'Desperate Housewives' actress Kathryn Joosten dead at 72

kathryn-joosten-getty.jpgEmmy-winning actress Kathryn Joosten died Friday (June 1) from lung cancer. She was 72.

Joosten had an extensive career in both TV and film, but she was probably best known for her award-winning work as Karen McCluskey on "Desperate Housewives." For this she earned two Emmys, in 2005 and 2008, as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.

She was featured in another well known program, "The West Wing." Here Joosten played Dolores Landingham, the secretary of President Bartlet. She also had recurring roles in "Dharma and Greg" and "Joan of Arcadia."

Her passing was mourned by her former "Housewives" co-star Dana Delany.

"Very sad to hear of Kathy Joosten's death. She was a salt-of-the earth nurse who became a brilliant actor. Her comic timing was nonpareil," Delany writes on Twitter. "Kathryn spoke openly and passionately about her fight with lung cancer. It is our loss that she is gone."

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