Thom Bierdz on Jeanne Cooper: “I may never be that close to such a famous and globally-cherished person again”
Next week on The Young and the Restless, residents of Genoa City will deal with the death of Katherine Chancellor who was portrayed, of course, by the late, great Jeanne Cooper.
Cooper’s death had a huge impact on out actor Thom Bierdz who played her grandson Phillip Chancellor III in the 80s then again in more recent years.
“After she died, I realized I may never be that close to such a famous and globally-cherished person again,” Bierdz tells Soap Opera Digest. “A few years back, she told me she could not love me more if I were her own son. I looked confused because I was trying to figure out the wording and she repeated it slowly. We go back to 1986 and shared many hours in her dressing room talking about personal stuff. She knew I was gay back then and totally supported me and my boyfriends. Of course, Jeanne supported and loved every kind of person. She loved being Mrs. Chancellor and she loved working. I will miss looking into her sparkling blue eyes, knowing she understood my innermost joys and fears better than most. I think Jeanne felt a duty to nurture and provide. That was one of the things she had in common with Mrs. Chancellor. They both opened their arms and heart to everyone who entered their doors, and once we came in, we never wanted to leave.”