Sunday, 3 June 2012

Desperate Housewives actress Kathryn Joosten dies

 The actress Kathryn Joosten, best known for playing nosey neighbour Karen McCluskey on the hit US TV show Desperate Housewives, has died aged 72 after a long battle with lung cancer.

The actress won two Emmy awards for her portrayal of Mrs McCluskey, the cranky but loveable pensioner who kept a close eye on her Wisteria Lane neighbours on Desperate Housewives.

The show ended its run on ABC last month with a series finale in which Joosten's character passed away. Her character's battle with cancer was a storyline in the show.

Joosten also appeared on NBC's The West Wing as Mrs Landingham, the president's trusted secretary.

Over the years, she had roles in a number of other popular shows, including a recurring part on Dharma and Greg and guest spots on shows including Ally McBeal and Scrubs.

She had previously portrayed Delores Landingham, the secretary to fictional US President Josiah Bartlet, played by Martin Sheen, on The West Wing.

Joosten's family said in a statement that the actress was "surrounded by love and humour 'til the end", adding: "We are laughing through our tears."

Joosten did not begin her acting career until the age of 42, having worked as a psychiatric nurse at a medium security hospital unit in Chicago.

But after getting divorced and hearing her mother's deathbed regrets at not having pursued her dreams, Joosten decided to revisit her childhood passion for acting and became involved with her local community theatre.

She then worked as a street performer at Disney World in Florida before moving to Hollywood in the mid-1990s and winning small roles in shows including Murphy Brown, Frasier and The Drew Carey Show.

The West Wing brought wider recognition. "Some people in Hollywood think of me as a model for dramatic mid-life transitions - from suburban housewife to Emmy-winning actress," she said.

"But I never plotted out a master plan for following my dreams."

Her other roles included one of the recurring Gods in Joan of Arcadia and Claire in Dharma and Greg.

Her part in Desperate Housewives earned her the Primetime Emmy Awards for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series in 2005 and 2008, and she was nominated again in 2010.

She encouraged the show's creator Marc Cherry to give her character lung cancer in order to raise awareness. The show ended in the US just three weeks ago after eight years on air.
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Myleene Klass' hubby Graham Quinn ends marriage after just six months

 Myleene Klass has reportedly been dumped by her husband after just six months of married life.

The couple, who have two children, met when Graham Quinn was enlisted as a bodyguard to Pop Stars band Hear'Say and they were engaged five years ago before finally tying the knot last October.

But according to The Sun, Myleene was left heartbroken when Quinn ended the relationship on her birthday in April.

A friend is quoted by the newspaper as saying: "She's heartbroken. It's an awful situation.

"She's shocked at the sudden way Graham left. It's going to take her a long time to recover."

A further source claims the split "came as a massive shock" to Myleene and added: "Graham has barely been in touch since. It seems he work up one day and realised he didn't want to be married any more.

'Myleene had no idea that Graham was going to leave her. They only got married a few months ago and she thought everything between them was great.

'It came as a massive shock to Myleene and she’s heartbroken.'

But if her smiles at Hyde Park’s Jubilee Festival yesterday are anything to go by, it would seem Myleene has come to the conclusion she is better off without him.

The source added to The Sun: 'Graham has barely been in touch since.

'It seems he woke up one day and realised he didn’t want to be married anymore.

'Her friends are angry with him, especially as she’s been left holding the babies. It’s an awful situation.'

The couple had been together for 11 years and have two daughters together, Ava, four, and one-year-old Hero.

They met when Graham became her bodyguard for pop group Hear’Say and married in secret following a five-year engagement in October last year.

Meanwhile, Myleene’s TV host friend Lauren Laverne has called on fans to send their support at this delicate time.
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