Kathryn Joosten

“Some people in Hollywood think of me as a model for dramatic midlife transitions: suburban housewife to Emmy-winning actress. But I never plotted out a master plan for following my dreams.”

I had no idea that Kathryn Joosten didn’t begin her acting career until she was in her forties. All I knew about her was how completely awesome she was in The West Wing – it’s one of my favourite all-time shows and her character, Mrs Landingham, was one of my favourite characters.

When I heard that she’d died (via my friend Anne-Marie), it made me cry. Joosten was a wonderful actress and, judging by the bio on her website (where the above quote is taken from) a pretty amazing person too.

I got an email from Miss Representation this week, suggesting subscribers should “champion” an inspiring woman. Kathryn Joosten certainly fits the bill. She’ll be very much missed.


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