Jeanne Cooper at the 2010 Daytime Emmys. (Jordan Strauss / Invision/AP)

“It opened up reconstructive surgery for so many people, youngsters getting things done. To this day, people will come up to me and say, ‘Thank you so much for doing that. My mom or I had something done and not just cosmetic surgery.’ That was an incredible experience in my life.”

Jeanne Cooper, the long-running star of “The Young and the Restless,” who, far from trying to conceal her 1984 facelift, had it written into the storyline, so that her grand dame character Katherine Chancellor got one at the same time. Cooper died Wednesday at the age of 84, after nearly four decades on the popular soap opera. Did you know that Corbin Bernsen of “L.A. Law” is her son? A nice obituary from the Associated Press: Jeanne Cooper of ‘Young and the Restless’ dies at 84

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