Kathryn Joosten, who played Karen McKluskey to eye rolling perfect on Desperate Housewives, is now up in heaven after passing away from lung cancer in Westlake Village, CA yesterday. Mrs. McKluskey also died of cancer during the finale of Desperate Housewives. Art imitating real-life sadness. Kathryn was 72.
Those of you who watched The West Wing also know Kathryn as the President’s secretary Mrs. Landingham. TVLine says that Kathryn didn’t start her acting career until she was 42, but she quickly filled up her IMDB page with roles in Scrubs, Roseanne, Dharma & Greg, Joan of Arcadia, Buffy, My Name Is Earl and dozens of other shows.
Kathryn’s rep says that she was surrounded by her family before she passed.
Mrs. McKluskey was one of my favorite characters on DH (yes, I watched that mess till the very painful end), because she didn’t let children fuck with her, perfected the art of the eye roll, was nosy as all hell and regularly verbally slapped a trick down with the truth. We should all hope to be just like that when we enter the Metumacil phase of our lives. Rest in peace, Mrs. McKluskey.