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Jeanne Cooper tribute on CBS: 'A magnificent woman' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

In anticipation of CBS’ May 28 tribute to Jeanne Cooper, the longtime star of The Young and the Restless who died at 84, EW obtained this exclusive photo of Jess Walton (Jill Foster Abbott), seen above with costar Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers Newman), from the special. We also talked to Walton about shooting it and what she remembers about her beloved costar.

“We tell the audience what we are about to do in the special and then five different groups talk about her. What was really funny was how much we all had in common. Kristoff St. John was a little pissed off because he thought he had a special relationship with her and it turns out everybody had a special relationship with her. She had the power to make everyone feel so special. READ FULL STORY

'Young & the Restless' to pay tribute to Jeanne Cooper

CBS will air an unprecedented daytime tribute to Jeanne Cooper, the longtime star of The Young and the Restless who died on Wednesday.

On May 28, CBS will air a pre-taped episode featuring cast members, families and friends, who are expected to share their favorite memories of working with Cooper. Clips from Cooper’s recent interviews about the series’ 40th anniversary — not to mention classic scenes from her 39 years of working on Y&R — will also be included.

The special will air from 12:30-1:30 p.m. ET/11 a.m. to 12 p.m. PT.

“Jeanne Cooper was a legend and we want to give her the tribute she deserves,” said Angelica McDaniel, CBS’ head of daytime, in a statement. “The cast will honor their longtime friend, family member and co-worker in the greatest way possible, as we celebrate her life and vibrant spirit and share it with the audience loved her as much as we did.”

The cast and family members will gather on the Y&R set next week to shoot the episode.

Cooper joined the soap as matriarch Katherine Chancellor in 1973, its first year on the air.

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Jeanne Cooper: My favorite ‘Young and the Restless’ episodes

Longtime 'Young & the Restless' star Jeanne Cooper dies at 84

Jeanne Cooper, who played matriarch Katherine Chancellor on CBS’ hit soap The Young and the Restless, has died. She was 84.

Cooper, who has starred in the daytime series since its first year in 1973, had been in and out of a Los Angeles hospital recently due to an undisclosed illness. Her actor/son Corbin Bernsen had been informing fans of her condition via Facebook, where he confirmed her death today. “My mother passed away this morning just a short time ago, peaceful with my sister by her side, in her sleep. I was going to visit this afternoon, thought I had time. Reminder to self – time is a precious thing. I too am at peace however. I said my goodbyes several times over during the last few weeks.

“I’ll go one last time now for a gentle kiss a final farewell for this lifetime,” he continued. “She has been a blaze her entire life, that beacon, that boxer I spoke of earlier. She went the full twelve rounds and by unanimous decision… won! And while her light finally gave into the wind that gives flight to all our journeys, there will always be a glimmer left behind by what she stood for. I will speak about that more in coming days, months I suppose. I will certainly dedicate what remains of my life to continue her purpose of honesty, equality, humility, empathy and love.”

No cause of death was revealed.

It’s unclear for now how the CBS soap will address Cooper’s passing. The series is currently six weeks ahead of schedule and her storyline recently involved her character successfully undergoing surgery for a brain tumor.

“Jeanne Cooper will be remembered as a daytime television legend and as a friend who will truly be missed by all of us here at the Network,” said Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment, in a statement. “She was the longest-running cast member on daytime’s No. 1 show, bringing indelible charm, class and talent to every episode. On behalf of everyone at CBS, we send our condolences to Jeanne’s family, as well as the legions of fans she has amassed during her record 39 years on The Young and The Restless, and throughout her career.”

President Steve Mosko of Sony Pictures TV, which produces the soap for CBS, also released this statement: “Jeanne Cooper was a legend in daytime and a beloved member of our Y&R family. She touched the lives of millions, who watched her every day over the past 40 years. We send our sincerest condolences to her family as we also celebrate her wonderful life.”

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'Y&R' vet Jeanne Cooper returns to hospital

Actress Jeanne Cooper — star of The Young and the Restless, which earned 23 nominations this morning from the Daytime Emmys — has returned to the hospital due to an undisclosed illness. Cooper, 84, was recently discharged after spending several weeks in treatment, but her son Corbin Bernsen posted on Facebook that a return was necessary.

“Not sure what to pray for at this point or what we even want for her,” Bernsen wrote. “I know in my heart there is more for her to do in this world, but I also know there is a season for all things. I want more than anything comfort for her. I want her to have peace. This is that tricky place where you start to weight all things, not what we need to do, actions to take, but instead open ourselves for enlightenment as to what God has planned for her and ultimately what is best for her. She is a fighter and I know she’ll continue that. But when you’re a boxer in the corner, bruised and bloodies from battle and demands to keep going, what do you do? I’m saying my prayers this morning, asking for guidance.”

Cooper’s absence has not affected the soap. In fact, her character, Katherine Chancellor appeared in today’s episode.

Cooper has been on the CBS soap since 1973.

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Kristian Alfonso: My favorite 'Days of Our Lives' episodes -- EXCLUSIVE

In honor of her 30th anniversary this month on Days of Our Lives, EW asked Kristian Alfonso– aka Hope, aka Gina– to single out her favorite moments on the NBC soap over the last three decades. “To be here 30 years later and still be having a blast, to be enjoying what I’m doing… I’m obviously feeling very fulfilled,” she tells EW. “I really love my job.” READ FULL STORY

'All My Children': See the soap's first Online Network teaser -- VIDEO

Hey, the gang looks pretty good in the “new” Pine Valley! The Online Network just released the first official teaser for the new season of All My Children, which premieres April 29.

