It's hard to believe it's already been a year since we lost "The Duchess". Corbin Bernsen, son of the late Jeanne Cooper, is reprising the role of Father Todd Williams next month on CBS Daytime's The Young and the Restless.
The actor sat down for a moving interview with TV Guide Magazine's Michael Logan, previewing his June 19 return engagement to the soap and reflecting on the legacy of Cooper and the unforgettable Katherine Chancellor. Here's an excerpt:
TV Guide Magazine: That lady was such a world-class survivor it felt like we'd always have her with us. It's still hard to believe she's gone.
Bernsen: After she started her decline there was a point where she actually rallied and was well enough to leave the hospital and go home. That didn't last more than a couple of days and she had to go back, but during that time it really felt like she'd pull through. I wasn't sure if she'd ever be able to drive again and do stuff like that but I was certain she'd get well enough to come back to Y&R and play Katherine Chancellor. But, looking back, I think she knew that wasn't going to happen. It sure seems that way when you look at her last episode on Y&R — that final scene on the staircase. But that's not the image of her that I keep in my heart and in my mind. I always choose to remember the moment that was the best of Jeanne Cooper — those photos where she's in that wild dress triumphantly hoisting up the Emmy the night she finally won the damn thing. She was so proud, so happy.