22 March 2013 9:30 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

In honor of The Young and the Restless’ 40th anniversary on March 26, EW asked Jeanne Cooper — who, at 84, has been on the CBS soap longer than any of her castmates — to remember how she first came to the daytime drama in 1973 and why she’s still a part of the series today. She also selected some of her favorite episodes, linked below.

“(My agent) said ‘I know you. You won’t like doing it. Even with the stage you don’t like doing it for six months. You will get very bored playing the same person.’ I said you’re right, »

- Jeanne Cooper

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