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    Remembering Y&R's Jeanne Cooper

    Started by Candace at 2013/05/09 11:23AM
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    #121   2013/06/13 04:01PM
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    Hi, Everyone. Corbin posted this about 15 minutes ago.

    "Sorry for not communicating in last day or so. Been wrapping up brief stay in Monte Carlo at the television festival. So many incredible people here have been recalling fond memories of my mom when she was here several years back, slipping me photos they took of her. I feel as though she's actually here with me. Like everywhere else, she definitely left her mark, with the fans who came to see her, the people that work here - you know she was a kitchen entrance kind a gal - and I'm sure the Casino! For those who don't know it, she loved her slots. We were thinking about spreading some of her ashes in Las Vegas on the floor of one of her favorite casinos, and while we haven't completely ruled it out, are thinking better of it.

    I do feel as though the fog is lifting a bit all in all. I suppose coming here had it's greater purpose as I'm finding with all things... this trip we had both wanted to take together, celebrating television, a medium we both not only make a living at, but love more than you can imagine. I sometimes wonder why my mom landed there instead of film or stage, and I'm sure it has something to do with the direct access with her fans, the audience. She loved that, and it was made abundantly clear to me in the last few days.

    Side note: Major League fans... I ran into Tom Berringer here and said Major League or not, we have to do something together again. Great guy, wonderful actor and good friend. I've got some ideas already spinning.

    Off to sleep, and heading back to Los Angeles for the Daytime Emmys on Sunday. Look closer for a moment you'd think I was a big shot...nahhhh! Just a working stiff like the ole lady. I will be introducing the "In Memoriam" section of the show with Jess Walton so once again, mom will be front and center... the journey continues.... like it or not!

    I'd say Goodnight, but those were mom's last acting words so I'll let them stay in her ownership for a while."

    #122   2013/06/14 02:54PM
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    Happy Friday, Everyone! Hope you are all having a wonderful day! Corbin posted this about an hour ago:

    "Sorry for another short conversation today but in transit on my way back to the States. I did however want to share a great photo taken at the TV Festival last night. I'm especially proud of my exquisite wife and shockingly grown up son Finely - in his first tux. Family. I can't say it enough. I'd give my kingdom for family! Nothing makes me feel more complete and at peace.

    Of course the moment came with a bit of sadness... when I looked at Finley, this great photo, I thought, man, mom won't get to see this one! She would have loved it. But alas, she won't get to see his 16th birthday, the graduation, and all the other events. She'll be there, in spirit of course and without question, but still... you know what I mean. She LOVED her 8 grandchildren and as fantastic as this photo is of Fin, the other seven are also all rays of brilliant light that lit up her life in their own right. They all had an incredible bond with their grandmother. So many moments one wishes we could all share, together.... life. Relish in the moments you can share!

    Spent an afternoon with Amanda's mom - yes Jan, I know you're reading this! - and had a wonderful lunch here in France at her home. Fin and his "other" grandmother get along famously and I'm thrilled that he still has a grandparent to better understand generations and depth of family.

    I hope you enjoy the picture and I promise, more stories to come in the next week. The little league story a few days back reminded me of so many incredible times we shared, the good, the bad, and always, the occasional ugly. But even they brought understanding and played a huge role in my development. Nothing is perfect... except maybe this photo!

    Talk to you tomorrow..."


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    #123   2013/06/14 06:38PM
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    I really appreciate seeing these posts HP! Corbin is so insightful and he seems to express himself so easily. The love he and his mother shared is so obvious. I can just imagine JC in some umpire's face! The family must miss her so.

    A beautiful family photo!

    #124   2013/06/16 02:51PM
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    Happy Father's Day to ALL of the fathers who post on this bosard! Hope you are all having a wonderful day. Corbin posted this about seven hours ago:

    "Back Home! What a small world it is when you think about it! Literally, a very small planet and habitat we all share. 10 hours and back on the other side of the world! All the more reason for compassion, love and understanding - like it or not - we are neighbors in a very small community of man and must start acting as One.

    I was at passport control back here in the States, long line, frustrating and could feel the tension and blood pressure rising. Got up to the Officer taking the customs forms - a man who until then I saw as the sole reason for the slow moving line - and first thing he says is "Sorry for your loss. My wife loved your mother!" Smack! About face... what a nice guy! - Note to self: toss any preconceived notions about people out the window and live and die in the moment! Seriously, I'm just awestruck how my mom touched so many people around this small globe, from all walks of life. Astounding! And the funny thing... I didn't know it until now. Maybe that's when you value what you have, when storm takes it away.

