UPDATE: Young and the Restless' Jeanne Cooper airing for the holidays

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Jeanne Cooper (Katherine, Young and the Restless)

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As previously reported on Soapdom.com, Jeanne Cooper (Katherine, The Young and the Restless) is headed back to work.

I just got off the phone with Grande Dame, Cooper, and am so happy to say that she has recuperated from her recent illness and is doing fine. When I offered that one would never say Jeanne Copper and illness in the same sentence, the 82 year-old TV veteran just laughed.

"Well, you know it shows that in life you never know what can hit. Maybe it was time for a rest," Cooper jokes. "I have to tell you.  I'm doing great.  I go to work next week, and should start airing around the holidays. I always say, things may slow you down, but never give up."

It was a bad virus infection that took Cooper for a loop.  It knocked her down for a bit, but she is finally over it.

As we spoke, Cooper, in her usual charming mood, shared that she was getting ready for a morning massage. A good sign that she is up and about.

"You know, I was ill. It really hit. But it was my fault. I should of taken care of this problem a long time ago. I guess it's a learning thing. But again, I am doing well, and I want to thank the cast, crew, and of course the fans for their support for prayers, cards, and well wishes. THANK YOU ALL!"

Soapdom of course is happy to spread the news, and as we all know, there is and will always be, one Katherine.