Jeanne Cooper Biography (1928-)

Original name, Wilma Jeanne Cooper; born October 25, 1928, in Taft, CA; married Harry Bernsen (a producer), 1954 (divorced, 1977); children: Corbin Bernsen (an actor), Collin Bernsen (an actor), Caren Bernsen (an actress).

Birth Details
October 25, 1928
Taft, California

Famous Works

  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Grace Douglas, Bracken's World, NBC, 1969-1970
  • Katherine "Kay" Chancellor Thurston Sterling, The Young and the Restless (also known as Y&R), CBS, beginning 1973
  • Marge Cotrooke (some sources cite Marge Cootridge), The Young and theRestless (also known as Y&R), CBS, 1989-1990
  • Miniseries
  • Ma Prentiss, "Willie and the Yank" (also known as "Mosby's Marauders"), Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, NBC, 1967
  • Movies
  • Della Martin, The Mystery of Edward Sims, 1968
  • Mrs. Withers, Sweet Hostage, 1975
  • Renata, Beyond Suspicion (also known as Appointment for a Killing), NBC, 1993
  • Rowland, Gentle Ben (also known as Terror on the Mountain),Animal Planet, 2002
  • Rowland, Gentle Ben 2: Danger on the Mountain (also known as Black Gold), Animal Planet, 2003
  • Specials
  • Super Bloopers & New Practical Jokes, NBC, 1989
  • Judge, The 1992 Miss Teen USA Pageant, CBS, 1992
  • Guiding Light: The Primetime Special, CBS, 1992
  • Starathon '92: A Weekend with the Stars, syndicated, 1992
  • Awards Presentations
  • Soap Opera Digest Awards, NBC, 1989
  • The 17th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, ABC, 1990
  • Presenter, Soap Opera Digest Awards, NBC, 1992
  • The 19th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, NBC, 1992
  • Presenter, The 25th Daytime Emmy Awards, NBC, 1998
  • Episodic
  • "Gunsmoke Justice," The Adventures of Kit Carson, syndicated, 1953
  • "Law of Boot Hill," The Adventures of Kit Carson, syndicated, 1953
  • "Sixth Sense," Death Valley Days, syndicated, 1954
  • "I Am Joaquin," Death Valley Days, syndicated, 1955
  • Helen, "The Girl across the Hall," Crusader, CBS, 1956
  • Leslie, "Dinner Date," Front Row Center, CBS, 1956
  • Lois Powell, "Sometimes It Happens," The Ford Television Theater (also known as Ford Theater: All Star Theater), ABC, 1956
  • Receptionist, "Sizeman and Son," Playhouse 90, CBS, 1956
  • "Cave-In," Matinee Theater, NBC, 1956
  • "The Country Husband," Playhouse 90, CBS, 1956
  • Belle Starr, "Belle Starr," Tales of Wells Fargo, NBC, 1957
  • Marie Conover, "Top Hand," Cheyenne, ABC, 1957
  • Virginia Cory, "Naked Gallows," Maverick, ABC, 1957
  • "Last Chance," The Web, NBC, 1957
  • "The Search," Code 3, Fox, 1957
  • "The Talking Corpse," State Trooper, syndicated, 1957
  • Jean Kingsley, "Lovely Lady, Pity Me," 77 Sunset Strip, ABC, 1958
  • Julia, "The Cover Up," M Squad, NBC, 1958
  • Laura Beaumont, "The Case of the Corresponding Corpse," Perry Mason, CBS, 1958
  • Lucy, "Sundown at Bitter Creek," Zane Grey Theater (also known asDick Powell's Zane Grey Theater), CBS, 1958
  • Phoebe West, "Wheel of Fortune," Jefferson Drum, NBC, 1958
  • Winnie, "A Widow's Kiss," Jane Wyman Presents the Fireside Theatre(also known as Fireside Theatre, Jane Wyman Theatre, and Studio 57), NBC, 1958
  • "Death on Wheels," State Trooper, syndicated, 1958
  • Duchess, "Clay Allison," Tales of Wells Fargo, NBC, 1959
  • Liz, "Mr. Denton on Doomsday," The Twilight Zone, CBS, 1959
  • Martha Reynolds, "School for Cowards," Bronco, ABC, 1959
  • Myra, "Man on Horseback," Wanted: Dead or Alive, CBS, 1959
