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It's 'touch-and-go' for ailing Y&R grande dame Jeanne Cooper, says Joshua Morrow
MAY 6, 2013
TORONTO - "The Young & the Restless" star Joshua Morrow says venerable actress Jeanne Cooper, who plays Katherine Chancellor on the hit daytime soap, is "hanging in there" after returning to hospital with an undisclosed illness.
But Morrow adds it's a "touch-and-go" situation for the 84-year-old Daytime Emmy Award winner, who's been playing the so-called grande dame of Genoa City since 1973.
"I don't feel it's my place to say what's wrong with her but she's definitely fighting," Morrow, who plays Nicholas Newman, said Monday during a stop in Toronto to meet with fans and promote a new "Y&R" contest.
"We're just crossing our fingers and praying. Somebody wrongfully put on Twitter that she had passed away but she definitely did not. She's fighting and she's a very tough woman, so cross your fingers."
Last Wednesday, Cooper's son, actor Corbin Bernsen, wrote on his Facebook page that his mother had been re-admitted to hospital after receiving home care for a serious condition.
Morrow said the news "has been very difficult to handle" for the cast and crew, noting she "means so much" to them and to the show.
"She's the duchess and she is a huge part our history, and it's not just her character," he said.
"She's like a grandmother to everyone but she's not like a cuddly grandma — she talks like a sailor and she's tough on you and she'll make fun of you."
"Y&R," which airs on CBS in the U.S. and Global in Canada, is into its 40th year.
To celebrate the milestone, Global's "Entertainment Tonight Canada" — in partnership with Moxie's — is holding a contest giving away a trip for two to the Monte Carlo Television Festival to meet cast members at the invitation-only anniversary party. "ET Canada" will also have interviews with cast members at the festival.
Morrow, 39, said "The Young & the Restless" owes a great debt to the Canadian viewers who support the show. He's been involved in some wild storylines since joining the series in 1994 as the second child of Victor Newman and Nikki Reed and the heir to the Newman fortune.
"I think the craziest thing that ever happened to me was Nick once accidentally slept with another woman he thought was his wife," said Morrow, who was born in Juneau, Alaska.
In 2006, his character was also in a plane crash and miraculously returned to Genoa City with just a case of amnesia.
Morrow admitted Nick's near-death was the result of contract negotiations.
"There was a time when I thought I wanted to leave and we kind of reached an impasse so they wrote themselves a way out," said the father of four.
"But ... at the end of the day I realized that this show means so much to me and it's afforded me and my family an amazing life and I will always be incredibly grateful and I will never leave it. I love this show more than anything."
Still, the climate onset is much different than when he first signed on and he and fellow cast member Eddie Cibrian (the pair were also in the boy band 3Deep in the '90s) would pull pranks to make each other flub their lines during scenes.
With network executives worried about the future of the soap genre following the cancellation of "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" — which now have a new life online — such antics aren't possible, said Morrow.
"Those times were way more fun," he admitted. "No disrespect to the new regime that's running things. Those were the high-flying days of soaps — our ratings were through the roof, we took our time with our product. If you wanted two, three, four, five takes of something, they gave it to you.
"Now, it's much more business-oriented. Everything is about the money. Creatively it's kind of had to take a back seat to the financial aspects of our show. I'm not kidding, we do 98 per cent of our scenes in one take, whether it's your best work or not, because we just have to move so fast."
- We're getting a medical assessment from that idiot?
- I love how in this article about an ailing Jeanne Cooper, they work in a bit about how Nick Morrow's on-screen character almost died. Soap morons really don't know their fact from fiction, do they?
- [quote]"But ... at the end of the day I realized that this show means so much to me and it's afforded me and my family an amazing life and I will always be incredibly grateful and I will never leave it. I love this show more than anything."
Translation: I was going to auditions but wasn't getting any decent roles.
- R1, Joshua Morrow may not be a doctor, but he's a member of the Y&R cast and is getting regular updates about Jeanne Cooper.
Daniel Goddard is probably the most-informed on the issue though since he's been to the hospital to visit her. He's been posting updates on Twitter.
- They should get Corbin's permission to film scenes in the hospital and it can be as if Katherine is ill. That would give fans closure and cast a chance to say goodbye. Also Jeanne devoted her whole career to the show - it's likely what she would want to have happen.
- Amazing photo from Jeanne's book "Not Young Still Restless."
- Joshua is lucky to have Y&R. He's a dreadful actor.
