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Also Known As: Died: June 1, 2012
Born: December 20, 1939 Cause of Death: Lung Cancer
Birth Place: Eustis, Florida, USA Profession: Actress, Psychiatric Nurse

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Amidst Hollywood's ranks, finding a late bloomer attaining success on television or in film was more the exception than the rule. For Emmy-winning actress Kathryn Joosten, however, paying her dues in numerous forgettable projects ended up paving the way for her later success. Rather than toiling away for years as a waitress while trying to land auditions, she did not even catch the acting bug until middle age. And it was at that time that she hit big with recognizable roles on two of the most successful network programs of the new millennium: "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006), portraying the secretary to the President of the United States, and "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004-2012), in which she essayed the ultimate snoopy suburban neighbor. Joosten's success story was even more unusual when considering the series of personal setbacks she had overcome on her way to establishing a career as a dependable character actress, adept at both high drama and wacky comedy alike.

Amidst Hollywood's ranks, finding a late bloomer attaining success on television or in film was more the exception than the rule. For Emmy-winning actress Kathryn Joosten, however, paying her dues in numerous forgettable projects ended up paving the way for her later success. Rather than toiling away for years as a waitress while trying to land auditions, she did not even catch the acting bug until middle age. And it was at that time that she hit big with recognizable roles on two of the most successful network programs of the new millennium: "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006), portraying the secretary to the President of the United States, and "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004-2012), in which she essayed the ultimate snoopy suburban neighbor. Joosten's success story was even more unusual when considering the series of personal setbacks she had overcome on her way to establishing a career as a dependable character actress, adept at both high drama and wacky comedy alike.

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CAST: (feature film)

3.
 Bedtime Stories (2008)
4.
 Rails & Ties (2007)
5.
 TV Set, The (2006)
6.
 Wedding Crashers (2005)
7.
 Hostage (2005) Cast
8.
 Silent Killer (2004)
9.
 Secret Santa (2003) Winifred
10.
 Phoenix (1998) Esther
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Became involved with community theater after her divorce
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Took classes at Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, IL
1992:
First break was as a street performer for Walt Disney World
1995:
Moved to Hollywood to purse acting career
1996:
Landed first TV role on the ABC sitcom "Family Matters"
1997:
Appeared on an episode of "Frasier" (NBC) as the mother and personal secretary of Frasier's conniving agent Bebe Glazer
1998:
Landed recurring role on the ABC sitcom "Dharma & Greg"
1998:
Appeared in a recurring role as the bingo buddy to Drew Carey's girlfriend on the ABC sitcom "The Drew Carey Show"
1999:
Cast as Delores Landingham, secretary to President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) on "The West Wing" (NBC); character was killed in a traffic accident at the end of season two; appeared in a dream sequence in 2002
2001:
Appeared in the "My Old Lady" episode of "Scrubs" (NBC)
2003:
Cast in a recurring role as one of the incarnations of God on the CBS series "Joan of Arcadia"
2005:
Cast in a recurring role on ABC's "Desperate Housewives" as Karen McCluskey, Lynette Scavo's (Felicity Huffman) bickering neighbor
2005:
Played memorable role as Chazz's Mom in the comedy "Wedding Crashers"
2005:
Guest starred on two episodes of the NBC sitcom "My Name Is Earl"
2009:
Played Aunt Jackie in "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel"
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