June 2, 2012 at 9:47 pm #245205
I think that Kathryn Joosten is important enough to merit her own tribute thread.
For the longest time, I only knew of Kathyrn Joosten as “Mrs. Landingham” (which she was wonderful in), but she’s been on countless television shows in her late-starting career besides “The West Wing,” including roles on “Scrubs,” “Joan of Arcadia,” “Monk,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “Glimore Girls,” “Will & Grace,” “My Name Is Earl,” “The X-Files,” “Ally McBeal,” “ER,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Murphy Brown,” and many others (most recently, “Harry’s Law”). And of course, the other role that she’ll probably be best known for to the public was Mrs. Karen McCluskey on “Desperate Housewives,” the role that won her two Primetime Emmys for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.
As far as character actors go, she was one of the best that television had. It’s sad that her battle with lung cancer ended this way, but her work legacy stretched wide and affected many viewers, and it was close to not happening at all.
RIP Kathryn Joosten.
actress Kathryn Joosten dies at 72
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Kathryn Joosten, a
character actress best known as the crotchety, yet loveable, Karen McCluskey on
“Desperate Housewives” and the president’s secretary on “The West Wing,” has died.
She was 72.
who had battled lung cancer for 11 years, died Saturday at her home in Los
Angeles, her publicist Nadine Jolson said.
“was surrounded by love and humor ’til the end,” her family said in a
statement. “We are laughing through our tears.”
won two Emmy awards for her portrayal of Mrs. McCluskey, who kept a close eye
on her Wisteria Lane neighbors on “Desperate Housewives.” The hit show ended
its eight-year run on ABC last month with a series finale in which Joosten’s
character passed away. Her character’s battle with cancer was a story line in
“Desperate Housewives” co-stars took to Twitter to express their condolences.
in peace, she was an amazing woman and a wonderful actress,” Felicity
Strong said in a tweet: “Wisteria Lane won’t be the same without
was a psychiatric nurse and single mother in suburban Chicago when she began
her acting career at 42. She wrote on her website that she pursued her
childhood dream of acting after getting involved with her hometown theater in
Lake Forest, Illinois.
said she received her first break when she was hired to be a street performer
at Disney World in Orlando, Fla. She worked odd jobs to make ends meet and
moved to Hollywood in 1995. She said she landed her first small role within
months on the comedy “Family Matters.”
the years, she found steady work appearing in such popular shows as “Dharma
& Greg,” “Ally McBeal,” and “Scrubs.” She became a familiar face to fans of
NBC’s “The West Wing” when she appeared as Dolores Landingham, President Jed
Bartlet’s trusted secretary.
people in Hollywood think of me as a model for dramatic midlife transitions:
suburban housewife to Emmy-winning actress,” she wrote on her website.
“But I never plotted a master plan for following my dreams.”
was an advocate for lung cancer awareness and research and sat on the board of
governors for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
in animal rights causes, she appeared with other celebrities at a 2008 news
conference in Los Angeles to ask the city to abandon a project for a $40
million elephant enclosure at the Los Angeles Zoo.
is survived by her sons, Jonathan and Timothy.
for a memorial service were pending.
June 2, 2012 at 11:46 pm #245207
I am so sad to hear about her passing. I did not watch The West Wing, but I enjoyed her immensely on Desperate Housewives. I do not understand why they would write her cancer storyline into Desperate Housewives when she was dealing with this in her personal life.June 2, 2012 at 11:46 pm #245208
I am so sad to hear about her passing. I did not watch The West Wing, but I enjoyed her immensely on Desperate Housewives. I do not understand why they would write her cancer storyline into Desperate Housewives when she was dealing with this in her personal life.June 3, 2012 at 2:57 am #245209
Rest in Peace Kathryn Joosten. You were truly amazing, Your performance in “Desperate Housewives” was spectacular.June 3, 2012 at 3:38 am #245210
I can’t believe this… just a few months ago I was wondering how old she was and was glad that she was still alive when I found out she was 72…
Rest in Piece Kathryn… I only knew you from The West Wing… but you touched all our hearts…June 3, 2012 at 3:44 am #245211
Terrible, terrible loss. Ms. Joosten was a wonderful actress and will be greatly missed. R.I.P.June 3, 2012 at 5:06 am #245212
I was very saddened to hear this news. What a fighter Kathryn was.June 3, 2012 at 8:34 am #245213
Betty Boop “Say You Remember It”
In David Foster’s upcoming musical, Kathryn Joosten performed this number alongside Orson Bean, who played Roy, her TV husband on Desperate Housewives. Megan Hilty (Smash) and Mark Marsri played their younger versions.
Kathryn Joosten winning her second Emmy (from 1:43)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXCGazT4SwMJune 3, 2012 at 11:17 am #245214
She was incredible as Mrs. Landingham on the West Wing.
In Excelcius Deo, 18th and Potomac and Two Cathedrals were her stand out episodes.
Sad to see her pass.June 3, 2012 at 5:58 pm #245215
Rest in peace Kathryn! I’ll always admire your desire to follow your dreams. You really proved that age is nothing but a number when you want your dreams to happen.June 3, 2012 at 10:12 pm #245216
Kathryn Joosten acted with poignancy. The last ten years-plus, with The West Wing, Scrubs, Desperate Housewives (for which she won two Emmys), My Name Is Earl, etc. Very funny, yes, but also insightful. I’m sorry she suffered with cancer. I am even more sorry for this loss.June 3, 2012 at 10:20 pm #245217
Heaven is awaiting an angel.
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