Death of Kathryn Joosten

December 20, 1939 - June 1, 2012
Los Angeles, California | Age 72

'Housewives' actress dies at 72
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DAISY NGUYEN, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kathryn Joosten, a character actress best known as the crotchety, yet loveable, Karen McCluskey on "Desperate Housewives" and the president's secretary on "The West Wing," has died. She was 72.

Joosten, who had battled lung cancer for 11 years, died Saturday at her home in Los Angeles, her publicist Nadine Jolson said.

Joosten "was surrounded by love and humor 'til the end," her family said in a statement. "We...

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