Jeanne Cooper

  1. Dina Merrill, BUtterfield 8, 1959.    The future day-soap queen was tested for Laurence Harvey’s long-suffering wife in the trash (her words) that incredulously won Elizabeth Taylor her first Oscar. (Actually, it was for not dying while making Cleopatra; her second Oscar was for acting – in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf, 1965). The mother of actor Corbin Bernsen, Cooper reigned as the  alcoholic Katherine Chancellor Murphy in 1,514 episodes of The Young and the Restless from  1976 to her death at 84 in 2013. Her 80s face-lift was written into an episode making use of film of the actual surgery! 

 Birth year: 1928Death year: 2013Other name: Casting Calls:  1