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Not Young, Still Restless: A Memoir
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111 of 112 people found the following review helpful
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"Not Young, Still Restless" is the wonderful and insightful biography of legendary actress Jeanne Cooper, known to millions worldwide as the rich and powerful Katherine Chancellor on "The Young and the Restless", the #1 soap opera in the U.S. since 1988.

In the book Jeanne discusses her entire life from being raised part Indian to be molested not once, but twice as a little girl and how that had a severe effect on her life. She writes about coming to Hollywood and working with some of the greats on film and primetime TV. She discusses her various love affairs, her film and TV roles and her only marriage that ended in a divorce, yet produced the love of her life, her three children.

After the marriage ended she needed money so she could send her kids through high school and college and in 1973 Bill Bell, creator and writer of a new soap opera at CBS, offered her a role on his new serial. In November, 1973 Katherine Chancellor debut and "The Young and the Restless" has never been the same.

With the ratings of the show in the basement (not uncommon for a new soap) Bill pitted rich socialite Kay against the poor/born on the wrong side of the tracks Jill Foster for the attention of Phillip, Kay's husband. At this point Katherine was a drinker, loved her stable boys and smoked like a train. Phillip, bored with his marriage, started a sexual and loving relationship with Jill who was now working on the Chancellor estate as Kay's Girl Friday. As the story progressed into 1974 then 1975 the ratings soared as viewers watched each day to see if Phillip would leave the drunken Kay and go with the beautiful Jill. By 1975 "The Young and the Restless" hit #1, nabbed the Emmy for Best Drama and continued to soar in popularity with Jeanne's story and performance as one of its attributes.

Jeanne also discusses her long-time problem with alcoholism that almost got her fired from the soap. It was her son Corbin Bernsen and boss Bill Bell who finally persuaded Jeanne to get help through AA and to get her life on track.

In 1984 Jeanne was tired of looking so old so she opted to have a face-lift which was written into the story on the serial. Jeanne's real-life face-lift operation was actually filmed and used on "The Young and the Restless", the first such proceedure to ever be shown on television.

Jeanne writes about her love affair with sexy Beau Kayzer in the 1970's who actually played her son Brock, her troubles with certain actresses on the show, the firing of Brenda Dickson in 1987 who played her rival Jill for so many years, the sometimes bad stories she was given, but mostly praises Bill Bell as the genius he was.

An excellent and well-written memoir you will enjoy "Not Young, Still Restless" tremendously.

A daytime Emmy-winner (FINALLY!) Jeanne is funny, serious and extremely intellectual in writing her life. An A+ read.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon August 1, 2012
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I have Jeanne Cooper on a list for possible Kennedy Center Honors while I know it's unlikely. She is still rocking the soap for almost 40 years as Madame Katherine "Kay' Chancellor, the matriarch of the soap opera, "Young and the Restless. This biography is long awaited and rich in juicy details about her amazing life. Like her soap role, she has had many ups and downs like a roller coaster ride including a troubling marriage, divorce, alcoholism, plastic surgery, love affairs, etc.

I totally agree that when she was awarded the 2004 Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award with nine other recipients like Rachel Ames, Frances Reid, Anna Lee MBE, Dame Ruth Warrick, Eileen Fulton, Don Hastings, John Clark, Helen Wagner, etc. that they deserved to be treated better. They were herded onstage like cattle and were left standing there. There were no speeches which should have been even off-air for the audience. The Daytime Emmys have been lamer in recent years and are a disappointment. It's funny because Jeanne Cooper won an Emmy afterwards for playing Kay and got the last laugh. Unfortunately, four of those recipients have died.

The American soaps are dying in our country and don't even qualify for endangered species act. The networks and their companies don't care unless they're making a profit. The days have long gone by when soaps ruled daytime afternoons. But if you want to know why, watch Jeanne Cooper on "Young and Restless" to see her in action. She and other veterans are the reasons that the soaps work when they can. With daytime turmoil and soaps being canceled, Jeanne Cooper still has a positive outlook on life and career and family.