    Of course today are the Daytime Emmys - and yes you'll see another photo of me later in my tux - a little wrinkled I fear. I'm having mixed emotions about the Emmy task at hand; announcing the "In Memoriam" section of the show. It's not mixed because I have to go back to sad "mom-ville," but rather I know in my gut I want to say something funny as she would have me do and not let it drift into that morose place the show always wants it to go - cue the sad music. The fact is, my mother would probably say something like, "Oh sh!t, - pardon my french - but really... I'm on that list! NO! Take me off it! Go to commercial, get on with the show, give another trophy away!" Then after her exquisite photo comes up... "Oh, that was a nice picture. That's not so bad." Funny us actors, that's one list you're not really looking forward to making... then there it is. So be on the lookout and see if I chicken out or go for it. Of course I'll keep the expletives out so whatever I say might make it to air!

    Wow, just realized, in real time here, it's Father's Day. Saw it in messages from some of you on the page here. Honestly, I hadn't thought about it. Not sure if this comes from my mom, or just something I took indirectly out of her general "Textbook on Life"... but I'm not a big fan of Mother's Day and Father's Day. I suppose this year had some special meaning in that mom passed away only a week before. But really, the idea of singling out a day with a store bought card, and the requisite flowers for the ladies or some stupid tie for "That Special Dad"... well, just doesn't ring true. (There's that word again! - True) I'd like to think I treat my wife, or my mom or my dad with the same love and respect each and every day. I bring flowers home to my wife randomly to say I love you and thanks - not because I'm told to, but it's what I feel in my heart. (No offense Hallmark, you're a great wholesome brand and certainly deserve a place in our community from time to time.) I did the same for my mom - I took her flowers or Sees Candy (her favorite) on occasion, when my heart told me to. But to take one day and blow it up, then retreat back to "routine" the day after... just doesn't sit right. In other words, it's all become a bit commercial, big companies telling me how "I should celebrate mom and dad with their product because no other Hammer or Power Saw let's dad know I love him more!" Scribble me a note by hand from time to time and I'll be just fine.

    So yeah, I tend to forget these "holidays" as they approach. FYI - Anniversaries, Birthdays and Christmas - another story altogether and deserve HUGE celebration - strike up the band, send in the clowns, cue the overkill! That DEFINITELY came from my mom!

    So, there it is...Back home, Father's Day, Daytime Emmy's, a dash of jet lag, and a VERY WRINKLED TUX! Throw it all in the blender, mix it up and let's see what it tastes like. That's the way my mom would do it... throw her head back and take it as it comes..all of it in one big gulp. And if it doesn't taste quite right, well at least you took it like a man... or a Cooper Trooper!

    Happy Everyday!"

    #125   2013/06/16 02:57PM
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    Quote countryMomof4: I really appreciate seeing these posts HP! Corbin is so insightful and he seems to express himself so easily. The love he and his mother shared is so obvious. I can just imagine JC in some umpire's face! The family must miss her so.

    A beautiful family photo!


    Hi, countryMomof4 - I'm so glad you're enjoying Corbin's posts. I can also see Jeanne getting in an umpire's face (or anyone else's) in defense of Corbin or one of her other children. She was an amazing and awesome woman! Hope you're having a nice Sunday!

    #126   2013/06/17 08:09AM
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    Good Monday Morning, Everyone! I want to congratulate Doug Davidson and Billy Miller on their Emmy wins! It's about time Doug was recognized for his great work as Paul after all these years (35).

    Corbin posted this about an hour ago:

    "You can't please all the people all the time..." That's the general consensus from everyone this morning. Nobody knew this better than my mom. She was, if you really knew her, often a confusion. One one hand you had the most generous, graceful, loving, compassionate person on the planet... then in a rather abrupt about face, she could turn on the tap and out came a mouthful of profanities I challenge any man in a bar at 2 AM to outdo. But somehow, they were poetry and so well placed, well timed, no other words seem to accomplish the task at hand. Then in another abrupt about face, she would slap us silly for using the very same words! A confusion to say the least...

    Over the years however, I realized that there is a time and place for all things. A perfect time and a perfect place. And she knew that timing better than anyone. But never, NEVER, did this detract from her character or the true actions of her life. Again, that phrase, "no line on the horizon." If you are pure of heart, you are pure of heart, always. If you are true to yourself, you are true to yourself, always. If you love God, you love God always. You don't fake it and pretend to move in and out of circles to please "the group." - You are simply YOU!

    So in the end I would judge my mom ALWAYS based on who she was, those actions of her life; her love for God and Nature, her love for her fellow man, her love of the work, her love for family, her honesty, her brutal truth. And the words she used... just that, simply words to best convey what was on her mind at the time - no judgements or even planned adjectives of expression, but simply words... her truth in the moment.

