'The Bold and the Beautiful' exclusive: Kathryn Joosten to tell her cancer survival story in soap's 6000th episode

Kathryn-JoostenImage Credit: Dr. Billy Ingram/WireImage.comKathryn Joosten (Karen McCluskey on Desperate Housewives) will guest star on The Bold and the Beautiful, EW has learned exclusively. The actress will play herself in a story arc involving Nick Marone (Jack Wagner) and Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery) that centers on lung cancer. In the episode, Stephanie befriends real-life lung cancer patients and survivors and meets them one-by-one in her home to hear their stories of diagnosis, treatment and hope. Joosten, a two-time cancer survivor, is among the visitors in the drama’s 6000th episode.

The episode tapes Dec. 17 and will air on Feb. 7. Joosten reportedly gave up her 45-year smoking habit in 2001 after she was diagnosed with lung cancer. Eight years later, she was diagnosed again but underwent surgery. She was declared cancer-free earlier this year.

Ironically, the daytime sudser has long been tied to Desperate Housewives and the character of Karen, though that’s not how it secured Joosten for the role. The Bold and the Beautiful’s Alley Mills (Pam Douglas) is married to Orson Bean, who plays Karen’s husband on Housewives.

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  • Anak

    yay!

  • Your Professor

    As a journalist, you should be ashamed of your misuse of irony. Swell job!

    • jordan

      it’s kinda/sorta/a little bit used correctly. a rephrasing of the sentence would certainly justify its use a little more.

  • stu

    Orson Bean doesn’t believe in prop 8. Which makes him a bean head!

  • dizzle

    Who is Karen?

    • guilty pleasure

      Karen is the name of the character that Kathryn Joosten plays on “Desperate Housewives”!

  • ketlhoetsweng violet

    Cancer is a slow killer. But what you have to do is have faith in God. Put your life in God hands.

  • beverly

    Hi
    This is truly sad , to think that we weren’t meant to live like this and experience such difficulties in our lives .But rest assured that one day our loving God Jehovah will bring an end to all these problems .One day we will live a life that is perfect , without sickness, death , mourning , hunger , war and we can name them . Revelations 21 :3 ,4 says all will go away . So this hope can help others as well to look forward to a beautiful future which no man can even fulfil . One day we wont have to go through all these things we are experiencing presently.

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