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Desperate Housewives' Kathryn Joosten Dies At Age 72 After Long Battle with Lung Cancer!

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Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Very sad news to report tonight, as news spread across the entertainment world.   Kathryn Joosten who played Mrs. McCluskey on Desperate Housewives died today in Los Angeles at age 72 after her long battle with lung cancer surrounded by her family at the time of her death.  Joosten “was surrounded by love and humor ’til the end,” her family said in a statement. “We are laughing through our tears.”

Joosten won two Emmy awards in 2005 and 2008 for her portrayal of Karen McCluskey.  Desperate Housewives ended its eight-year run last month with a series finale in which Joosten’s character passed away.  Karen’s battle with cancer was a storyline in the show.

Prior to her Housewives success, Joosten was best known for playing Mrs. Landingham, secretary to Martin Sheen’s President Bartlet, on The West Wing.  She also had roles on such shows as Scrubs, My Name Is Earl, Joan of Arcadia, and Dharma & Greg.

Recently, soap fans saw Kathryn in a special guest appearance for the The Bold and the Beautiful’s 6,000th episode as Stephanie (Susan Flannery) formed a support group to help her deal with her cancer diagnosis.  Stephanie had real-life cancer survivors in her home to hear their stories.  Joosten played herself.  Kathryn also appeared on General Hospital during her career.

Desperate Housewives executive producer Marc Cherry released a statement today about the death of Kathryn Joosten,  “The character of Mrs. McCluskey was created for a single episode.  We then cast Kathryn Joosten and she infused the part with so much feisty wit and curmudgeonly bravado, we knew we had to move her onto Wisteria Lane for the run of the series. I will forever miss her, as a co-worker and as a friend.”

On-Air On-Soaps sends our thoughts and prayers to Joosten’s family and friends.

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David Larsson
David Larsson

Rest in Peace.

Grace
Grace

I thought she was superb and so courageous & gracious in the finale. It had to be difficult to play out those scenes knowing it was just a matter of time before it was really going to be happening. RIP – Kathryn

Eileen Hargis
Eileen Hargis

She was one of the ones we will forever remember, she left her mark, tje best any of us can wish to do.

ethel
ethel

my thoughts & prayers are with her family…………..♥

Kristen
Kristen

May Kathryn’s family & friends be comforted in knowing the impact she had on so many.
I was always thrilled to watch her in any role! Bravo Kathryn for a life well lived! You will be missed.

barbara t
barbara t

She was a sweetheart, RIP Mrs Mclusky & Kathryn Joosten. I loved when she stuck her nose in everyone’s business.

SZima
SZima

I fell in love with her on The West Wing…she was so good on that show. And she brought her magic to Desperate Housewives…and I’m sure to every other role she played. She will be missed!

RLeternal
RLeternal

Such a wondeful lady. Loved her character of Mrs. KM on DH very much. RIP! Kathryn. You will be remembered by your fans world-wide for a very, very long time.

Derrick
Derrick

RIP

Christine
Christine

I feared when I heard her cancer came back that it would not be good. I am very saddened to hear she lost the battle with her lung cancer.

I watched several seasons of Desperate Housewives, but stopped a few years ago so I did not know that they killed off her character too. I agree with Grace, that had to be hard playing out those scenes. So sad.

Susan M.
Susan M.

Never watched Desperate Housewives……………My friend watched it… Wasn’t interested enough to watch………………

barbara t
barbara t

I watched it till this last season, because I was boycotting abc/disney, It was good but sometimes it was dumb, However Mrs.Mcklusy was a riot, she won a emmy for her role, I always said that’s because she was the only one on that show that was the REAL actress, Ok bree and the one with all the kids, and Vanessa Williams could act to but the rest, Questionable.

Christy
Christy

oh, she sure will be missed! She was such a hoot to watch, and did a fine job at serious acting as well. She’s out of pain, but I bet she has everyonein in stiches up “there”!

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Peter Reckell On The Passing Of DAYS Peggy McCay: “Looking in Peggy’s Eyes, All I Could See Was A Mom Who Loved Me, And Wanted The Best For Me.”

Over the last week, actors, colleagues, and fans have paid tribute and shared their remembrances of Days of our Lives’ Peggy McCay (Caroline Brady) who passed away at the age of 90.

One of Peggy’s most cherished and longtime scene partners was none other than Peter Reckell, who played the iconic Bo Brady, and was Caroline’s son.  This on-screen mother/son duo shared a bond like no other in Salem.

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This weekend, Peter shared his thoughts on working with the Emmy-winning actress, who was also nominated four times for a Daytime Emmy, by taking to social media on the loss of the matriarch of the Brady clan.

