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June 02, 2012

Kathryn Joosten, Primetime Emmy-Winning Actress and Television Academy Governor

In addition to winning two Emmys for her work on Desperate Housewives, Joosten had memorable roles on The West Wing and more than 20 other series. She also served multiple terms as a governor of the Television Academy's Performers Peer Group.

Kathryn Joosten, a two-time Primetime Emmy-winning actress and a longtime governor of the Television Academy's Performers Peer Group, died June 1, 2012, in Los Angeles.
Joosten, who was 72, had been diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009.

Although she was a familiar face in films and on television for more than a decade, Joosten did not pursue a professional acting career until age 42 — and arrived in Hollywood just 15 years ago.

For the role of Karen McCluskey on ABC's Desperate Housewives, Joosten received three Primetime Emmy Awards as outstanding guest actress in a comedy series, and won twice — in 2005 and 2008. She was also known for her portrayal of Mrs. Landingham, secretary to President Josiah Bartlet, played by Martin Sheen, on the NBC drama The West Wing.

A complete obituary is available here.

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