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Friday, May 17, 2013

A Tribute to Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor from The Young and the Restless)

At the tender age of four I was enamored with The Young and the Restless.  It was the late 70's and shows such as Dallas and Dynasty were on the cutting edge of dramas.  I couldn't understand then how inviting and absorbed in the world of soaps I would become until finally at age 39, I knew I was hooked and everything in between.

Katherine Chancellor (Jeanne Cooper) was a Matriarchal staple to this marvelous show.  With parades of gowns and elegance, she really fit the bill for a luxurious character with everything in between.  She wasn't just a rich woman wielding her power all over the place.  She exuded class and sometimes walked with an air of contempt for the common class, but to me she was always right on target with her stage presence and the quintessential "Lady of the Manor" .  I loved her debonair style and breed of class, even if she did torture Jill and Nina, and a few other characters in between.  She made The Young and the Restless what is was and what it has become, which is a class of soap all unto itself.

People often would heckle me about watching the show, but they must have done something right.  It's been on for 40 years, and covers many of the latest topics in current events (besides whom is sleeping with whom).  You can't top that!  And I can see the star will burn brighter than ever before, maybe for another 40 years or so......

So on that note, it's time to say goodbye to a beloved woman, friend, frenemy (some would love to hate her, or would love to be her), and soap icon named Jeanne Cooper.  Her persona burns bright, even as the show plays on.  Katherine Chancellor has made the show what it is today, and no one can carry a candle to her.  Cast members Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) and Jerry Douglas (John Abbott) storylines were often in sync with the Chancellor family fortunes, now Cane Ashby Daniel Goddard) is left to lead the way.  Let's hope her legacy can survive, these predators on The Young and the Restless- It really won't be the same.

May she rest in peace and may her legacy of elegance live on in every heart around the world!!
Goodbye Mrs. C, as her Maid, Esther,  used to say.  You are gone, but not forgotten......