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'Y&R' Bids Farewell To Jeanne Cooper With Inheritance Story Line

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The final goodbye to The Young and the Restless star Jeanne Cooper — who played Katherine Chancellor for 40 years until her death in May at age 84 — will begin Aug. 16 on the CBS soap, when friends and family are summoned to the Chancellor mansion. They expect to welcome the vacationing matriarch back to Genoa City but instead receive the sad news of her death — and then immediately start fighting over Katherine’s massive fortune and who gets to move into her fancy estate. ”I knew Jeanne would want me to instantly think how her death would affect the show,” explains head writer Josh Griffith. ”She would be very upset with us if we weren’t turning this into story.”