Family, friends, and co-workers celebrate the life of the late Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor).
The tribute begins with Jess Walton (Jill) talking about Jeanne Cooper in the Chancellor living room set. She says the passing of Katherine Chancellor will be addressed on the show and will impact hugely on the canvas.
Some of Cooper's first scenes, and most infamous scenes, are shown as well as a montage of her and Jess Walton as Jill, including their over-the-top catfights.
Clips are shown of Jeanne Cooper talking about working with Melody Thomas-Scott (Nikki) and Kate Linder (Esther), and how proud she is of her work in Daytime.
Jeanne Cooper's real-life children, Colin, Caren, and Corbin sit in the Chancellor living room set and talk about their mother's life at "Y&R." They thank the Bell family for creating the character of Katherine and the fans.
Lauralee Bell (Christine), Greg Rikaart (Kevin), Josh Morrow (Nick), Daniel Goddard (Cane), Tricia Cast (Nina), Stephen Nichols (ex-Tucker), Bryton James (Devon), Christian LeBlanc (Michael), Peter Bergman (Jack), Jess Walton (Jill), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), Liz Hendrickson (Chloe), and Kate Linder (Esther) gather on the set to tell funny stories about Jeanne Cooper from behind the scenes. Walton talks about how she was tough as nails during catfight scenes. Liz Hendrickson starts to cry as she says Jeanne had a special place for everyone.
Melody Thomas-Scott (Nikki), Eric Braeden (Victor), Tracey Bregman (Lauren), and John McCook (Eric, "B&B") join the conversation. Michelle Stafford recalls when Jeanne Cooper won her Daytime Emmy. McCook talks about the loss for the show. Old black & white photos of Jeanne in her younger days are shown.
An old clip of Eric and Jeanne as Victor and Katherine is show. Braeden gets choked up saying he loved working with Jeanne. Michael Fairman (Murphy) talks about his audition with Jeanne. Their characters' wedding is shown. Bregman recalls her favorite scene with Jeanne (when Katherine tells Lauren she's a young Katherine Chancellor), and her last scene with her. Kristoff St. John describes the aura and presence she had. Tricia Cast talks about meeting her, and Greg Rikaart remembers when their characters said 'I love you' to one another.
Some of the cast reminisce about the nicknames she used for them. She made everyone feel special. Jerry Douglas (John) has joined in. They think she was the star of the show. Kate Linder says she'd be so happy they are together, doing this. Christian LeBlanc gets choked up saying she was wonderful to be around. A clip is shown of Jeanne talking about her second family at "Y&R."
Rikaart reads an excerpt from Jeanne Cooper's book in which she refers to herself as a 'serial pincher' of the young males on set. Lauralee laughs; she never really knew about the constant ass-grabbing! Doug Davidson talks about Jeanne being there for him and his wife following a long childbirth. Morrow and Miller also share stories of her checking in when they were sick. Discussion ensues about her being a mom and grandma to everyone. Goddard says she would want everyone to say what a wonderful life she lived.
Heather Thom (ex-Victoria) says you always knew she was in your corner. The others weigh in as well, with all sorts of memories of the kind of woman she was. Braeden says, "If there's a heaven, she's up there telling stories."
Excerpts from a video interview with Jeanne Cooper are shown in which she talks about her contributions to Daytime television.
Jeanne's last scene on "Y&R" is played. The tribute ends with Jess Walton saying "Bye Jeanne," and looking up at the empty staircase.
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