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Thom Bierdz pays tribute to the late Jeanne Cooper, his co-star on “The Young and the Restless”

As many of you know by now, daytime soap legend Jeanne Cooper died today at the age of 84.

She was an Emmy winner and for decades played the role of Katherine Chancellor on The Young and the Restless.

Thom Bierdz played her grandson, Phillip Chancellor III for some of those years – first in the 80s then again earlier this decade.

Bierdz, who is openly gay and was most recently seen in the web series Old Dogs & News Tricks, has posted a tribute to Cooper on his Facebook page:

My friend, the great Jeanne Cooper has finished her earth existence at this time. The last time I saw her was in 2011, when this photo was taken. I told her that night how great she was so many times that her sister told me to stop kissing her ass. But I thought it may be the last time I’d see her and wanted to let Jeanne know, as an intelligent man who could see a big picture, just how much she had accomplished, and how many people thought about her in such reverence.”

“Few people accomplish what she did, and as a driven man, I respect that most about Jeanne. But I also knew her personally, and we spent so many hours in her dressing room over the decades, just the two of us, talking about very personal stuff. She loved and touched so many people across the globe. I am just one. And eternally grateful to have shared this time, space, existence, dream, with her… Jeanne, may you see how bright you are/were…



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5 Remarks

  1. May 8th, 2013 at 4:30 pm
    Ingrid McGowan says:

    What a sincere and fitting tribute from one beautiful soul to another. Thanks, Thom, for sharing your thoughts and memories. We will miss her, but the two of you had a special bond.

  2. May 8th, 2013 at 6:41 pm
    Beryl Marshall says:

    I saw some of her old movies’. She was a glamorous woman and great actress,She will be greatly mossed. Have been watching off and on since 1977.

  3. Thank You Thom for sharing this. It mean’s So Much. My Heart goes out to You & her family & Everyone who Loved her. She will Never be Forgotten. Never. I never had the pleasure of meeting her in Life. but I Pray I’ll have that Honor once I am up there in Heaven with her, when it’s my turn. I Miss her Greatly. and I Love her Dearly. Thank You again for this Beautiful Tribute to one Grand Dame.

  4. May 9th, 2013 at 5:43 am
    Gary Warmee says:

    In her 1973 Y&R beginnings, Katherine Chancellor, once home-coming queen & the most beautiful woman in town, was the most charismatic character Y&R ever produced. Her original story of the triangle between Jill/Kay/Phillip was the most electric, spell binding time for the soap. I will recall Jeanne Cooper (Brenda Dixon & Donally Rhodes) with awe to my own dying day…

  5. May 13th, 2013 at 12:43 pm
    rosetta fuller says:

    She will be truly miss im sorry to here this may god be with family

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