All the while, she has maintained a dignified status as a grand lady of humble stature. Her book is detailed but not enough to explain some of the drama behind the scenes. Her book was just released yesterday and I got it today. It's an easy read and fun especially for soap opera fans like myself. I've watched soaps for 30 years and Jeanne Cooper is one of the reasons that Young & Restless is still number one. She plays a formidable, complicated woman who does both business and charitable onscreen and offscreen as well.

Despite her troubling marriage to Harry Bernsen, she raised three children including actor Corbin Bernsen, Collin Bernsen, and Caren Bernsen to be successful human beings as well and dedicates this book to them. She is also the mother of eight grandchildren including six boys and two girls. She is 87 years old and going strong too. Despite health ups and downs and recent turmoil over the soap (executive producer Maria Arena Bell was fired last week), Jeanne comes across stronger than ever.

I love Jeanne Cooper and so does the fans, cast and crew. It was nice to see pages dedicated in exploring closer relationships like Terry Lester, Nancy Grahn, Anthony Geary, Eric Braeden, Peter Bergman, and others to mention. I found the book to be candid about her relationship with her ex-husband, Harry, and his death. They weren't even speaking at the end of his life. He had no funeral but was cremated and had a memorial service at Corbin's house. Jeanne handled his death with dignity as she does everybody else. In case you're wondering, she is also planning to be cremated as well but I hope she lives to be a 100 years old and finally be awarded the deserved accolades and honors like honorary doctorates, Kennedy Center Honors, the National Medal of Arts, and maybe Damehood if possible.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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The famous Jeanne Cooper delivers an endearing Memoir that tugs on the heartstrings. This insightful biography is colored with humor,inspiration, and touching moments as she portrays not only climbing the golden ladder to success, but also the dark days of her life. The author discusses not only the rich and powerful Katherine Chancellor,but Jeanne who had a traumatic childhood that haunted her most of her life, alcoholism, divorce and much more. The author shares not only TV and Hollywood fame, but also her life being raised as part Indian, the love for her three children, and her thoughts on marriage and love affairs throughout her life. The legendary actress paints a portrait of inspiration as she entertains. Enjoyable, and Highly Recommended!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2012
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I read this book in a day and a half and what a great read it was! Jeanne tells us the story of her life in her own words; her good times and bad and even the most difficult, painful times in her life, Jeanne shares it all with us. This book made me tear up at times (when Jeanne discusses the death of her mother and a couple awful events that happened to her as a child), it made my jaw drop a few times (in a good way!) but mostly, this book had me laughing out loud a lot! Jeanne's comments are so "her" to say the least; witty, full of wisdom and experience and last but not least....hilarious! This is a must read for anyone who's a fan of this remarkable woman but also for anyone who wants to read a great book that you just can't put down. If I didn't love and admire Jeanne as I already do before reading this, I most certainly would have now after reading it...and I do so even more. Love you Jeanne, and thank you for sharing your life with us....and what an amazing life you have had! <3
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2013
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This reads as though Ms. Cooper had invited you into her home to share stories of her life with you. She writes as though she was simply talking to an old friend over cocktails. A great look into the life of a great actress
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2012
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I enjoyed reading about the real person behind the character that I have watched and loved for so many years.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 14, 2012
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This mediocre memoir is not the tell-all the author claims: it is mostly repeated praise for family members and co-workers, with few details about some of her interesting life experiences. On the first page of chapter one Cooper claims she will be unlike other autobiographies, saying, "I intend on sharing it all," but the book is all downhill from there.

She spends most of the first fourth of the book slamming her husband and revealing how clueless she was in allowing him to trample all over her. She skips entire periods of time and at one point a whole decade of her life is summarized in about four pages. She runs through a list of TV shows and movies she appeared in without any stories about any of them.

