My first encounter with “The Young and The Restless” character Katherine "Kay" Chancellor was when Jill Foster was carrying Phillip Chancellor's child.
In true soap opera fashion, Phillip was Kay's husband, hence the scandalous drama that unfolded before our eyes as we watched the perfect storm explode all over the fictional town of Genoa City as two women were caught up in an absolutely impossible situation.
My heart went out to both of them at the time and I was truly amazed at how everything eventually worked it's way out.
There were obvious lessons to be learned from this story, but as we tuned in day after day it was clear that a fire had been lit and though these two women fought each other tooth and nail, the fire that kindled through the years, was busy forging a friendship between them that would bind them together as “family” standing the test of time and all that life would bring.
For such a refined lady, Kay Chancellor was a "tough dame" in every sense and she could give as good as she got and more, but there was something in Kay's eyes that seemed to hold a promise of something wonderful, something that I sensed was more than likely to be discovered down the road so to speak, before we the viewers would eventually see it come to fruition.
As the years went by, I watched Kay Chancellor grow through her many trials and tribulations, finding a fascinating journey to her eventual emergence as that “Grand Dame” that I saw the promise of that very first day, complete with a beautiful and generous heart that was big enough to fit everyone inside it.
Kay's son, “Brock” referred to her as “The Duchess.” An apt description for the great “Lady” she always was.
Eric Braeden's character, "Victor Newman" recently said, that "Kay was a force to be reckoned with,” and I agree.
Kay Chancellor is an all encompassing presence and her mark on Genoa City is as indelible as the indomitable spirit of the actress who portrayed her so wonderfully.
With that, I thank you Ms. Jeanne Cooper for all the magic and memories that is your generous legacy to all of us.