- Now's not the the time for that, please R7. Please respect Jeanne. She likes Joshua very much and in her time of transitioning I don't think it is appropriate to shade him in this forum on this topic.
- It's not surprising he and Steve Burton seem to have become friends. Both of them mediocre (at best) actors, they thought daytime was not big enough for them. Burton actually quit GH twice to try to make it in movies and primetime. That worked well.
- If Morrow didn't want shade, he should have kept his mouth shut. Getting publicity for himself by talking about Cooper opens him up for all the shade anyone wants to throw.
- R9 please I respectfully request we focus on Jeanne here and try to help each other through this. It was very kind of Joshua to open up like that and very humble and wise of Steve to refrain from opining (as a newbie). Let's aspire to their level of maturity in this particular discourse. Pretty please?
- Let's make a deal, R11. If you don't quote Morrow, I won't throw shade.
I got to know and love Cooper a number of years ago.
- Sounds good, R12 :) Would love to hear some of your anecdotes of your times with Jeanne if you'd like to share any!
- Will Doug Davidson's coronation take place immediately upon Jeanne Cooper's death, or will it occur six weeks from now?
- How is slating Morrow's acting any kind of shade? He's on the show for his looks. He's not an actor. He never has been. His passion is sports. So when I slate Morrow's acting, I don't wish to insult him personally. He's on the show for job security and that's understandable. But he and Burton and not actors, they are good looking guys who know how to generate the support of millions of female viewers, keeping them on the shows and giving them the majority of storylines over far more capable and dedicated actors.
He's not aspiring to be Roger Howarth or Tony Geary so he can take the flack.
- "Oh dear god! The lord's my shepherd I shall not want! He maketh me to lie down in great pastures!!! He restoreth my soul! Phillip please!"
- Amazing scene R16. Here's a great interview and I see how she drew on her own experience in that scene. Jeanne's own husband had affairs for years but she looked the other way because she didn't want the marriage to end.
- Flame away, but I thought Morrow's acting was very good during the Sharon/Nick/Phyllis triangle. You hated Nick, and yet a part of you understood his douchery.
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Discuss Young & The Restless
- Is r11 for read or is she being funny? I cannot tell.
- What the hell is wrong with Jeanne Cooper?
- Do you notice how generally quiet Doug Davidson is these days?
I'm sure he wanted to be the longest tenured actor on the show, but not like this.
- I still have a full tank over here. Jill... Call me, hon. I'm 40 minutes from the studio.
- [quote]What the hell is wrong with Jeanne Cooper?
She's older than dirt. She was in the production of "My American Cousin" when Lincoln was shot.
- R13, I don't really have any anecdotes. An ex-friend was setting up a charity event (for which he was to be the main beneficiary). He knew Jeanne, and he enlisted her help. She loves to do charity work, and she was quite enthusiastic about the project.
After a few dinners and lots of phone calls with Jeanne, I realized my friend was scamming and that he was also trying to work Jeanne to get him a job (he was unemployable at the time). I backed out.
I was completely impressed with Jeanne. She's warm and funny and genuine, very easy to be around. She's also tough and profane. I love old women who aren't passive doormats and she sure isn't. I was surprised how hard I took the news of her imminent death. She's a great old broad.
Not only is Jeanne a unique woman, so is her character. We're about to lose both of them.
- Well said R25.
- R19, what IS your fucking problem?
- Thanks for sharing that, R25. Hope your friend turned out okay!
- There are several women in daytime who are just like that. Jeanne, Robin Strasser, Jane Elliot, Liz Hubbard to name a few. They are just GOOD people.
- Jeanne Cooper was in the Glenn Ford western, "The Man From The Alamo" in 1953.
- Is Brock, her Christian international playboy son, going to come home?
- People who upstage deserve to die.
- her former Lovah...
- I agree, R30. Daytime gave those great women a niche, for which I'm grateful.
R25, last I heard, he's living off his mother. His ex defrauded investors and created major legal issues for the two of them, then he fled the country. My friend was under indictment, and that's why he was unemployable. The charges against him were dismissed, but he hasn't recovered emotionally and has coped by using lots of drugs.
- Joshua Morrow is a nice guy.
He treats people with kindness.
- Whatever you want to believe, R35.
- Joshua Morrow is hard to figure out. In some ways he seems kind of stupid and ignorant (and he's apparently a Republican).
But R35 is right that on a personal level he usually is very nice and considerate to fans and members of the public.