Here’s how it’s setting up the new round of 30-minute episodes: “After a gunshot was fired five years ago, how has life in Pine Valley changed? Who will find love? Who will seek revenge? The characters you have come to love, the characters you will meet for the first time… Find out when all new daily episodes begin, Monday, April 29th.”

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'Young and the Restless' star hospitalized

Veteran soap star Jeanne Cooper has been hospitalized and was listed in critical condition over the weekend in Los Angeles.

Details have been scarce regarding Cooper, who has played Katherine Chancellor on The Young and the Restless since 1973. The actress’ actor-son Corbin Bernsen, however, has turned to Twitter and Facebook to give updates on his 84-year-old mother.

“I’ve been asked by many of the usual outlets to give interviews about whats going on and have kindly declined,” he wrote on his Facebook page Monday. “I respect who they are and what they do and their honest interest, but I also feel this isn’t a ‘news’ story, not yet. And by not yet I hope to share a story of the miraculous abilities of our mind and bodies and how people like all of you can come together for a common cause to affect change – in this case your prayers for my mom’s speedy recover – which as I’ve noted has already HELPED ENORMOUSLY.

“For now I’m going to use this forum and Twitter (for smaller announcements) as I believe there is great value in reaching out to all of you and informing you of an honest appraisal of where things are at, and at the same time use the conversation and forum for the collective healing powers that you are creating. In short, staying positive, sending and receiving love and not making something out of all of this to create headlines. There’s a time for that but it’s not now.”

On Sunday, Bernsen posted this Tweet: “Back from hospital, not much change for mom but heading in the right direction. Embracing small steps and signs toward recovery. Wow!”

Jeanne Cooper and her favorite ‘Young and the Restless’ episodes

'General Hospital': See official anniversary photo

As part of General Hospital’s 50th Anniversary celebration, the cast gathered for a special portrait — 1,963 of which will be available for fans to buy. (Get it? That’s the year the show began. Clever birds, those soap people!) READ FULL STORY

'General Hospital': See how it began in 1963 -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

To help celebrate General Hospital’s 50th anniversary on April 1, EW obtained an exclusive look at the very first scenes from the long-running ABC sudser — which, naturally, begins with images of busy nurses (and a fairly ominous soundtrack). Brace yourself for the Twilight Zone feel of the original black and white episode, and see if you recognize anyone! READ FULL STORY

'Young and the Restless': Watch first episode from 1973 -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

It’s been a long, long time since anyone spoke of the wealthy Brooks and the working-class Fosters in the same sentence on CBS’ The Young and the Restless. Most of the original characters created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell for the show’s debut on March 26, 1973 were eventually eliminated in the ’80s, save for Jill Foster Abbott.

So in honor of the soap’s 40th anniversary today, EW has obtained an exclusive look back at the sudser’s very first episode that aired on CBS.

Some actors in the premiere episode (which was only a half hour) may not be recognizable to today’s younger Y&R fans. William Gray Espy only played William “Snapper” Foster for two years before he was replaced by David Hasselhoff (though Espy returned briefly to reprise the role in 2003). And the kids probably won’t remember Robert Clary, the Frenchie charmer from Hogan’s Heroes who was cast as Pierre in the premiere.

But you’d have to live in a hovel with no access to soap opera rags to NOT recognize the gal at episode’s end who continues to reign as a daytime diva. Take a walk down memory lane:

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'One Life to Live' loses actors to 'General Hospital'

Disappointing news for Llanview lovers: Two of its popular denizens won’t be around to celebrate One Life to Live’s new home online.

EW has confirmed that Michael Easton and Kristen Alderson  — who reprised their roles as John McBain and Starr Manning on ABC’s General Hospital while Prospect Park ironed out details for OLTL’s online version — won’t return to their old soap once it debuts April 29 on The Online Network. Instead, ABC is reportedly figuring out a way to keep them on General Hospital, but in different roles, according to a TV Guide report.

GH is apparently looking to do the same with Roger Howarth, who is currently shooting episodes for OLTL as Todd Manning — but for only two and a half months. That’s all Prospect Park could get from Howarth, who was heavily wooed by GH to stay in Port Charles. READ FULL STORY

Jeanne Cooper: My favorite 'Young and the Restless' episodes -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

UPDATE: Jeanne Cooper, the longtime star of CBS’ The Young and the Restless, died on May 8, 2013, at the age of 84. In March 2013, EW talked with the actress about the series’ 40th anniversary and asked her to select some of her favorite episodes, linked below.

ORIGINAL POST: “(My agent) said ‘I know you. You won’t like doing it. Even with the stage you don’t like doing it for six months. You will get very bored playing the same person.’ I said you’re right, so I just kept hiding on island after island in Hawaii. Finally (Producer) John Conboy said, we have to have her. I caught a red-eye out for the table read. William Gray Espy, the young lead who played Snapper, warned everybody that I was a tough lady who doesn’t put up with a lot of nonsense. I was going to give it my all for three years but all of a sudden, when you are creating another person who grows with you, Katherine grew with me. I grew with her. It was fascinating. Then, of course, I got a divorce and couldn’t afford to be too terribly hard ass about what I was and wasn’t going to do. You have to admit, to have a paycheck coming in weekly for 40 years is pretty great. I did not join this show when I was 21. I was 45. Everybody was shocked I would do this and stay with it. [Co-creator] Bill Bell gave me carte blanche to do what I wanted. READ FULL STORY

See first trailer for 'All My Children,' 'One Life to Live' -- VIDEO

They’re so excited!

Then again, how can you call yourself a soap fan and not be a little giddy that All My Children and One Life to Live have found a new lease on life? If not, this trailer touting the return of original episodes April 29 should do the trick. READ FULL STORY

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