THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS fans who have been waiting for their favorite matriarch, Jeanne Cooper (Katherine), to finally pen her memoirs need wait no longer! Her autobiography, Not Young, Still Restless, will hit bookstores and on-line retailers like Amazon.com on Tuesday, July 31.
The Emmy winner tells Soaps In Depth that it wasn’t easy for her to revisit certain chapters, as it were, in her 84 years of life. “It brings back all sorts of feelings! You get angry all over again!” Cooper says, giving her trademark throaty chuckle. “Writing your autobiography is a lot like therapy.”
Indeed, Cooper’s good friend, Barbara Hale (PERRY MASON), was amazed by the effort. “She was like, ‘Oh my God, how did you put it down in a book? How did you get started?’ I’m like, ‘Please don’t ask me that, Barbara!'”
Of course, the showbiz vet is well aware that some of her revelations might raise eyebrows — like her affair with Beau Kazer, who recurs as her Y&R son, Brock. “I asked Beau’s permission to tell people about it, and he said, ‘Duchess, I love you and I’ve always loved you. I’d marry you tomorrow,'” she recounts. “I said, ‘But you’re already married!’ He said, ‘It doesn’t matter — I’d marry you, too!'”
While Cooper said she was careful in what she revealed, not wanting to be vindictive or mean-spirited, does she have any regrets after seeing her life story in print? “No. I have no regrets. Not a thing!”
To pre-order yourself a copy of Not Young, Still Restless, click here. And keep your eye out for a feature interview with Cooper in an upcoming CBS issue of Soaps In Depth, where she will reveal more secrets from her book!