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?