Kathryn Joosten

Kathryn Joosten

Birthplace: 
Eustis, Florida
Birthday: 
December 20
Date of passing: 
June 02, 2012

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About

Kathryn Joosten (1939-2012) portrayed “Karen McCluskey” for eight years on ABC series Desperate Housewives – a role for which she won two Primetime Emmy® Awards. A former psychiatric nurse, Joosten switched gears into acting at the age of 42. She has made guest appearances in such popular television series as Home Improvement, Dharma & Greg, Las Vegas, The Drew Carey Show, Frazier, Just Shoot Me!, ER and Seinfeld. Joosten appeared alongside Will Ferrell in Wedding Crashers and as “Aunt Jackie” in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.

Joosten, who succumbed to lung cancer on June 1, 2012, also served as a governor of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. (See the official Television Academy statement acknowledging Joosten's passing.) 

 

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

4 Nominations 2 Emmys

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series - 2012

  • Nominee
  • Kathryn Joosten, as Karen McCluskey
  • Desperate Housewives
  • ABC
  • A Space Floor TV and Kudos Production in association with 20th Century Fox and ABC Studios

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series - 2010

  • Nominee
  • Kathryn Joosten, as Karen McCluskey
  • Desperate Housewives
  • "The Chase"
  • ABC
  • A Space Floor TV and Kudos Production in association with 20th Century Fox and ABC Studios

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series - 2008

  • Winner
  • Kathryn Joosten, as Karen McCluskey
  • Desperate Housewives
  • ABC
  • A Space Floor TV and Kudos Production in association with 20th Century Fox and ABC Studios

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series - 2005

  • Winner
  • Kathryn Joosten, as Mrs. McClusky
  • Desperate Housewives
  • ABC
  • A Space Floor TV and Kudos Production in association with 20th Century Fox and ABC Studios

Photos

  • Kathryn Joosten arrives at the 21st Annual Hall of Fame Gala
    Photographs by Mike Ruiz
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  • Kathryn Joosten arrives at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live
    Photographs by Mike Ruiz
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  • Brian Sheesley and Kathryn Joosten
    Photographs by Mike Ruiz
    3 of 5 Photos
  • Actress Kathryn Joosten (L) attends Governor's Ball during the 62nd Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards at Nokia Theatre
    Photographs by Mike Ruiz
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  • Lily Tomlin and Kathryn Joosten at the 62nd Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards
    Photographs by Mike Ruiz
    5 of 5 Photos