It's Never Too Late to Follow Your Dream (All the Way to Bartlett's White House)

Saturday June 2, 2012

While poking around on IMDB a few weeks ago, I learned that actress Kathryn Joosten, who I loved as Mrs. Landingham on The West Wing, didn't begin pursuing acting until her 40s.  The change of direction in her life only came about after Joosten, then a psychiatric nurse and a mother of two, divorced her alcoholic husband.  As it says in the biography section of her official website:
"Kathryn never forgot the anger and bitterness her mother expressed on her death bed for having put aside dreams and plans for the future that would never be.  After a few successes at Community Theater, Kathryn decided to see if she could follow her dream." 
 Along with beating the odds by having a late-start acting career that earned her two Emmys, Joosten also began a battle with lung cancer in 2001 which she only just lost today.


I'm not a big follower of celebrity news, because most of the time I think the wrong stories get the most traction.  Kathryn Joosten wasn't a household name, but she was a woman who stood up and followed her dream just when many others would have given up on life.  She was a woman who fought off cancer for over a decade and fought for causes she believed in.

And yes, she also happened to be a damn fine actress.

Kathryn Joosten was 72.  I recommend reading her full bio on www.kathrynjoosten.com, so you can remember it if you're ever feeling past your prime.  Just like she did for President Bartlett, Joosten can give us all a little perspective from beyond the grave:

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