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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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31.

Northerner    

rest in peace sweety! going to miss seeing you around and have enjoyed your various characters over the years.

816 days ago
32.

Denver    

She was fantastic as Ms Landingham. She didnt take any guff from the President. It was a sad episode when they killed off her character in a car accident. RIP for real this time...

816 days ago
33.

lee    

Life imitating art.

816 days ago
34.

Cricket    

A very talented and special lady. Rest in Peace. My condolences to her family and friends.

816 days ago
35.

rich-arrrd    

This was sad news =/ I enjoyed her work.

816 days ago
36.

haveababybymebaby    

thats sad news.rip

816 days ago
37.

eddsbar    

so sad, glad she got to play her last role as a reality. I cried when she passed on the show....Now I will cry again..........

816 days ago
38.

jordii    

I liked her on Desperate Housewives but I loved her as Mrs. Landinham on West Wing. Great actress.

816 days ago
39.

There's a problem here    

Loved her as Mrs Landingham. I'm glad she had good work and recognition into her later years. RIP.

816 days ago
40.

Mandy    

RIP

816 days ago
41.

Emily Jane    

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

Mispelled Housewives.

816 days ago
42.

linda    

She was a classy lady and great actress.. She is missed. Condolences to her family, friends, and all who had the privilege of working with her throughout her career. RIP Mrs. McKluskey

816 days ago
43.

dd    

sad

816 days ago
44.

Ryan    

thank you god for giving this lady to gives us tears laugh and just plain old joy. Thank you Kathryn and thank you god, again, for allowing us to say goodbye to the unforgettable Karen McKluskey one last time a couple weeks ago..
I dedicate this song to Kathryn and Karen
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52_aCVBFlkE

816 days ago
45.

John Galt    

"Houewives"?

816 days ago
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