Today the Archive remembers actress Kathryn Joosten, who passed away on Friday, June 1st, 2012 from lung cancer. Joosten was 72 and best known for her roles as “Mrs. Landingham” on The West Wing and “Karen McCluskey” on Desperate Housewives. She began her acting career late in life, at age 42, yet still managed to win two Emmy awards (for her role on Desperate Housewives). In addition to her career as a performer, Joosten was active in the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, where she served multiple terms as a governor of the Performers Peer Group and served on various committees.
The Archive interviewed Joosten on May 9th of this year. Below are some excerpts from the interview:
On playing “Mrs. Landingham” on The West Wing:
On Desperate Housewives and how her character’s death would mirror her own:
On her advice to aspiring actors:
On how she’d like to be remembered:
Watch Kathryn Joosten’s full Archive interview here.