Desperate Housewives Actress Kathryn Joosten Dead At Age 72

June 2, 2012

Actress Kathryn Joosten best known for roles on Desperate Housewives and The West Wing passed away in her home in Westlake Village, California earlier today.

It was only a couple of weeks ago that Desperate Housewives fans saw Joosten’s character Karen McCluskey lose her battle with cancer and now I sadly report that the amazing actress has lost her battle with cancer as well, kind of ironic if you ask me. Like life imitating art if you will. Her family surrounded the 72-year at the time of her death.

A rep for Kathryn released this statement earlier today.

“Kathryn passed away this morning after a valiant fight against her cancer. Her family was with her. Funeral arrangements are pending. This is a terrible loss, and she fought as hard as she could.

Joosten survived a bout of lung cancer back in 2001 then in 2009 she had another cancerous growth removed from her lung. Since her diagnosis Kathryn had became an advocate for the lung cancer awareness and research.

I knew her best from Desperate Housewives but Joosten had an amazing career long before she landed he role on the ABC hit show. Many fans know and love her from The West Wing where she played secretary Mrs. Landingham. Other roles that kicked off her longstanding career included small roles on My Name Is Earl, Ally McBeal and Dharma & Greg the helped mold her into the actress she was. What I found so interesting about Kathryn is that she didn’t even start acting until she was in her 40’s yet she had such an outstanding career. Heck she even won two Emmy awards for her role of the feisty and kind of troublemaking McCluskey. Not too shabby I would say.


My thoughts and prayers go out to those that knew and loved Kathryn Joosten. She was on heck of a talented lady.

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