Kathryn Joosten

Actress, Psychiatric Nurse
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 ... Read more »
Born: 12/20/1939 in Eustis, Florida, USA

Filmography

Actor (47)

Harry's Law 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel 2009 (Movie)

Aunt Jackie (Actor)

Desperate Housewives 2006 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Bedtime Stories 2008 (Movie)

Mrs Dixon (Actor)

Rails & Ties 2007 (Movie)

Mrs. Brown (Actor)

The TV Set 2007 (Movie)

Lois (Actor)

3rd Rock From the Sun 1995 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Ally McBeal 1995 - 2002, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Becker 1995 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Dharma & Greg 1995 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Grace Under Fire 1995 - 1999, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Home Improvement 1995 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Men Behaving Badly 1996 - 1999, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Picket Fences 1995 - 2002, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Providence 1995 - 2002, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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The Drew Carey Show 1995 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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The Evidence 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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The Nanny 1995 - 2001, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Hostage 2005 (Movie)

Louise (Actor)

Love, Inc. 2005 (Tv Show)

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Wedding Crashers 2005 (Movie)

Chazz's Mom (Actor)

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2004 (Tv Show)

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Arli$$ 1996 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Charmed 2003 (Tv Show)

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Raising Dad 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The West Wing 1999 - 2000, 2002 (Tv Show)

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Kiss Toledo Goodbye 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Best Men 1999 (Movie)

Edie (Actor)

Maggie 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Thanks 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Brooklyn South 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Phoenix 1998 (Movie)

Esther (Actor)

Prey 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Goode Behavior 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Life With Roger 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Seinfeld 1997 (Tv Show)

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Temporarily Yours 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The Package 1989 (Movie)

Waitress (Actor)

Grandview, U.S.A. 1984 (Movie)

Mrs Clark (Actor)

Jane Doe: Ties That Bind (TV Show)

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Listen to Your Heart (TV Show)

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McBride: It's Murder Madam (TV Show)

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Mega Python vs Gatoroid (TV Show)

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Secret Santa (TV Show)

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Silent Killer (TV Show)

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Biography

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.

Relationships

George Joosten

Husband
Married and had two sons together His alcoholism led them to divorce in 1980

Jonathan Joosten

Son

Timothy Joosten

Son

Jeremy Joosten

Daughter-In-Law

Henry Rausch

Brother

Milestones

2009

Played Aunt Jackie in "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel"

2005

Guest starred on two episodes of the NBC sitcom "My Name Is Earl"

2005

Cast in a recurring role on ABC's "Desperate Housewives" as Karen McCluskey, Lynette Scavo's (Felicity Huffman) bickering neighbor

2005

Played memorable role as Chazz's Mom in the comedy "Wedding Crashers"

2003

Cast in a recurring role as one of the incarnations of God on the CBS series "Joan of Arcadia"

2001

Appeared in the "My Old Lady" episode of "Scrubs" (NBC)

1999

Cast as Delores Landingham, secretary to President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) on "The West Wing" (NBC); character was killed in a traffic accident at the end of season two; appeared in a dream sequence in 2002

1998

Appeared in a recurring role as the bingo buddy to Drew Carey's girlfriend on the ABC sitcom "The Drew Carey Show"

1998

Landed recurring role on the ABC sitcom "Dharma & Greg"

1997

Appeared on an episode of "Frasier" (NBC) as the mother and personal secretary of Frasier's conniving agent Bebe Glazer

1996

Landed first TV role on the ABC sitcom "Family Matters"

1995

Moved to Hollywood to purse acting career

1992

First break was as a street performer for Walt Disney World

Became involved with community theater after her divorce

Took classes at Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, IL

Bonus Trivia

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Joosten revealed in a 2007 appearance on ABC's "The View" that she was a lung cancer survivor, following many years of smoking.

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In September 2009, Joosten announced that she had been diagnosed with lung cancer again.

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