biography section of her official website:
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."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."
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: