Emmy-winning actress Kathryn Joosten passed away at her home this past Saturday after losing her battle with lung cancer. She was 72-years-old.
It never dawned on me that the storyline they worked into the final season was real life for Joosten. They had her character suffer from cancer to the point where she was on her deathbed in the final episode. That had to be eerily surreal for Joosten. Especially not knowing when the next day would be her last. Although it had to help with the acting part of it since she didn't have to reach that far to connect with that aspect of the character.
As far as characters go, she was always one of my favorites on the show. The writing had started to become deficient in the last few seasons, but they always seemed to keep her character interesting. I liked how they also made her a constant too. Sure she didn't ever make any of the promos where they always pushed the younger attractive female leads, but she was there every single season. She pretty much had to be. Have you ever known a neighborhood to not have that one elderly nosy neighbor?
At least Joosten was able to see the finality of her work before she passed on. Unlike Whitney Houston who never got a chance to see her performance in "Sparkle" due in theaters later this year. I would think that for an actor/actress to see their final piece of work would give them some sense of closure. Even though in many cases, they would never know it was their last.
Rest in peace, Ms. Joosten.