Wilma Jeanne Cooper was an American actress who gained fame for portraying Katherine Chancellor in the CBS soap opera ‘The Young and the Restless’ from 1973 to 2003. A native Californian, Cooper dropped her first name ‘Wilma’ when she was in the fifth grade. She made her screen debut in the 1953 action-drama film ‘The Redhead from Wyoming’. Distinguished by her husky voice and rhytidectomy appearance, she was a starlet for Universal-International in the 1950s. Over the course of her six-decade-long career, she accumulated over 130 acting credits, many of which were for soap operas. Cooper was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards and ten Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She won one Daytime Emmy as well as the 2004 Daytime Emmy for Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1993, she received a television Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.