    Some have stated that as a Christian I shouldn't use words like I did last night.... some going so far as to say I can't truly be a Christian. I say you are wrong, on both accounts. But none of us are the judges here. I decided several years ago that I wanted to find my truth. My absolute truth. I wanted, in short, to be more like my mom. I did so, not to please her, but because I knew in my heart that the kind of truth I sought was sorely needed in this messed up and confused world we live in. I wanted to find a place where my expression of loving God and Christ could co exist with moments of human frailty and error and yes, even the occasional curse word! The two do not have to be mutually exclusive if we are all One. I firmly believe that. That is what I'm trying to do in the films I write, in the messages I write here. A love for all, a love for the actions of our life, a love for our humanity, Christian or not, Curser or not.

    As a side note: You realize that even saying here that I "love God and Christ" could be taken by some who would say, "Oh no, you're one of those guys!" I say to them, and those who worry about my cursing from time to time - or a good stiff Vodka for that matter - I'm not "one of anybody, I'm me, I'm one of you! We are one in the same.

    You can't please all the people all the time. You can only be true. And in that truth, my mother's kind of truth, I firmly believe you'll discover the most magnificent gift that God has given each of us. Love."

    #127   2013/06/17 09:00AM
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    Wonderful words again from Corbin. I didn't watch the show but I have heard about it. I have no problem with what he said.

    Thanks HP!

    #128   2013/06/18 09:23AM
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    Hi, Everyone. Hope you are all having a wonderful day so far. Corbin posted this about two hours ago:

    "Up in Vancouver today for Psych. Wow, the traveling... Moving around so much does cause one to get introspective, maybe being so high, above the clouds, above it all, time to reflect on those things that bind us to the earth but not the truths of the Heavens Above. (Unintended plug for my next movie "Beyond the Heavens - October release - stay tuned!)

    But I do tend to reflect when flying, traveling between "here and there." Felt very close to my mom last night when flying last night... connecting the dots of the whole Emmy event, reaching out to her, seeking her truth, her honest. Landed with a feeling of closure about it all... I could only see her bright smile, no words, just a smile on her face, content... her eyes slightly squinted, challenging me, daring me to continue in the same manner. Yes! A challenge! That would definitely be her... "Are you truly comfortable in yourself, your expression? Do you have the balls!" She would quietly do that to those she mentored... teach us, breath the lesson, and then say, "now, it's up to you... do you have the stuff to back it up?" I suppose that's what she told me when I decided to become an actor... "go train, learn it, become it, become one with it... now, can you stand on the stage and take it? Can you take the criticism, can you take the surge, the rush, the overwhelming thrill of the moment and keep your balance? Can you take the defeat, the pain, the mud? Can you swim in the mud because that's often where you'll find yourself." Yes, she would train us then challenge us.

    That was what the Emmys were about, a challenge. Yes, it was an honest attempt to honor her as she would have it ... but the bigger picture... the journey she handed off to me in her passing... it was a challenge. Do I play it safe or do I be true? It was only in her truth that my mom could get away with half the stuff she did... because it was honest, human, and always, always done with respect and her ultimate love for her fellow man.

    So yes, up there at 36,000 feet, where I was still questioning myself, the truth of my actions, she was smiling... "okay, you passed that one... but still, do you have the balls... your journey has only begun."

    And then I landed. And truthfully, I feel more in touch with everything God intended for me than ever... both in my personal life, but maybe even more importantly in my professional life. I know I want to tell stories of faith, family, and community... highlighting the best of our human capabilities for compassion, love and ability. I know I want the stories to travel from a truthful darkness to the light, the magnificence of our creation and gift... and this is very important... I want the journey from dark to light to be honest, feel familiar with the the truth of our times in it's portrayal. Does that take certain language? Does that take certain events on screen to feel true? I think it does. But I also know it will offend some. In the end, it will always, always be about enlightenment and a for me, a journey toward good, the magnificent and ultimately what I know to be God. The only question I wrestle with... how pot holed do I make the road to it in my quest for honesty, to bring those into the fold who would flinch at anything but that. I want my very own sons to recognize the road... be drawn to it... and know the light at the end of the tale. I do this for them, for their generation and all who feel a bit disconnected from a loving humanity that was intended.

    That is the greatest gift my mom gave me - both in life, and in her passing... She put my shoes at the door with a piece of fruit and a biscuit to fill my belly, a taste of water to keep my whistle wet... and a note that said, "Go forth! Stay true and go forth!"

    The truth of her message was so clear, all in that little smile and twinkle in her eye... I felt so close to her up there, above it all...

    Maybe we were soaring a little higher than 36,000 feet!

    Truth and love, the words of the day."

    #129   2013/06/19 03:29PM
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    Hi, Everyone. Hope you are all having a nice Wednesday. Corbin posted this about seven hours ago:

    "Back in Los Angeles and back to the drawing board...

