Continued from page 1

“The Young and the Restless” has topped the daytime serial ratings for more than 24 years, in part because of the continuity provided by Miss Cooper and its other long-time stars, including Eric Braeden. It has held its ground as the genre diminished in popularity and the majority of soaps vanished.

Miss Cooper’s 30-year marriage to Harry Bernsen ended in divorce. The couple had three children — Corbin, Caren and Collin — and eight grandchildren.