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, 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: