Amidst Hollywood's ranks, finding a late bloomer attaining success on television or in film was more the exception than the rule. For Emmy-winning actress Kathryn Joosten, however, paying her dues in numerous forgettable projects ended up paving the way for her later success. Rather than toiling away for years as a waitress while trying to land auditions, she did not even catch the acting bug until middle age. And it was at that time that she hit big with recognizable roles on two of the most successful network programs of the new millennium: "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006), portraying the secretary to the President of the United States, and "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004-2012), in which she essayed the ultimate snoopy suburban neighbor. Joosten's success story was even more unusual when considering the series of personal setbacks she had overcome on her way to establishing a career as a dependable character actress, adept at both high drama and wacky comedy alike.