Finding Our Way
I am so glad Simon Dufresne & Dylan Moore posted about people who succeeded later in life!!!
The following is not written by me and I’m only posting about one of the people – click the title to read the entire article.
n 1995, Kathryn Joosten moved in with a family member in Los Angeles because she wanted to make it in Hollywood. Like most girls following the same hopeless dream, she had no agent, no contacts and close to nothing on her resume. Seems like a pretty typical story.The Rock Bottom Moment:
Unlike most girls, however, Joosten was 56. The family member was her son.
In the ’60s and ’70s, Joosten had a promising career as a nurse in Chicago, but she gave it up after getting married. Her husband was a psychiatrist and did pretty well — he was also, however, a deadbeat alcoholic. Ten years later, they divorced. Joosten found herself a 40-something single mother with two kids and three jobs, struggling to make ends meet. So, she did the sensible thing and decided to drop everything to become an actress.
Now, here’s where our story gets inspirational, right? Hell, no! Joosten started auditioning for parts and … nothing happened. And then, more nothing. For several years. In the meantime, she supported her family by hanging wallpaper and painting houses, among other gigs. In 1992, she was finally cast by Disney in her first important role: “Streetmosphere” performer in the Orlando theme park.
She stayed in that city for three years — the job lasted for one. By 1995, she had decided to try her luck in L.A., even if it meant moving in with her son.The Success:And then Urkel changed everything. A spot in Family Matters
saying two lines with Jaleel White landed Joosten an agent who evidently marketed the shit out of her sassy older woman image. Soon she got herself guest parts in pretty much every sitcom made in the following decade
, from Seinfeld
to Will & Grace
. If you watch TV at all, you’ve probably seen her face at least a couple dozen times. She was the president’s secretary in The West Wing
And the little old lady in Desperate Housewives:
Aka the one we’d be most scared of asking for our ball back.
Kathryn Joosten has won two Emmys for that Desperate Housewives role, and it’s all because of her uncanny perseverance. And Urkel.