Kathryn Joosten

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Kathryn Joosten
Kathryn Joosten in 2011 (cropped).jpg
Joosten in May 2011
BornKathryn Rausch
(1939-12-20)December 20, 1939
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.[1]
DiedJune 2, 2012(2012-06-02) (aged 72)
Westlake Village, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Lung cancer
OccupationActress
Years active1982–2012
Known forKaren McCluskey,
Delores Landingham
TelevisionDesperate Housewives,
The West Wing
Children2 sons
AwardsEmmy Awards (2005, 2008)
Website
www.kathrynjoosten.com
 
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Kathryn Joosten
Kathryn Joosten in 2011 (cropped).jpg
Joosten in May 2011
BornKathryn Rausch
(1939-12-20)December 20, 1939
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.[1]
DiedJune 2, 2012(2012-06-02) (aged 72)
Westlake Village, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Lung cancer
OccupationActress
Years active1982–2012
Known forKaren McCluskey,
Delores Landingham
TelevisionDesperate Housewives,
The West Wing
Children2 sons
AwardsEmmy Awards (2005, 2008)
Website
www.kathrynjoosten.com

Kathryn Joosten (December 20, 1939 – June 2, 2012)[2] was an American television actress best known for her regular role as Karen McCluskey in Desperate Housewives, for which she won two Emmy Awards, and for her recurring role in The West Wing as Delores Landingham.

Early life[edit]

Joosten was born Kathryn Rausch in Chicago, Illinois to Dutch-German Parents.[1][3] Her first career was as a psychiatric nurse at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, living in nearby Lake Forest, Illinois, where she married a psychiatrist and raised two sons. Following her 1980 divorce,[3] she began acting in community theater in 1982, at age 42.[4]

Career[edit]

In 1992, she was hired as a street performer working for Disney World in Orlando, Florida. In 1995, she moved to Hollywood, where she took guest roles in television series such as Roseanne, Home Improvement, Picket Fences, Murphy Brown, ER, Seinfeld, Frasier, Just Shoot Me!, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dharma & Greg, Las Vegas and The Drew Carey Show. In a 1997 episode of Frasier, "Roz's Turn", Joosten appeared as Vera, the mother and personal secretary of Frasier's conniving agent, Bebe Glazer, played by Harriet Sansom Harris. The pair would later be reunited to play opposite neighbors in Desperate Housewives.

In 1999, Joosten took the role of Mrs. Landingham, personal secretary to President Josiah Bartlet (played by Martin Sheen) in The West Wing. Joosten played the role for two seasons, until her character's death in a car crash in 2001, and returned to the show twice more in flashback appearances. Her role on The West Wing gave her an entrance into more significant guest roles on notable television series.

Since 2001, she appeared in such shows as Scrubs (appearing in "My Old Lady", which won a Humanitas Prize as well as reappearing in two later episodes), My Name is Earl, Spin City, The X-Files, Judging Amy, Monk, Charmed, Will & Grace, Malcolm in the Middle, Grey's Anatomy, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Reba, So Little Time, Gilmore Girls, The Closer and a recurring role as one of the less intimidating incarnations of God seen by the title character (played by Amber Tamblyn) on the TV series Joan of Arcadia. In 2005, Joosten appeared in the film Wedding Crashers, starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.

Joosten had a recurring role on Desperate Housewives as Karen McCluskey. For this role, Joosten won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2005 and 2008 and once again was nominated for 2010, and appeared as a presenter at the 2005 and 2008 Emmy Awards telecasts. She received Screen Actors Guild Award nominations with the rest of the cast for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series from 2006–2008. She was promoted to a member of the regular cast in Season 6. However, the Emmys still billed her as a "Guest Actress" when she was nominated for a third time for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for the 2010 Emmys. She was then nominated for a fourth Emmy, this time for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2012. She played Aunt Jackie in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel in 2009.

Joosten at the 2009 Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony

In 2009, Joosten and Lily Tomlin were in talks to star in a Desperate Housewives spin-off.[5] The spin-off was given a preliminary green light to proceed.[6] However, the series did not proceed.

Health[edit]

Joosten appeared in numerous television commercials such as those for V8 and Fiber One. In 2007, in an appearance on The View, she revealed that she was in remission from lung cancer, after many years of chain smoking (which she had by then quit). She offered some tips on how to beat the habit of smoking. Coincidentally, her guest roles on My Name is Earl and Grey's Anatomy revolved largely around her character attempting to quit smoking. In 2001, she quit her 45-year smoking habit when she was diagnosed with lung cancer.[7] In September 2009, Joosten was diagnosed with lung cancer for a second time. She subsequently underwent surgery and four rounds of chemotherapy, and was found to be cancer-free in January 2010.

