Kathryn Joosten, 'Desparate Housewives' actress dies 72

Kathryn Joosten (December 20, 1939 – June 1, 2012) was an American television actress best known for her regular role as Karen McCluskey in Desperate Housewives, for which she won two Emmy Awards, and for her recurring role in The West Wing as Dolores Landingham.

In 2005 and 2008, Joosten won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress - Comedy Series for her portrayal of Karen McCluskey in Desperate Housewives.

In 2001, she quit her 45 year smoking habit when she was diagnosed with lung cancer. In September 2009, Joosten was diagnosed with lung cancer for a second time. She subsequently underwent surgery and four rounds of chemotherapy, and was officially declared cancer-free in January 2010.

Kathryn Joosten cause of death
Joosten subsequently died of lung cancer on June 1, 2012. Her death followed, by a few weeks, the on-screen death of her character Karen McCluskey on the final episode of Desperate Housewives.

I loved her quirkey

I loved her quirkey personality. Her I won't take crap from anyone. Lovely lady
who will be missed. I also appreciate her bravery during cancer treatments!

She was a fabulous actress

She was a fabulous actress whose presence on the show brought joy to those who watched the show. She will be missed. God rest her soul.

A fan

Oh I liked her and watched

Oh I liked her and watched the end of Desperate Housewives 3 times. She didn't let her illness stop her from acting. It's what she loved.

She played her older women

She played her older women character with humor, honesty, and was the most real and believable person on the show. Wonderful actress. Other actresses, take note. Aging is not a crime.

I really enjoyed Desperate

I really enjoyed Desperate Housewives.

On the final episode, which aired less than a month before her death, her character died of cancer.

I truely liked her on the

I truely liked her on the show...DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES....!!!! Rest in peace