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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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myopinion    

rip Kathryn

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wittygee    

wow, I balled when her character passed in the finale. i didn't realize she was actually sick. loved your work ms. joosten...rip

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Kat    

I will always love your work....you were the best...many blessings on your new journey...love and hugs...

780 days ago
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Chrisstine Hinds    

Just lost my Brother in march (Lungs Cancer) he smoked for 40 years.My sympathy goes out to her family. She was a very good Actress.

780 days ago
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Straight Talkin Texan    

This is sad. Her character "Karen" on "Desperate Housewives" had cancer, and I wondered how the actress looked so much like a person with cancer. Now I know.

Btw, TMZ, please fix the typo in the second reference to the show. As written, you have "Houewives." It's missing an "s."

779 days ago
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DR SICK    

She really helped make Desperate Housewives. It's ironic she was dying of cancer in real life and on the show. Bless her soul

779 days ago
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DR SICK    

She really made Deserpate Houswives funny. Ironic she had cancer in the show and died from it in reality. God bless her Soul.

779 days ago
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Pittslady    

I really loved this lady..R I P

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