- R37, he plays as many nasty backstage games as anyone at Y&R. That's why I don't give him a pass.
- What are these nasty backstage games?
- That show is going to sink without Jeanne. I don't see Jess Walton content to become the next 'grande dame'. I mean look what they have done to Jill these past 10 years. She's been totally watered down.
- That's true, R40, but Y&R is still #1 in soap ratings and is better off than the others these days.
- The show used to be so riveting. Look at this incredibly staged scene between Jill and 'the help'. It's actually stunning how on fire Jess Walton used to be. Now she must sense how the writing is simply not there on the show. This is just sensational drama and damn FUNNY!
JOHN: Mamie, I'd like a word with Mrs Abbott alone.
MAMIE: You mean THE BITCH, don't you?
JOHN: Thank you Mame. That will be all.
- and of course, Kay turns up to the stir the pot and make sure Jill gets fucked over!
- r41, Y&R being the 'number 1 soap' means very little these days considering there are only 4 left. The more of them that get cancelled, the more the show will lose momentum. After all, competition breeds creativity.
- Wow John was a hot daddy!
- Man From The Alamo cast list, with Jeanne Cooper:
- Seeing that clip at R42 reminds me of that episode when John confessed his love for Mamie. It came out of freaking nowhere. That may have been the last time the show ever really surprised me.
- They got married I think R47.
It's so weird that Jack never mentions his son Keemo who was conceived while he was in Vietnam.
I used to be obsessed with the Patty/Jack Storyline. I thought Andrea Williams was so beautiful. Jack used to be such a calm, calculating, cold-hearted bastard, now he's a sappy lovesick idiot.
- Keemo was on the show for a while, but I think he was written out in 1996 around the time that Luan (sp?) died. Not long after that Keemo sent Victor a fax about Mari Jo, which led to her shooting him.
- I completely missed the era of Mari Jo Mason. How many times has Victor been shot now?
I thought it was pretty good when Victor had a complete personality change and became docile after having seizures. Jack got him to sign over Jabot or something big, Jack was pretending to be Victors friend and they did Origami or flower arranging something like that together :D
I also loved when Gloria was jealous of her then husband John Abbots Physical therapist Gita, so she and Kevin started gas-lighting her. She was also paying off Terrible Tom and John thought the money was going toward Michael and Laurens wedding
- That scene at R42 is great! Haven't scene it in years.
- [quote]How many times has Victor been shot now?
- Nothing like a using a castmate being on the verge of death to get publicity for yourself.
So glad Joshua is getting mileage out of Jeanne's tragedy. That's the old Y&R family spirit!
- But if he's there for a publicity event/contest and they ask him about her is that him really taking advantage?
- R55, he could have said, "We're all pulling for her," or something like that. Instead he gave an answer that implied he had more than second or third-hand information and also gave him a headline.
- How long you plan on lingering, Jeanne? I'm two months behind on my mortgage.
Miss Michael Learned
- I bet she'll recover and live 10 more years..
- I have a feeling JFP's going to bring on her buddy Marj Dusay to play Kay.
- r59=Kate Linder, knowing that she'll be fired if Kay is written out.
- hahahha at least I got my star onthe walk of fame!!
- Has anyone ever been on one of those LA to Vegas flights that Kate Linder works as a flight attendant?
- She's a flight attendant? Does she wear her Esther costume?
- She's been a flight attendant since before she was on the show.
- It's not a secret that Kate Linder works part-time as a flight attendant. She's been talking about it in the soap opera interviews for years.
- She was in a cute film called "Hysteria" with Hugh Dancy and Rupert Evert. She had one or two semi-close-ups at in a party scence.
- Looks like Joshua Morrow's information turned out to be correct. : (
- Fans, now that that pesky little situation has resolved itself, which word in my trademark line should I accent? Is it "DEAR god in heaven," "dear GOD in heaven," or "dear god in HEAVEN"? Many thanks!
THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
MISS MICHAEL LEARNED
Katherine Chancellor Murphy
PS, sorry Doug, but no one knows who you are outside the limited daytime world.
- [quote]PS, sorry Doug, but no one knows who you are outside the limited daytime world.
They should. His bulge is incredible.
- R70 if only we had the photis from when Paul was a "centerfold"
- Webmaster: Please delete this thread. Jeanne passed to glory on Wednesday, May 8.
- No more touch and go
She touched us, and now she GONE!
- GOD I miss Mamie!