Joosten made a guest appearance on The Bold and the Beautiful on February 7, 2011, as part of the show's 6000th episode, which featured several other real-life lung cancer survivors discussing their experiences with two of the show's characters, played by Susan Flannery and Jack Wagner, who were dealing with lung cancer.[8]

Joosten was named the national spokesperson for the Lung Cancer Profiles campaign on behalf of Pfizer.[9]

Death[edit]

Joosten died of lung cancer on the morning of June 2, 2012, after an 11-year battle with the disease. Coincidentally, her death occurred twenty days after the onscreen death from cancer of her Desperate Housewives character, Karen McCluskey.[2]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1987SableWaitress1 episode
1995PointmanLois1 episode
Family MattersGrocery checker1 episode
Picket FencesWaitress1 episode
Grace Under FireIda Reilly1 episode
19963rd Rock from the SunCafeteria lady1 episode
ERLois1 episode
RoseanneCarol / Supermarket customer2 episodes (separate roles)
Goode BehaviorUnknown1 episode
Murphy BrownSecretary #831 episode
Boston CommonMrs. Schuster1 episode
1997SeinfeldWarden Betsy1 episode
FrasierVera1 episode
ProfilerMorganna Styles1 episode
Men Behaving BadlySaleswoman1 episode
NYPD BlueMrs. Prows1 episode
Life with RogerMrs. Mitchell1 episode
Brooklyn SouthMrs. Mariah Westbrook2 episodes
1998PreyLandlady1 episode
Just Shoot Me!Mrs. Pierce1 episode
Nanny, TheThe NannyWard nurse1 episode
1998–2003Drew Carey Show, TheThe Drew Carey ShowNatalie / Ruth2 episodes (separate roles)
1998–2001Dharma and GregClaire7 episodes (recurring role)
1999Home ImprovementThelma McCreedy1 episode
ThanksMrs. Sturges3 episodes
Tracey Takes On...Waitress1 episode
1999–2001ProvidenceMrs. Nielsen / Miss O'Meara2 episodes (separate roles)
1999–2002West Wing, TheThe West WingDolores Landingham30 episodes (recurring role)
2000Buffy the Vampire SlayerGenevive Holt1 episode
BeckerMrs. Goldsmith1 episode
2001Ally McbealSister Alice1 episode
Arli$$Kirby's mother1 episode
Dead LastNurse1 episode
Raising DadUnknown1 episode
Spin CitySister Agnes1 episode
2001–09ScrubsMrs. Tanner3 episodes: 1 uncredited
2002X-Files, TheThe X-FilesAgent Edie Boal1 episode
TitusBetty1 episode
Division, TheThe DivisionConstance "Connie" Langtry1 episode
So Little TimeLouise Van Horn1 episode
Even StevensEdna Manning1 episode
2002–03General HospitalIda Warren5 episodes
2003Judging AmyJudge Drabowsky1 episode
A.U.S.A.Ginny Romano2 episodes
Hope & FaithFuneral guestUncredited
CharmedMagician's wife / assistant1 episode
Less Than PerfectOld lady1 episode
Strong MedicineMrs. Nolan1 episode
King of Queens, TheThe King of QueensMaureen1 episode
2003–05Joan of ArcadiaElderly woman (incarnation of God)8 episodes
2003–08MonkNeysa Gordon / Nurse Stempelseparate roles: 2 episodes
2004Curb Your EnthusiasmWoman at reception1 episode
10-8: Officers on DutyMrs. Utenberger1 episode
Will & GraceFelicia1 episode
Yes, DearClaire Atkinson1 episode
Life with BonniePhyllis1 episode
EverwoodMrs. Hammerhill1 episode
Gilmore GirlsMazie Fortner1 episode
Breaking DawnNeighbor
Cheaper by the Dozen 2Patron
2005Grey's AnatomyStephanie Drake1 episode
Love, Inc.Doris1 episode
Wedding CrashersChazz's Mom
Malcolm in The MiddleClaire1 episode
2005–08My Name Is EarlDonny's mother2 episodes
2005–12Desperate HousewivesKaren McCluskey87 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series (Won; 2005, 2008, Nominated; 2010)
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2012)
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2006, 2007, 2008)
2006RebaDirector1 episode
Suite Life of Zack & Cody, TheThe Suite Life of Zack & CodyGrandma Marilyn1 episode
Evidence, TheThe EvidenceMidge1 episode
SavedEvelyn Wilson1 episode
2007In Case of EmergencyMrs. Walsh1 episode
Closer, TheThe CloserNurse Townsend1 episode
2008Las VegasRobby1 episode
2009Alvin and the Chipmunks: The SqueakquelAunt Jackie
2011Bold and the Beautiful, TheThe Bold and the BeautifulHerself
The Cleveland ShowHazel
Mega Python vs. GatoroidAngie
2012The MentalistElderly neighbor1 episode

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Harrington, Nancy (May 9, 2012). "Kathryn Joosten interview (Chapter 1) - May 9, 2012". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation's Archive of American Television. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Kathryn Joosten, 'Desperate Housewives' actress, dead from lung cancer at 72". Today. June 2, 2012. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Kathryn Joosten". The Daily Telegraph. June 5, 2012. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ Biodata at Joosten's official website, retrieved March 26, 2010
  5. ^ Rorke, Robert (May 12, 2009). "'Wives' Spins". New York Post. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ Rorke, Robert (May 18, 2009). "Galloping 'Girls'". New York Post. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  7. ^ Dagostino, Mark (September 14, 2009). "'Desperate Housewives' actress has lung cancer". People. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  8. ^ IMDb profile
  9. ^ "Kathryn Joosten". MetroSeeker.com. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 

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