by a fearless female Army vet (Ilonzeh), will do everything they can to stay alive.

According to Deadline: Helgenberger will play Sen. Charlotte Pierce. As a senior Democratic senator from New York, Charlotte is used to calling the shots. She’s happy to see her son, Jack (played by Matt Long), settle down with his bride, Grace (Jasmine Mathew), but there are darker forces at play she has yet to fully understand. Charlotte will soon have to choose between her family and the political career for which she’s worked so hard.  Bonilla will play Rafi Salinas. Rafi claims to be a fisherman on the run with his friends from a gang of cartel members, but he’s hiding a dark secret that will put everyone at the resort in danger.

So, what do you think of the concept for this new drama pilot for NBC and the cast? Comment below.

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Chrishell Stause and Her ‘Selling Sunset’ Boss Jason Oppenheim Make Relationship Instagram Official

There’s a new man in soap veteran and Selling Sunset star, Chrishell Stause’s life.  And it is … none other than her boss at the Oppenheim Group, a real estate company, in Los Angeles which is at the epicenter of the Netflix reality series.

Stause who is also a real estate agent at the firm, made her relationship with Jason Oppenheim Instagram official when she posted a pic of the two of them while the cast of Selling Sunset were in Italy.

Oppenheim told PEOPLE: “Chrishell and I became close friends and it has developed into an amazing relationship. I care about her deeply and we are very happy together.”

Previously Stause was married to This is Us star, Justin Hartley and following their divorce, was briefly dating Dancing with the Stars pro dancer, Keo Motsepe.

So, what do you think of the love connection between Chrishell and Jason? Comment below.

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