Kathryn Joosten was an Emmy award winning actress who played Mrs. Dolores Landingham during the first two seasons. She only came to acting in her forties. Her role on The West Wing would vault her onto bigger roles, including her Emmy-winning role on Desperate Housewives (with Lily Tomlin, Felicity Huffman, Steven Culp, James Denton and Mark Moses), a recurring role on Joan of Arcadia and a notable guest appearance on Scrubs. She died on June 1, 2012 of lung cancer, which she had battled for over a decade.