  • Thelma Hill, "The Case of the Lucky Legs," Perry Mason, CBS, 1959
  • "The Judas Tree," State Trooper, syndicated, 1959
  • Belle Starr, "Shadow of Jesse James," Bronco, ABC, 1960
  • Ethel, "The Big Blackout," Thriller, NBC, 1960
  • Liza, "Death at Noon," The Man from Blackhawk, ABC, 1960
  • Lola, "A Grenade for a Summer's Evening," M Squad, NBC, 1960
  • Rachel Barnes, "The Captive Locomotive," Sugarfoot, ABC, 1960
  • Sally Claymore, "Sudden Death," Shotgun Slade, syndicated, 1960
  • Clara Wilson, "Incident on the Road Back," Rawhide, CBS, 1961
  • Ellen Begley, "Wild Mangoes," Adventures in Paradise, ABC, 1961
  • Elmira Webster, "The Reversed Blade," The Tall Man, NBC, 1961
  • Linda Miller, "But Linda Only Smiled," Ben Casey, ABC, 1961
  • Lucy Mencken, "Killer's Payoff," 87th Precinct, NBC, 1961
  • Madge Upton, "The Traitor," Wagon Train, NBC, 1961
  • Martha Flood, "Flood's Folly," Maverick, ABC, 1961
  • Abigail Hinton, "The Good Samaritan," Bonanza, NBC, 1962
  • Coco Stanford, "My Love but Lightly," Hawaiian Eye, ABC, 1962
  • Della Bogart, "Dead Heat," Surfside 6, ABC, 1962
  • Donna Fuller, "The Donna Fuller Story," Wagon Train, ABC, 1962
  • Edna Harden, "The Treasure," Have Gun, Will Travel, CBS, 1962
  • Ethel Belan, "The Case of the Glamorous Ghost," Perry Mason, CBS,1962
  • Fran Cagle, "The Case against Eliot Ness," The Untouchables, ABC,1962
  • Lois Brooks, "Anniversary Special," Surfside 6, ABC, 1962
  • Marti Stevens, "A Man Called Ragan," Cheyenne, ABC, 1962
  • "The Quick and the Deadly," Cheyenne, ABC, 1962
  • Belle Alpine, "One Last Killing," The Untouchables, ABC, 1963
  • Emilia Miller, "She Walks in Beauty," Bonanza, NBC, 1963
  • Lily Pitts, "Ex-Con," Gunsmoke, CBS, 1963
  • Loren Schuyler, "Webb of Fear," Stoney Burke, ABC, 1963
  • Louise Sargent, "The Boy without a Country," Mr. Novak, NBC, 1963
  • Martha Harp, "The Kitty Pryer Story," Wagon Train, ABC, 1963
  • Paula Keith, "The Long Way Home," Hawaiian Eye, ABC, 1963
  • Rebecca Ridgeway, "Mutiny at Fort Mercy," The Dakotas, ABC, 1963
  • Ruth Cameron, "My Name Is Judith, I'm Lost, You See," The Eleventh Hour, NBC, 1963
  • "Incident at Crooked Hat," Rawhide, CBS, 1963
  • Gina Cassel, "The Target," 77 Sunset Strip, ABC, 1964
  • Harriet Heatherington, "The Story of Hector Heatherington," Wagon Train, ABC, 1964
  • Julia Montgomery, "The Fortunes of J. Jimerson Jones," The Virginian, NBC, 1964
  • Marian Colby, "The Child Between," Dr. Kildare, NBC, 1964
  • Mary Browne, "The Case of the Nervous Neighbor," Perry Mason, CBS,1964
  • Molly Garland, "The Whipping," Wagon Train, ABC, 1964
  • Bess, "Survival," A Man Called Shenandoah, ABC, 1965
  • Elsie Brown, "Elsie Brown," Branded, NBC, 1965
  • Marge, "The Lonely Calico Queen," The Loner, CBS, 1965
  • Martha Simmons, "Boots with My Father's Name," The Big Valley, ABC, 1965
  • Mother Fear, "The Children's Day Affair," The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,NBC, 1965
  • Amy Barr, "Crisis by Fire," Daniel Boone, NBC, 1966
  • Anna Medalle, "Weave Nets to Catch the Wind," Ben Casey, ABC, 1966
  • Elaine Jason, "Tunnel of Gold," The Big Valley, ABC, 1966
  • Mae Duvall, "Ride with Terror," The Monroes, ABC, 1966
  • Miriam Fielding, "The Case of the Vanishing Victim," Perry Mason,CBS, 1966
  • Addie Ogilvie, "The Young Ones," Daniel Boone, NBC, 1967
  • Kay Comstock, "The Small Chance Ghost," Loredo, NBC, 1967
  • Connie, "Love Is under `L,'" The Outsider, NBC, 1968