    People often ask me what I like best; acting, writing or directing. My usual answer and that while I love acting, I've grown to love the process that involves all three, at once, working on a single project. I love switching gears from one to the other... on a dime. But then pressed for a single answer I normally default to writing. Something fascinates me about the blank page... the clean slate... back to the drawing board. You have to tap into the deepest of inspiration to utter a first word, a first letter of that word. It ultimately makes you go to the source of all things and draw from it an idea, a concept, a story. I LOVE that process! I love the exercise, the challenge because suddenly revealed is who you really are. You become vulnerable... in touch and out of touch all at once. It then is up to you how truthful you want to be in that reveal, but no matter what you put down on paper (or a blank screen) - even if you deter from honesty - you know it. You know what you've left on the table in terms of truth.

    Today I do feel like it's time for a new page. The Emmys and all the events of the last few weeks; the memorial, and even a celebration at the TV Festival in Monte Carlo honoring the Young and the Restless, I feel like there is some closure to my mom's passing. We are now dealing with perhaps the last mortal ties she had the earth... her "things" she left behind. The house, her stuff... so much stuff!

    NOTE TO SELF: Start lightening the load for my kids. Her stuff makes my stuff look like minimal living! Garage sale at my house this weekend! Kidding. Please don't show up!

    There is a sadness to it - unloading the stuff - but also a cleansing. You suddenly realize the "stuff" of our lives isn't what represents our life. My mom is so much more than all of that - I've learned that over the last few months. But still, you have to deal with it. And so we will. Respectfully. Quietly.

    But the new page is ready. I'm staring it straight in the face! And it scares me a bit because included in that is the natural ability to "forget" and move on. I think that is one of the greatest gifts we have, that ability to get over the great obstacles in life... clean up after the storm and rebuild... rebound from accidents and illness, correct our wrong doings. Our ability to change and adapt; absolute magnificence! But it does scare me... I know I'll never forget my mother completely, but even her fading away into the background... right now... just not sure how I feel about that. I so enjoy keeping her alive, right here, with all of you, each day. And that will continue... but the hard core reminders... no matter how persistent I am, they will fade. That is natural. That is a gift so I may move forward.

    I'm excited. The writer in me is excited. That challenge once again looking me squarely in the face... time to invent, interpret and inspire.

    So here I go.... here we go..."


    (To be continued)

    #130   2013/06/20 09:41AM
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    Good Thursday Afternoon, Everyone. Corbin posted this about two hours ago:

    "The passing of James Gandolfini at 51 yesterday - a terrific actor I never had the good fortune of meeting or working with - reminds me of how lucky my mom was to make it to 84 and continue acting right up to the moments before her passing. It reminds me of my own luck to continue working (with 60 starring me down!)

    I'm also struck with the reality of how fragile this life is. We are to some degree like a coastline, subtly shifting our shape and measure with the waters that touch our shores, and then, sometimes without warning, a rogue wave crashes down on us and changes our dimensions forever. In an instant, life is altered.

    I suppose the take away is the old adage; live in the moment, appreciate the moment, live for today... any one of those. And they are true. But perhaps even more true is to appreciate the larger picture and appreciate the fragility. That's where you appreciate the gift of this life, in knowing it's full potentials; the ones we celebrate, and the ones we fear. Only in knowing those, appreciating the full scope of this life can we truly live in the moment. And all of this of course leads back to mom...

    If ever there was someone who lived in the moment, it was her. 'No line on the horizon." She's the only person I've ever known who could utter a sentence that went something like this," You're a stupid little fu**er, a fu**ing idiot! How can I help you?" She let you know that you failed at the lowest level, but then in the same instant let you know that she was there to lift you up. And along the way, she didn't edit much. Sometimes that became a problem for those around her, especially me. Often, time was short and she'd go off on a rant (that ultimately had great meaning) but it would just go on and on. (Makes my rants here look like one word poems) I always knew there was some extremely important point being made, but I had to endure the full lecture if I was to find it. And that was often annoying. But I usually stayed the course and listened, struggling to mine the gold hidden in her speech. Thank God the phone would ring or some other Divine intervention came along to bring the lesson to a close, but by the end, I usually got it. That was her way, the moment was sometimes several minutes, but she was always in it! Fully! Committed.

    I think that's why she uttered the improvised "Goodnight" in the final piece of acting that she would ever do. Something in her knew, instinctively, by being in the most precise of moments, that those would be her final words. That's what being in the moment is about.

    So today, while I pray for James Gandolfini and his family, I will, from his premature passing, take that lesson and give personal meaning to a man I never met. I will appreciate the fragility of this gift of life, and in doing so resolve to live each moment of this day to it's fullest, filling it with light, beauty, love and grace.

    May all the deaths of all our loved ones, our fellow man, not be in vein."

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