Kathryn Joosten

Kathryn Joosten

About Kathryn Joosten

Kathryn 'Joosten' Rausch (December 20, 1939 - June 2, 2012) was an American television actress best known for her regular role as Karen McCluskey in Desperate Housewives, for which she won two Emmy Awards, and for her recurring role in The West Wing as Dolores Landingham. Joosten was born Kathryn Rausch in Chicago, Illinois. Her first career was as a psychiatric nurse at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, living in nearby Lake Forest, Illinois, where she married a psychiatrist and raised two sons. Following her 1980 divorce, she began acting in community theater in 1982, at age 42. In 1992, she was hired as a street performer working for Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

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