  • Florida, "The Heart of Pony Alice," Lancer, CBS, 1968
  • Myra Brinker, "Officer Bobby," Ironside, NBC, 1968
  • Pony Jones, "Knife in the Darkness," Cimarron Strip, CBS, 1968
  • Ann Shem, "... And I Wand Some Candy and a Gun That Shoots," Hawaii Five-O, CBS, 1971
  • Miss Millstone, "The Balloon Ladies," Nanny and the Professor, ABC, 1971
  • Silvia Barbiero, "The Nowhere Man," Cannon, CBS, 1971
  • Emma Rand, "A Walk in the Shadows," Mannix, CBS, 1972
  • "Sad Songs and Other Conversations," Longstreet, ABC, 1972
  • Mrs. Hamilton, "A Life for a Life," Hawkins, CBS, 1973
  • Dr. Kline, "The Devil's Platform," Kolchak: The Night Stalker (also known as Kolchak and The Night Stalker), ABC, 1974
  • "The Carrier," Doc Elliot, ABC, 1974
  • Evelyn Fennady, "The Inspection," Emergency!, NBC, 1975
  • Gladys, "Return to the Alamo," McCloud, NBC, 1975
  • Gladys Becker, "Fry Me to the Moon," L.A. Law, NBC, 1986
  • Gladys Becker, "The Last Gasp," L.A. Law, NBC, 1990
  • Herself, "Death in the Daytime," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1995
  • Estella, "Angel of Death," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1997
  • Herself, "The Heather Biblow Story," The Nanny, CBS, 1997
  • Pilots
  • Mrs. McClory, The San Pedro Bums (also known as The San Pedro Beach Bums), ABC, 1977
  • Film Appearances
  • Kate Lamar, The Man from the Alamo, MCA/Universal, 1953
  • Marge, Shadows of Tombstone, Republic, 1953
  • Myra, The Redhead from Wyoming, MCA/Universal, 1953
  • (Uncredited) Evelyn Shriner, The Naked Street (also known as The Brass Ring), United Artists, 1955
  • Darlene Adams, Calling Homicide, Allied Artists, 1956
  • Madge, The Houston Story, Columbia, 1956
  • Renee, Over-Exposed, Columbia, 1956
  • Fran Werner, Plunder Road, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957
  • Nurse Helen Bethke, 5 Steps to Danger, United Artists, 1957
  • Mrs. Horton, Unwed Mother, Allied Artists, 1958
  • Fran, Let No Man Write My Epitaph, Columbia, 1960
  • Helen Donovan, The Commies Are Coming, the Commies Are Coming (also known as Red Nightmare), Warner Bros., 1962
  • Helen Jennings, House of Women, Warner Bros., 1962
  • Mrs. Quinn, 13 West Street, Columbia, 1962
  • Vi, The Intruder (also known as I Hate Your Guts!, Shame, and The Stranger), New Concorde, 1962
  • Edna Conrad, Black Zoo, Allied Artists, 1963
  • Mrs. Rachael McCabe, The Glory Guys, United Artists, 1965
  • Lorna Boyd, Tony Rome, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1967
  • Cloe, The Boston Strangler, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1968
  • Prostitute, There Was a Crooked Man, Warner Bros., 1970
  • Trainer Vivien, Kansas City Bomber, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1972
  • Nola Bealer, The All-American Boy, Warner Bros., 1973
  • Clerk, Lethal Justice, Europa Carat, 1991
  • Zach Shepard's mother, Frozen Assets, RKO Radio Pictures, 1992
  • Jeanine, The Tomorrow Man (also known as Time Shifters), Bedford Entertainment, 2001
  • 3 Day Test, Public Filmworks, 2005
  • Stage Appearances
  • Appeared as Melissa Gardner, Love Letters, Canon Theatre, BeverlyHills, CA; appeared in The Miracle Worker, On the Town, and Plain and Fancy; performer at the Civic Light Opera Company and Revue Theatre, Stockton, CA.
  • Major Tours
  • Appeared in Plaza Suite.

Further Reference


    • Soap Opera Digest, September 16, 1997
    • TV Guide, January 10, 2004, p. 75

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