Kathy Bates is a prominent American actress and film director. She was born as Kathleen Doyle ‘Kathy’ Bates on June 28, 1948 at Memphis, Tennessee. She is the youngest daughter of Langdon Doyle Bates and Bertye Kathleen. She studied at White Station High School and later moved to Southern Methodist University with a major in Theatre. She is a member of Alpha Delta Pi, a popular sorority. In year 1970, Kathy moved to
to pursue her career in acting.
She started acting in the Broadway and some of her appearances includes the Fifth of July by Lanford Wilson and ‘Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean’ by Robert Altman. She is also part of the ‘night, Mother; the play that won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1983. Kathy got a nomination in the Tony Award for her performance in the play. She also appeared in the ‘Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune’ by Terrence McNally. This play is one of the most successful appearances of Kathy in the New York productions.
Her first feature film was from the movie, Taking Off in 1971 where she played as Bobo Bates, an audition singer who sang the ‘Even Horses Had Wings’. In 1978, she was also starred as Selma Darin in Ulu Grosbard’s Straight Time.
She was debuted in television through the soap opera, The Doctors on NBC, where she played as Phyllis. From the year 1983 to 1984, Kathy acted in the soap, All My Children as a prisoner. Afterwards, she bagged the role of Evelyn Maddox on ABC’s One Life to Live.
In 1990, she played as a stenographer in the very popular action film, Dick Tracy. She made an appearance in The Morning after and essayed the role of Ruth in the film drama, Summer Heat. Kathy made a guest-starred appearance in the legal drama series, L.A. Law before she donned the role of Annie Wilkes, an obsessed fan of the author, Paul Sheldon (played by
) in the psychological thriller film, Misery in 1990, which was adapted from the 1987 novel of
. Kathy received her first Best Actress award in the 63rd Academy Awards and in 1990 Golden Globe Awards. Shortly after, she was also starred as Evelyn Couch, a unhappy housewife in the comedy-drama film, Fried Green Tomatoes in 1991 which was based on Fannie Flagg’s Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café novel.
In 1995, she played the main lead role in the drama thriller film, Dolores Clairborne which is based on Stephen King’s novel. She was also part of the biggest and blockbuster film, Titanic where she bagged the role of Molly Brown. The actress did her part successfully in the drama film, Primary Colors in 1998. The film is also an adaptation of the novel entitled, Primary colors: A Novel of Politics, from which Joe Klein (a political journalist) recounts his encounter during the Presidential campaign in year 1991 to 1992. She got nominated at the Academy award for Best Supporting Actress. In 2002, she played as Roberta Hertzel in the box-office film, About Schmidt where she was also nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the Oscars. In 2006, she played as Sue in the romantic comedy film, Failure to Launch opposite with Terry Bradshaw where they played as Matthew McConaughey’s parents. She also made a uncredited cameo appearance as Rae Flowers in the miniseries, The Stand which is also based on Stephen King’s novel.
In 1996, Kathy was starred as Helen Kushnick, the manager of
) on HBO’s The Late Shift. She got nominated eight times for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie at the Emmy Awards for her outstanding performance in the film. She also got different awards at the Golden Globe, Satellite Award and Screen Actors Award. In 1999, Kathy played as Miss Agatha, the merciless owner of an orphanage in the musical comedy film, Annie from which she also got nominations at the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and Primetime Emmy Award for the same category. In 2005, she essayed the role of Helena Mahoney in the television film, Warm Springs. In the same year, she was starred in the Ambulance Girl where she received a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie at the Primetime Emmy Award for doing the role of Jane Stern.
The actress also did 10 episodes of the drama series,
Six Feet Under
where she got another Emmy Award nomination for the category of Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in 2003. In the sitcom, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Kathy played as Charlotte Everly where she got nominated as Outstanding Guest actress in a Comedy Series in 1999. In the same year, she received another nomination in Dash & Lilly for the category of Outstanding Directing in a Miniseries or Movie. She made a recurring appearance in the comedy series, The Office.
Kathy forged an astounding directorial career in the early 90’s. She directed episodes on television series like Everwood, Six Feet Under, OZ, Homicide: Life on the Street and more. She was also the director of Dash and Lilly and Ambulance Girl. In 2006, she starred and directed the film, Have Mercy along with
. In year 2008, Kathy acted again with
(her co-stars in Titanic) in the drama film,
which is based on Richard Yates’ novel. In 2011, she was starred as Harry Korn in the comedy series, Harry’s Law; the show was cancelled after a year. In 2012, she made a guest appearance as Charlie Harper’s ghost in the episode, Why We Gave Up Women in the TV sitcom, Two and a Half Men. This results to her winning as the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series at the Primetime Emmy Award. In 2013, Kathy started to appear in the third season of the horror series, American Horror Story: Coven. She played the role of Delphine LaLaurie, who was buried alive but brought back in the modern world after some years. She returned in the fourth season, American Horror Story: Freak Show and bagged the role of Ethel Darling.
The actress was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and she successfully battled with it. Last September of 2012, she also revealed that she also had a breast cancer and she underwent a double mastectomy.