Kathryn Joosten, the Emmy-winning character actress known for playing Karen McCluskey on “Desperate Housewives” and Mrs. Landingham on “The West Wing,” died on Saturday at her home in Los Angeles. She was 72.
Ms. Joosten’s death was confirmed by her family. She had suffered from lung cancer for 11 years.
Because Joosten was an advocate for lung-cancer awareness and research, she agreed to the plot turn on "Housewives" that mirrored her off-screen life.
She also appeared on many landmark TV shows such 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", "Gilmore Girls", "Dharma &Greg", "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".
Joosten was also a long-tme WIF member.
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