Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates

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Birthday: 
28 June 1948, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Birth Name: 
Kathleen Doyle Bates
Height: 
160 cm
Multi-talented Kathleen Doyle Bates was born on June 28, 1948, and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She is the youngest of three girls born to Bertye Kathleen (Talbot), a homemaker, and Langdon Doyle Bates, a mechanical engineer. Her grandfather was author Finis L. Bates. Kathy has English, as well as Irish, Scottish, and German, ancestry, and one of ... Show more »
Multi-talented Kathleen Doyle Bates was born on June 28, 1948, and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She is the youngest of three girls born to Bertye Kathleen (Talbot), a homemaker, and Langdon Doyle Bates, a mechanical engineer. Her grandfather was author Finis L. Bates. Kathy has English, as well as Irish, Scottish, and German, ancestry, and one of her ancestors, an Irish emigrant to New Orleans, once served as President Andrew Jackson's doctor.Kathy discovered acting appearing in high school plays and studied drama at Southern Methodist University, graduating in 1969. With her mind firmly set, she moved to New York City in 1970 and paid her dues by working everything from a cash register to taking lunch orders. Things started moving quickly up the ladder after giving a tour-de-force performance alongside Christopher Walken at Buffalo's Studio Arena Theatre in Lanford Wilson's world premiere of "Lemon Sky" in 1970, but she also had a foreshadowing of the heartbreak to come after the successful show relocated to New York's off-Broadway Playhouse Theatre without her and Walken wound up winning a Drama Desk award.By the mid-to-late 1970s, Kathy was treading the boards frequently as a rising young actress of the New York and regional theater scene. She appeared in "Casserole" and "A Quality of Mercy" (both 1975) before earning exceptional reviews for her role of Joanne in "Vanities". She took her first Broadway curtain call in 1980's "Goodbye Fidel," which lasted only six performances. She then went directly into replacement mode when she joined the cast of the already-established and highly successful "Fifth of July" in 1981.Kathy made a false start in films with Taking Off (1971), in which she was billed as "Bobo Bates". She didn't film again until Straight Time (1978), starring Dustin Hoffman, and that part was not substantial enough to cause a stir. Things turned hopeful, however, when Kathy and the rest of the female ensemble were given the chance to play their respective Broadway parts in the film version of Robert Altman's Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982). It was a juicy role for Kathy and film audiences finally started noticing the now 34-year-old.Still and all, it was the New York stage that continued to earn Kathy awards and acclaim. She was pure textbook to any actor studying how to disappear into a role. Her characters ranged from free and life-affirming to downright pitiable. Despite winning a Tony Award nomination and Outer Critic's Circle Award for her stark, touchingly sad portrait of a suicidal daughter in 1983's "'night, Mother" and the Obie and Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for her powerhouse job as a romantic misfit in "Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune," Kathy had no box-office pull and was hardly a strong consideration when the roles finally went to film.Kathy Bates was forever losing out when her award-winning stage characters transferred to the screen. First Sissy Spacek took on her potent role as the suicidal Jessie Cates in 'night, Mother (1986), then Michelle Pfeiffer seized the moment to play her dumpy lover character in Frankie and Johnny (1991). It would take Oscar glory to finally rectify the injustice.It was her fanatical turn as the drab, chunky, porcine-looking psychopath Annie Wilkes, who kidnaps her favorite author (James Caan) and subjects him to a series of horrific tortures, that finally turned the tide for her in Hollywood. With the 1990 shocker Misery (1990), based on the popular Stephen King novel, Bates and Caan were pure box office magic. Moreover, Kathy captured the "Best Actress" Oscar and Golden Globe award, a first in that genre (horror) for that category. To add to her happiness she married Tony Campisi, also an actor, in 1991.Quality film scripts now started coming her way and the 1990s proved to be a rich and rewarding time for her. First, she and another older "overnight" film star, fellow Oscar winner Jessica Tandy, starred together in the modern portion of the beautifully nuanced, flashback period piece Fried Green Tomatoes (1991). She then outdid herself as the detached and depressed housekeeper accused of murdering her abusive husband (David Strathairn) in Dolores Claiborne (1995). Surprisingly, she was left out of the Oscar race for these two excellent performances. Not so, however, for her flashy political advisor Libby Holden in the movie Primary Colors (1998) and her quirky, liberal mom in About Schmidt (2002), receiving "Best Supporting Actress" nominations for both. She also turned in a somewhat brief but potent turn as Gertrude Stein in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris (2011).Kathy has continued to work prolifically on TV as a multiple Emmy winner and nominee. She has also taken to directing a couple of TV-movies on the sly. She was nominated for a DGA award after helming an episode of "Six Feet Under," in which she also had a recurring role. While some of her more recent movie parts have been unworthy of her talents, she has more than made up for it on TV playing everything from cruel-minded caricatures (Little Orphan Annie's Miss Hannigan) to common, decent every day folk in mini-movies. More recently she has done some eye-catching, offbeat turns on regular series such as The Office (2005), Harry's Law (2011) and especially American Horror Story (2011) for which she won an Emmy as Ethel Darling.Divorced from her husband since 1997, Kathy has been the Executive Committee Chair of the Actors Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors. Show less «

