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Kathleen Doyle "Kathy" Bates (born June 28, 1948) is an American actress and director.

After several small roles in film and television, Bates rose to prominence with her performance in Misery (1990), for which she won both the Academy Award for Best Actress and a Golden Globe. She followed this with major roles in Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) and Dolores Claiborne (1995), before playing a featured role as Margaret "Molly" Brown in Titanic (1997). During this time she began her directing career, primarily in television.

Bates received a Tony Award nomination for her 1983 performance in the Broadway play 'night, Mother. She won a Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance in Primary Colors (1998), for which she also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for About Schmidt (2002). Her television work has resulted in seven Emmy Award nominations.

Diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2003, Bates has stated that she has made a full recovery.

Early life

Bates was born in Memphis, Tennesseemarker, one of three daughters of Bertye Kathleen (née Talbot), a homemaker, and Langdon Doyle Bates, a mechanical engineer. Bates is the youngest of three daughters. Her great-great-grandfather was an immigrant from Ireland to New Orleansmarker and served as President Andrew Jackson's doctor. She graduated from White Station High School, and later attended Southern Methodist Universitymarker, majoring in theatre and was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, and graduated in 1969. She moved to New York City in 1970 to pursue an acting career.

Career

Her Broadwaymarker appearances include Lanford Wilson's Fifth of July and the Robert Altman-directed Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean opposite Karen Black and Cher. She received a Tony Award nomination in 1983 for her stage role in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play 'night, Mother opposite Anne Pitoniak. The production of 'night, Mother ran for more than a year. One of her other successful New York stage productions was, Off-Broadway, in Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune which ran 533 performances. McNally specifically wrote the play for Bates and F. Murray Abraham, who had to drop out and was replaced by Kenneth Welsh. The play was later filmed as Frankie and Johnny, starring Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Bates's first feature film was the 1971 Miloš Forman comedy Taking Off (credited as "Bobo Bates"), wherein she sings an original song "Even Horses Had Wings". Bates next feature was the 1978 Dustin Hoffman vehicle Straight Time. (In 1990, she would appear again with Hoffman in Warren Beatty's Dick Tracy as a stenographer.) Bates continued to appear in little-seen films such as Summer Heat and The Morning After while guest-starring in television shows such as L.A. Law before landing the role of obsessed fan Annie Wilkes, who holds her favorite author (played by James Caan) captive, in the 1990 thriller Misery. Based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King, she received her first Academy Award nomination for that role, winning Best Actress. Soon after, she starred with Jessica Tandy in the acclaimed 1991 movie Fried Green Tomatoes.

In 1995, she turned in another applauded portrayal as the title character in Dolores Claiborne, a film adaption of another Stephen King novel, although she was not nominated for an Oscar. In 1997, Bates played Margaret "Molly" Brown in James Cameron's Titanic. Based on the 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanicmarker, the film went on to become the highest-grossing film of all time, grossing more than $1.8 billion in box-office receipts worldwide.

Bates also excelled in her role as the acid-tongued "dustbuster" political advisor Libby Holden in the 1998 drama Primary Colors, which was adapted from the book in which political journalist Joe Klein recounted his experiences on the Presidential campaign trail in 1991-1992. For this performance, she received her second Academy Award nomination, for Best Supporting Actress, though she did not win. She was nominated again, in 2002, for About Schmidt, and did not win. More recently, she and Terry Bradshaw played the parents of Matthew McConaughey's character in the 2006 film Failure to Launch. Bates was also featured in an uncredited cameo in the miniseries of Stephen King's The Stand.

Bates was nominated Emmy Award seven times: Outstanding actor in a Miniseries or a Movie, for her performance as Jay Leno's manager Helen Kushnick in HBO's The Late Shift (1996), and, twice again in the same category; as Miss Hannigan in Disney's remake of Annie (1999) and for the HBO Franklin Roosevelt biopic Warm Springs (2005). She was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for Lifetime Television's Ambulance Girl (2006), which she also directed.