Peter expressed via his tweet:  “I was so fortunate to have worked with some amazing actors that shaped the actor and person I am .Looking in Peggy’s eyes, all I could see was a Mom who loved me, and wanted the best for me. She was always so committed to the story.Those sparkling eyes RIP”

After a fan put together a tribute of Bo and Caroline scenes through the years on You Tube and shared it with Reckell, he responded back with: “This is beautiful! Brought back so many wonderful memories. She truly was a powerful, loving presence, I miss her so much. Thanks for putting this together for all of us who love her. Lots of love.”

Watch the tribute made by Angie Evangelia below, then let us know your favorite Bo and Caroline through the years on DAYS via the comment section below.

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DAYS Stars Pay Tribute & Share Remembrances Of Peggy McCay

Over the last 24 hours, cast members and colleagues past and present of Peggy McCay (Caroline Brady) have taken to social media to share their sorrow and their memories of this great and beloved actress who passed away a few days ago at the age of 90.

Here is just a sampling of the heartfelt tributes from many longtime castmates and more who cherished their time with Peggy below.

Eric Martsolf (Brady) : RIP Peggy McCay. Feisty, witty, and not an unkind bone throughout her body. She was warm to me when I first entered the hallways of DOOL, and made every word she was given poetry. I will miss this true lady of daytime.

Alison Sweeney (Sami): Every day working with Peggy was a win. She had such an incredibly colorful & often hilarious history in tv. I was so lucky to hear her stories. She was feisty, funny & ever so talented. She was very much a grandmother to me and will miss her so much. #rip

Deidre Hall (Marlena) : “Our dearest Peggy McCay has left us. She was a friend, an activist and a real scrapper!!  I remember meeting her at the bedside of a dear, very ill friend. I backed her up as she ferociously took on doctors and nurses to make sure he had the very best care. She fought that hard for all her causes. Passionate and tireless.  And how she loved being “Caroline”!! Days of our Lives

Billy Flynn (Chad): “Just heard Peggy took her Final bow. RIP love…you’re a star forever!”

Galen Gering (Rafe): “So sad to hear about the passing of . She was fierce & firey with the heart of a lion yet could be as soft as a petal. I always looked forward to our scenes together, eager to see what kind of spontaneous thing she’d do. She was loved & adored & will be missed.”

Kristian Alfonso (Hope): “Peggy #thankyou for all of your #kindness , #love & encouragement through the years . #loveu Rest In Peace”

Greg Meng (Co-EP, DAYS): “I feel so blessed to have known her, and worked with her… she was an animal lover… a superb actor… had an interest in fashion… fascinated in anything creative… inquisitive, supportive… and she was ageless. Not just an inspiration but a FIRECRACKER! Lucky me, lucky us… thank you, Peggy.”

Ryan Quan: RIP Peggy McCay. She was as warm, friendly, and spunky in person as she was on screen. One of my favorite recent Caroline scenes was her speech at Will and Sonny’s wedding… Peggy’s performance was amazing. She will be missed!

Mary Beth Evans: (Kayla): Oh how I loved this woman! Her strength & professionalism was like no other! She set such an amazing standard for all of us….as actors & people. She will always be the  & soul of the Brady family & she lives on in Salem and in our hearts.

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Days of our Lives Peggy McCay Passes Away

One of the greatest actresses, and one of Days of our Lives most beloved cast member, Peggy McCay (Caroline Brady) has passed away.

According to reports, Peggy passed away in her sleep on October 7 at the age of 90 of natural causes.  Peggy’s close friend, Denise Kiel Smith broke the news on social media on Twitter relating: “To all of Peggy McCay’s dear friend and family I have some sad news…  Peggy passed peacefully in her sleep of natural causes Sunday morning at 1:00 am. She always appreciated you, her loyal fans, for all of the love and support that you gave her throughout the years. Peggy enjoyed a lifelong career of acting in television and movies. She loved working at Days of Our Lives nearly to the end. Acting and animal rescue were her passions in life. If you would like to show your support please visit the Kitty Bungalow, Peggy’s favorite charity, at Kitty Bungalow.”

One of the greats in her field; Peggy was nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress  category at the Daytime Emmy Awards for her performances as Caroline Brady 4 times. However, Peggy won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a drama series for her work in the The Trials of Rosie O’Neill.

DAYS fans have missed Peggy on-screen for the last few years.  The last time she appeared on-screen was in late August of 2016.  McCay originated the role of the Brady matriarch in 1983.

Throughout the last 24 hours, fans, cast members, and co-workers of the beloved Peggy have taken to social media to share their remembrances and grief and love for this talented powerhouse performer.  We will share many of those with you in a post to come.

Share your condolences and remembrances of Peggy as Caroline on DAYS in the comment section below.

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This weekend we mourn the loss of General Hospital’s beloved Susan Brown who played Gail Baldwin. Here is her final scene from 2004 when Gail and her husband Lee (the late Peter Hansen) showed up at Lila’s funeral and had an exchange with Alan and Monica. Share your thoughts on Susan’s passing via the link below. Leave A Comment

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