It's not often that the world of TV looses two of it's cherished members, less than 24 hours apart. Hence the reason why I'm posting something about both of these individuals at the same time.
Kathryn Jootsen, 1939-2012, didn't start her acting career until she was 42. She was working as a psychiatric nurse when the acting bug bit her, she threw caution to the wind, and had a wonderfully successful career. Most of you will know her from her work on The West Wing, which as political as I am, I never watched. And the rest of you will know her from Desperate Housewives. In my mind though, she will always be Genevieve Holt. The twisted director of the Lowell Home For Children who tortured her young charges on Buffy: The Vampire Slayer. Kathryn Jootsen lost her battle to lung cancer, just 20 days after her character on Desperate Housewives lost the same battle.
Richard Dawson, 1932-2012, was an English comedian and actor who didn't come to fame until he starred in Hogan's Heroes, which had to be one of the oddest ideas for a sitcom, ever. It wasn't until I started watching game shows, especially Family Feud, that I really paid attention to Richard Dawson. Between his kissing all the female contestants and his ability to not get his ass kicked by the men, he was amazing. When I started watching reruns of Match Game as an adult, my admiration grew even more. Richard Dawson lost his battle with esophageal cancer.