She appeared on 10 episodes of the HBO cable television series Six Feet Under for which she received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, as Bettina, in 2003. She also was nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for 3rd Rock from the Sun in 1999, the same year that she was nominated for Outstanding Directing in a Miniseries or Movie for the Dashiell Hammett-Lillian Hellman biopic Dash & Lilly.

Starting in the 1990s, Bates forged a formidable career as a director. She has directed episodes of Homicide: Life on the Street, NYPD Blue, Oz, Six Feet Under, and Everwood. Bates has also directed the TV movies Dash and Lilly and the self-starring Ambulance Girl.

She directed and co-starred in Have Mercy (2006) with Melanie Griffith. In 2008, she re-teamed with her Titanic co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in Revolutionary Road.

In 1977, she made her soap opera debut as Phyllis on NBC's soap opera The Doctors. In 1983/1984, she played prison inmate Belle Bodelle on All My Children.

Affiliations

Bates is the Executive Committee Chair of the Actors Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors.

Awards

At the 63rd Academy Awards, Kathy Bates won the Oscar for Best Actress in the 1990 film, Misery, as well as a Golden Globe for Best Actress-Drama in the same role. Bates received a Tony Award nomination for her 1983 performance in the Broadway production, 'Night, Mother. She won a Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance in Primary Colors (1998), for which she also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress// And Bates also won a SAG for the 1997 Tv Movie "The Late Shift". At the 75th Academy Awards, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 2002 film, About Schmidt. Bates has also been nominated for seven Emmy Awards.

Personal life

Bates was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2003, but she did not reveal her illness to the general public until 2008. She stated she has been "in total remission" for over 5 and a half years, as of January 2008.

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1963 The Doctors Phyllis unknown episodes
1971 Taking Off Audition Singer: "Even the Horses Had Wings" as Bobo Bates
1978 The Love Boat Sally Allison Episode: "Family Reunion/Too Hot to Handle/Cinderella Story"
Straight Time Selma Darin
1982 Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean Stella Mae
1983 Two of a Kind Furniture man's wife
1984 All My Children Belle Bodelle unknown episodes
1986 Johnny Bull Katherine Kovacs TV film
Cagney & Lacey Brenda Harris Episode: "Revenge"
1986, 1987 St. Elsewhere Polly Episodes:
"Up and Down"
"Visiting Daze"

1987 Murder Ordained Bobbi Birk TV film
Summer Heat Ruth
My Best Friend Is a Vampire Helen Blake as Kathy D. Bates
1988 Arthur 2: On the Rocks Mrs. Canby
1989 China Beach Jan Episode: "The World: Part 2"
Signs of Life Mary Beth Alder
High Stakes Jill
Roe vs. Wade TV film
L.A. Law Charlotte Haley Episode: "One Rat, One Ranger"
No Place Like Home TV film
1990 Men Don't Leave Lisa Coleman
Dick Tracy Mrs. Green
White Palace Rosemary
Misery Annie Wilkes Academy Award for Best Actress
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama

1991 Shadows and Fog Prostitute
At Play in the Fields of the Lord Hazel Quarrier
Fried Green Tomatoes Evelyn Couch Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
1992 The Road to Mecca Elsa Barlow
Prelude to a Kiss Leah Blier
Used People Bibby Berman
1993 Living and Working in Space: The Countdown Has Begun Lunar Mom Direct-to-video
Hostages Peggy Say TV film
A Home of Our Own Frances Lacey
1993, 2004 The American Experience Narrator Episodes:
"Amelia Earhart: The Price of Courage"
"Tupperware!"

