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Position: President's Secretary
Kathryn Joosten as Mrs. Landingham
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- Played By: Kathryn Joosten
(footnote: played in flashbacks in #44 circa 1960 by Kirsten Nelson)
- Spouse: Henry [#43] There is mention of a husband, but in the early episodes it was difficult to tell whether he was still alive. But in "18th and Potomac" he was either dead or disabled because Mrs. L was buying a car for the first time (Henry use to do that). And then both their names were on the tombstone Bartlet visits later. (pointed out by Yonah Sudwerts) [#110]
- Children: Twin sons, Andrew and Simon, who attended medical school together. Then when their lottery number came up, they went to Vietnam where they served as medics. On Christmas Eve 1970, they were pinned down in a fight in Da Nang and killed. [#110]
- Work History: "...hasn't missed a day's work in 14 years." [#5]
- Personality Traits: Seems hard as nails but sometimes plays a maternal role with her cookie jar --- cookies are only offered to those in her good graces and no one would dare just take a cookie without permission.
- What She Says About Herself:
- "I have never been camping." [#44]
- "I work next door to the Oval Office: Ceasar's wife must be above reproach." [#44]
- What Others Say About Her:
Time Line of Her Life
1929(ish) Born 1946 Married 1947 Twin Sons Born School Year 1959-1960 Becomes Secretary to Dr. Bartlet, the headmaster of a Prep School, age 30-31 (ish) September 1964-June 1968 Sons go to College September1968 Sons start Medical School January 1970 Sons join the army,. Then train as Medics, and go to Vietnam December 24, 1970 Sons killed in Da Nang 1986 She is working for Dr. Josiah Bartlet as his secretary (she may have started before this but from this year to 2000, we know she never missed a day of work). Mid-May 2001 Killed when her brand new car was hit by a car with a driver under the influence, age (approximately) 71 May 10-12, 2001 notices in the Press of the Nation Mid-May 2001 Memorial Service in the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C. She will be missed
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