Kathryn Joosten, 'Desperate Housewives' and 'West Wing' star, dies at 72
Kathryn Joosten, the Emmy-winning actress best known as the irascible Karen McCluskey on Desperate Housewives and President Bartlet’s trusty secretary Mrs. Landingham on The West Wing, died Friday, June 1, of lung cancer. She was 72.
Joosten’s memorable roles on the two Emmy-winning dramas — she played
the no-nonsense Dolores Landingham on Wing for three seasons and became a
series regular on Housewives in 2004 — were particularly significant
because of her late entry into Hollywood. The star, who working as a
psychiatric nurse in Illinois and living with her husband and two sons,
decided to follow her lifelong dream of acting after