kathryn joostenKathryn Joosten may more commonly be known as Mrs. McCluskey on Desperate Housewives or her role as the presidents trusted secretary Mrs. Landingham on The West Wing, but regardless of how you know her, she is a fighter.

Recently diagnosed with lung cancer, the two-time Emmy award winner for her role in Desperate Housewives as feisty neighbor Mrs. McCluskey, plans to do everything in her power to fight the illness.

Joosten fought the illness in 2001 as well so she is no stranger to fighting cancer. While she smoked heavily up until the day she was first diagnosed in 2001, Joosten has not had a cigarette since.

Sources close to the Emmy award winning actress say she is maintaining a positive attitude while sources on the set of Desperate Housewives say Joosten is being as amicable as possible with the cast and crew. Joosten told Desperate Housewives producers to write it into the script if they wanted to, or keep it out if that worked better for them.

Kathryn Joosten says she began to smoke back in the day when Bette Davis made it glamorous.

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