The youngest of three children, Jeanne (nee Wilma Jeanne Cooper) is of Cherokee descent; her parents were actually born on a reservation in Oklahoma. Her 23-year marriage to TV producer Harry Bernsen produced three kids: daughter Caren and sons Collin and Corbin, both of whom are actors. Even though they divorced in 1977, Jeanne and Harry are still good friends. These days, she lavishes affection on her two cats (Sassie and Spookie) and eight grandkids.
After graduating from the College of the Pacific in Stockton, California, Jeanne made her acting debut in a 1953 western ("The Redhead From Wyoming," starring Maureen O'Hara). She's worked steadily in films and TV ever since. In a classic case of life imitating art, she portrayed the reel-life mother of her real-life son, Corbin Bernsen, on two 1987 episodes of "L.A. Law."
Having played Katherine Chancellor on "The Young and the Restless" since 1973, Jeanne was honored with a Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004. She got her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1993.
Footage of Jeanne's actual facelift was incorporated into an episode of "The Young and the Restless" -- back in 1984! Take that, "Nip/Tuck"!