She name-drops other "good friends" like Doris Day but never says how she knows the people or tells any stories about them. The actress does reveal the name of some of the famous people she slept with but tells nothing more than that; as a matter of fact she simply writes their names in a one-paragraph list! She also reveals that she had a one-year off-screen sexual affair with her on-screen son, who was 20 years her junior.

If you are a Y&R fan you might enjoy a couple of the behind-the-scenes stories but Cooper bends over backwards to make sure you don't believe the negative things you've heard about her on-set behavior. However, the few soap stories she does tell make her sound like a demanding diva who is difficult to work with.

I would like to have heard more about her relationship with her son Corbin Bernson, who is only alluded to here briefly. At just over 200 pages, Cooper says very little about anything and certainly falls short of "sharing it all." It seems more like revisionist history for someone nearing the end of her career, who wants to put to bed all those nasty stories about her. Instead the book doesn't help her image much at all.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2012
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So I had preordered this book when I had first heard about it and received it just prior to going on a long weekend road trip with my husband and our son. I left it at home as I didn't want anything to happen to it or by chance lose it, I only travel with paperbacks after having left a hardcover "Tuesday's with Morry" in the pocket of a airplane seat. Anyway, we arrived in Minneapolis, MN and went straight away to the Mall of America where none other than Ms. Jeanne Cooper herself was there doing a signing for the book. Of course I purchased another coy and promptly got in line. The signing started at 6:30pm and when 9:00pm rolled around and there were still a dozen or so people before me I was getting super nervous that I wouldn't get my "new" copy hsigned. Not one to disappoint Ms. Cooper signed each and every book, had conversations (actual conversations where she did not once look down at the post-it to recall your name) and took pictures with each and every person in line. During our 7 hour car ride back home I read "Not Young, Still Restless" and like that awesome evening a few nights ago this book did not disappoint. Ms. Cooper is as beautiful inside as she is out (like there was ever any doubt) and one of the few remaining Big Shoulder Broads left in Hollywood. If you're thinking of buying this book you should, it's honest, heart warming and insightful. It's one of those books that can make you laugh and cry. And then laugh until you cry. Happy reading!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I was a late commer to viewing Y&R but soon learned that Jeannie Coopers portryal of Kathrine Chancelor was definately a Leading Lady. It was fun to look at the jewels she always wore and the beautiful clothes. Those were her sparkeling trademark but her portrayal of the role was so filled with drama and emothion I felt I was in the room watching the. I could not resist purchasing her book and as I read her words, it was like having her in my house and she was telling the story to me personally. She shared her life with all her readers. Some of it was very sad and some of it was full of joy. Her three children were wonderful and I loved the stories about her animals.

Jeannie Cooper was a very gracious woman who extended herself financially to many people who needed assistance, wether it just be a sympathetic ear or financial, she found a way to help so many people. She unselfishly asked for nothing in return. I know that all the lives she touched have been blessed. Just as my own life has been both enriched and blessed after reading her book.

Y&R willl never be quite the same.

Her family will always feel a void when they are together.

This is one book I have saved on my Kindle. I want to go back again and again to fill my cup with her wisdom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2012
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Reading this book was like sitting down and having tea with Mrs Chancellor....It is an excellent book...Jeanne is an amazing woman and above all a survivor...l absolutely love The Young and the Restless and Mrs Chancellor...Her autobiography shows she is every bit as charming, tough and ruthless as her onscreen character..She has survived some very rough times, and is an inspiration to others.. It was also really interesting to learn some behind the scenes stories, about the actors who work with her....One story in particular really disappointed me....it's sad to know that Melody (Nicki) didn't talk to Jeanne for many years, and for no apparent reason and did not try to rectify the situation......They only recently started talking again, to Jeanne's bewilderment......Jeanne talks about her life warts and all.......her unfaithful and conniving husband, her battle with alcohol, and her determination to make a name for herself in daytime television....An excellent book and a fascinating woman....
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