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Kathryn Joosten

  • Birthplace: Eustis, Florida
  • Birthday: December 20
Date of passing: 
June 02, 2012

Obituary

Kathryn Joosten (1939-2012) portrayed “Karen McCluskey” for eight years on ABC series Desperate Housewives – a role for which she won two Primetime Emmy® Awards. A former psychiatric nurse, Joosten switched gears into acting at the age of 42.

Kathryn Joosten (1939-2012) portrayed “Karen McCluskey” for eight years on ABC series Desperate Housewives – a role for which she won two Primetime Emmy® Awards. A former psychiatric nurse, Joosten switched gears into acting at the age of 42. She has made guest appearances in such popular television series as Home Improvement, Dharma & Greg, Las Vegas, The Drew Carey Show, Frazier, Just Shoot Me!, ER and Seinfeld. Joosten appeared alongside Will Ferrell in Wedding Crashers and as “Aunt Jackie” in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.

Joosten, who succumbed to lung cancer on June 1, 2012, also served as a governor of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. (See the official Television Academy statement acknowledging Joosten's passing.) 

 

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AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

4 Nominations 2 Emmys

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series - 2012

  • Nominee
  • Kathryn Joosten, as Karen McCluskey
  • Desperate Housewives
  • ABC
  • A Space Floor TV and Kudos Production in association with 20th Century Fox and ABC Studios

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series - 2010

  • Nominee
  • Kathryn Joosten, as Karen McCluskey
  • Desperate Housewives
  • "The Chase"
  • ABC
  • A Space Floor TV and Kudos Production in association with 20th Century Fox and ABC Studios

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series - 2008

  • Winner
  • Kathryn Joosten, as Karen McCluskey
  • Desperate Housewives
  • ABC
  • A Space Floor TV and Kudos Production in association with 20th Century Fox and ABC Studios

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series - 2005

  • Winner
  • Kathryn Joosten, as Mrs. McClusky
  • Desperate Housewives
  • ABC
  • A Space Floor TV and Kudos Production in association with 20th Century Fox and ABC Studios

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