‘Housewives’ actress Kathryn Joosten dies at 72

June 3, 2012 • Entertainment

FILE – In this Sept. 19, 2008 file photo, Kathryn Joosten arrives at the 2008 Primetime Emmy Awards Nominees for Outstanding Performance reception in Los Angeles. Joosten, the veteran character actress who played crotchety Karen McCluskey on ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” died Saturday, June 2, 2012. She was 72. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kathryn Joosten, a character actress best known as the crotchety, yet loveable, Karen McCluskey on “Desperate Housewives” and the president’s secretary on “The West Wing,” has died. She was 72.

Joosten, who had battled lung cancer for 11 years, died Saturday at her home in Los Angeles, her publicist Nadine Jolson said.

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