Kathy Bates's FILMOGRAPHY

Conan - Season 9

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American Dad - Season 16

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Lip Sync Battle - Season 5

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The Highwaymen

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The Late Late Show with James Corden - Season 5

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The Big Bang Theory - Season 12

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American Horror Story - Season 8

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American Dad - Season 15

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Lip Sync Battle - Season 4

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On the Basis of Sex

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The Late Late Show with James Corden - Season 4

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The Death and Life of John F. Donovan

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Stand Up To Cancer

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Feud - Season 1

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The Daily Show - Season 23

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Conan - Season 8

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Disjointed - Season 1

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Chelsea - Season 2

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Krystal

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The Daily Show - Season 22

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American Horror Story - Season 6

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American Dad - Season 14

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Bad Santa 2

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Kathy Bates'S roles

Helen 'Mama' Boucher
Helen 'Mama' Boucher
Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
Maime Trotter
Maime Trotter
Ida Marquette
Ida Marquette
Ma James
Ma James
Roberta Hertzel
Roberta Hertzel
Bryan's Mother
Bryan's Mother
Susan
Susan
Frances Lacey
Frances Lacey
Evelyn Couch
Evelyn Couch
Patricia
Patricia
Janet Benson
Janet Benson
Helen Blake
Helen Blake
Hester
Hester
Beverly Corbett
Beverly Corbett
Sunny Soke
Sunny Soke
Gertrude Stein
Gertrude Stein
Regina Jackson
Regina Jackson
Mother Claus
Mother Claus
Charlotte Peloux
Charlotte Peloux
Dolores Claiborne
Dolores Claiborne
Miss Sue
Miss Sue
Annie Wilkes
Annie Wilkes
Charlotte Cartwright
Charlotte Cartwright
Headmistress
Headmistress
Lenore
Lenore
Charlie Harper
Charlie Harper
Mrs. Givings
Mrs. Givings
Molly Brown
Molly Brown
Joan Blondell
Joan Blondell
Patrol Officer
Patrol Officer
Bettina
Bettina
Gloria
Gloria
Ethel Darling
Ethel Darling
Jo Bennett
Jo Bennett
Madame Delphine LaLaurie
Madame Delphine LaLaurie
Agnes Mary Winstead
Agnes Mary Winstead
Kay McKinnon
Kay McKinnon
Ethel Darling, Madame Delphine LaLaurie, Iris, Ms. Miriam Mead, Agnes Mary Winstead, Thomasin 'The Butcher' White
Ethel Darling, Madame Delphine LaLaurie, Iris, Ms. Miriam Mead, Agnes Mary Winstead, Thomasin 'The Butcher' White
Mrs. Fowler
Mrs. Fowler