1994 The Stand Rae Flowers Episode: "The Plague"
uncredited
North Alaskan mom
Curse of the Starving Class Ella Tate
1995 Dolores Claiborne Dolores Claiborne Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Actress
The West Side Waltz Mr. Goo TV film
Angus Meg Bethune
1996 Diabolique Det. Shirley Vogel
The War at Home Maurine Collier
The Late Shift Helen Kushnick TV film
Golden Globe Award
Screen Actors Gulid Award
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie



1997 Swept from the Sea Miss Swaffer
Titanic Molly Brown Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1998 Primary Colors Libby Holden Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Screen Actors Guild Award
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress

Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture








The Effects of Magic Raphaella, the Magic Bunny voice
The Waterboy Helen 'Mama' Boucher Blockbuster Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Role
A Civil Action Bankruptcy judge uncredited
1999 Annie Miss Agatha Hannigan TV film
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie



Baby Steps Mrs. Mellon short film
3rd Rock From the Sun Charlotte Everly Episode: "Alien Hunter "
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress – Comedy Series
Dash and Lily Director Nominated - Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special
2000 Bruno Mother Superior
MADtv Stuart's Grandma Season 6 episode 602
2001 Rat Race The Squirrel Lady uncredited
American Outlaws Ma James
King of the Hill Motorcycle Officer Episode: "Lupe's Revenge"
2002 Love Liza Mary Ann Bankhead
Dragonfly Mrs. Belmont
About Schmidt Roberta Hertzel Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role









Unconditional Love Grace Beasley
My Sister's Keeper Christine Chapman TV film
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie

2003-2005 Six Feet Under Bettina 10 episodes
Nominated — Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing - Drama Series (for episode "Twilight")
Nominated - Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress – Drama Series

2004 Around the World in 80 Days Queen Victoria
Little Black Book Kippie Kann
Popeye's Voyage: The Quest for Pappy Voice
The Ingrate The Judge short film
The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing Narrator documentary
The Bridge of San Luis Rey The Marquesa
2005 Hansel and Gretel Narrator Voice
direct-to-video
Ambulance Girl Jane Stern TV film
Nominated - Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Guilty Hearts The Judge
Rumor Has It... Aunt Mitsy uncredited
Warm Springs Helena Mahoney TV film
Nominated — Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
2006 Failure to Launch Sue
Have Mercy
Solace Marrow's wife
Relative Strangers Agnes Menure
Bonneville Margene
Charlotte's Web Bitsy the Cow voice
2007 Bee Movie Janet Benson voice
Fred Claus Mother Claus
The Golden Compass Hester voice
PS, I Love You Patricia
Christmas Is Here Again Miss Dowdy voice
2008 The Family That Preys Charlotte Cartwright
The Day the Earth Stood Still Secretary of Defense, Dr. Regina Jackson
Revolutionary Road Mrs. Helen Givings Palm Springs International Film Festival Ensemble Performance Award
2009 Cheri Madame Charlotte Peloux
Personal Effects Gloria
The Blind Side Miss Sue
Alice Queen of Hearts Miniseries


References

  1. Film Reference.com biography.
  2. Public Interview with Kathy Bates. Scott's Movie Comments. 16 July 2006.
  3. Kathy Bates's Yahoo biography
  4. http://www.theinsider.com/news/250917_June_28th_2007_Happy_Birthday_Kathy_Bates
  5. http://www.goldenglobes.org/browse/member/29425
  6. http://awardsdatabase.oscars.org/ampas_awards/DisplayMain.jsp;jsessionid=28CC1E862980F252C0F4AFC0CFAB3D7B?curTime=1254877753214
  7. http://www.tonyawards.com/p/tonys_search
  8. http://www.sagawards.org/5_award_rec
  9. http://awardsdatabase.oscars.org/ampas_awards/DisplayMain.jsp;jsessionid=28CC1E862980F252C0F4AFC0CFAB3D7B?curTime=1254877753214
  10. http://www.emmys.com/award_history_search?person=kathy+bates&program=&start_year=1966&end_year=2009&network=All&web_category=All&winner=All
  11. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28580263/wid/17153418/
  12. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/01/09/entertainment/main4710270.shtml?source=RSSattr=Entertainment_4710270


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