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Kathryn Joosten

Dead at 72

6/2/2012 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0602_Kathryn_Joosten_gettyKathryn Joosten, perhaps best known for her role as Karen McKluskey on "Desperate Housewives," died Friday after a long bout with lung cancer. She was 72.

Joosten won Emmys in 2005 and 2008 for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on "Housewives." She was nominated for a third time in 2010.

Joosten also played Mrs. Landingham for two seasons on the show "The West Wing."

She was first diagnosed with lung cancer in 2001 and it returned in September 2009.

A rep for the actress says she was surrounded by family when she passed.

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croc    

so sad, really liked her and her work
as a actress..guess she wasnt kidding on 'housewives'..her last role and the truth.
RIP, sorry for her family.

817 days ago
2.

Jen    

RIP, cancer sucks ass.

817 days ago
3.

EatMe    

wow, I didn't realize her character was imitating her real life struggles. RIP Kathryn

817 days ago
4.

Duilama    

Oh dear, she was so endearing!

RIP, God bless!

817 days ago
5.

Becky    

Awwwwm just like in the series finale. Kathryn, you were a great addition to that show. God bless you Mrs. McClusky and Mrs. Joosten.

817 days ago
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sparced    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioYBeTI7kkQ

video of kathryn about the finale and lung cancer.

817 days ago
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Gigohead     

Loved her! Read in Forbes that she became an actress later in life after her sons were grown and was struggling to pay bills. She really was an inspiration to those who feel perhaps it is too late to do what you want in life. She proved you can do it!

817 days ago
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justagirl    

I absolutely LOVE HER and she will be missed! Love to all of her family and friends. She was truly a blessing and was such a special person. Truly one of a kind.

817 days ago
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Bianca    

Kathryn smoked for 45 years, but had quit. Such a shame, the damage was done. Horrible, horrible disease and way to die. Hope her family can find peace in the joy she brought so many.

817 days ago
10.

ts    

so sad rip

817 days ago
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stu    

My guess is she'll win in 2012 too. But it should be for best SUPPORTING actress.

817 days ago
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bring back recent posts    

AWWWWWWWWWWWWW...wow...what a courageous woman too be able too continue her part...no idea it was for real...I hope ONE person quits smoking today...bless her heart..I loved her on the show!

817 days ago
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Shana    

You spelled 'housewives' wrong in the story.

817 days ago
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If sense were common everyone would have it.    

NO! I loved her as Mrs. Lanningham on West Wing. She was the only one who could tell the president off. Condolences to her family and I hope she rests in peace.

817 days ago
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Aaron    

I would stop and watch because I saw her in a role...

817 days ago
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