See this lady? This is Kathryn Joosten, and she played Karen McCluskey on Desperate Housewives. She didn’t start acting until she was 42, and she won 2 Emmys for the her role in the show. She was a chain smoker for 45 years, but quit when she was diagnosed with lung cancer. After beating it twice, it came back again and things weren’t looking good- and this lady asked the show’s producer Marc Cherry to write her lung cancer into the plot in order to raise awareness. She filmed her death in the show just 20 days before she actually died. 

See this lady? This is Kathryn Joosten, and she played Karen McCluskey on Desperate Housewives. She didn’t start acting until she was 42, and she won 2 Emmys for the her role in the show. 

She was a chain smoker for 45 years, but quit when she was diagnosed with lung cancer. After beating it twice, it came back again and things weren’t looking good- and this lady asked the show’s producer Marc Cherry to write her lung cancer into the plot in order to raise awareness. She filmed her death in the show just 20 days before she actually died. 

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