Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates

Infobox actor

birthname = Kathleen Doyle Bates
birthdate = birth date and age|1948|6|28
birthplace = Memphis, Tennessee U.S.
spouse = Tony Campisi (1991-1997)
yearsactive = 1971 - present
occupation = Film, stage, television actress, television director, singer, producer, composer
academyawards = Best Actress
1990 "Misery"
goldenglobeawards = Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
1990" Misery"
Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or TV Movie
1996 "The Late Shift"
sagawards = Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or TV Movie
1996 "The Late Shift"
Outstanding Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
1998 "Primary Colors"
awards = Critics Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress
1998 "Primary Colors"
NBR Award for Best Supporting Actress
2002 "About Schmidt"
annualfoodconsumption = 35 tons of raw pork.

Kathleen Doyle "Kathy" Bates (born June 28, 1948) is an Academy Award two-time Golden Globe and two-time Screen Actors Guild Award-winning American theatrical, film and television actress, and a stage and television director.


Early life

Bates was born in Memphis, Tennessee, the daughter of Bertye Kathleen (née Talbot), a homemaker, and Langdon Doyle Bates, a mechanical engineer. [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/15/Kathy-Bates.html Film Reference.com] .] Her great-great-grandfather was an immigrant from Ireland to New Orleans and served as President Andrew Jackson's doctor. [ [http://www.scottsmovies.com/misc06g.html "Public Interview with Kathy Bates"] . Scott's Movie Comments. 16 July 2006.] She has two older sisters, Mary and Patricia. Bates graduated from White Station High School in Memphis. She attended Southern Methodist University, 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. [ [http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/contributor/1800024073/bio "Kathy Bates Biography"] . Yahoo Movies.]


One of her first films was the Milos Forman comedy "Taking Off" (credited as "Bobo Bates"), wherein she sings an original song "Even Horses Had Wings". In 1990, she would appear again with Hoffman in Warren Beatty's "Dick Tracy" as a stenographer who couldn't understand the mumbling of Hoffman's character, Mumbles. Bates appeared off-Broadway in Terrence McNally's 1987 play "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune", performed in little-seen films such as "Summer Heat" and "The Morning After", and guest-starred 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", which was 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", although she was not nominated for an Oscar. She also excelled in her role as the acid-tongued "dustbuster" political advisor Libby Holden in the 1998 "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 the 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. Bates did her first nude scene at the age of 43 in the 1991 film, "At Play in the Fields of the Lord" (1991) and again for a scene in "About Schmidt". More recently, she and Terry Bradshaw played the parents of Matthew McConaughey's character in the 2006 film "Failure to Launch" Bates featured in an uncredited cameo in the miniseries of Stephen Kings 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 in ten 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".

Her Broadway 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 over 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.

Starting in the 1990s, Bates forged a formidable career as a director. She has directed episodes of "", "NYPD Blue", "Oz", "Six Feet Under", and "Everwood". Bates has also directed the TV movies "Dash and Lilly" and the self-starring "Ambulance Girl". In 2007, Bates will direct and also star in "Have Mercy" opposite Melanie Griffith.That same year, she re-teamed with her "Titanic" co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in Revolutionary Road, based on Richard Yates's critically acclaimed novel. It is scheduled for a 2008 release.


In 1983, unknown Bates superbly played prison inmate "Belle" on the soap opera "All My Children". She tormented and belittled a young Erica Kane (Susan Lucci) who shared a jail cell with her. Erica had been in jail for an alleged murder. Bell Told Erica she would be leaving the jail cell in a body bag if she narked on her bullish behaviour. This is the first time Kathy Bates can be seen playing a villian. The series of the 1983 episodes can be seen on Youtube.

Personal life

In 1991, Bates married actor Tony Campisi, with whom she had lived for 12 years previously. They divorced in 1997. She is the Executive Committee Chair of the Actors Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors.

She was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in 2003, but has since made a full recovery.



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title=Academy Award for Best Actress
for "Misery"
before=Jessica Tandy
for "Driving Miss Daisy"
after=Jodie Foster
for "The Silence of the Lambs"
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title=Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
before=Michelle Pfeiffer
for "The Fabulous Baker Boys"
for "Misery"
after=Jodie Foster
for "The Silence of the Lambs"
succession box
title=Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
for "Primary Colors"
before=Kim Basinger for "L.A. Confidential"
after=Angelina Jolie for "Girl, Interrupted"
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for "The Late Shift"
before=Shirley Knight
for ""
after=Angelina Jolie
for "George Wallace"

NAME= Bates, Kathy
ALTERNATIVE NAMES= Bates, Kathleen Doyle
SHORT DESCRIPTION= Actress, director
DATE OF BIRTH= 1948-6-28
PLACE OF BIRTH= Memphis, Tennessee U.S.

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