Kathy Bates

 

Date Of Birth

June 28, 1948
 

Biography

Born Kathleen Doyle “Kathy” Bates, this Award-winning American stage, theatrical and film actress is also a stage and television director. On June 28, 1948, Kathy Bates was born in Memphis, Tennessee. She graduated from White Station High School and attended Southern Methodist University. She majored in theatre and was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. In 1970, she moved to New York City to pursue an acting career.

She rose as a promising actress, taking part in stage plays in the New York and regional theatre scene. Her first Broadway curtain call came in the 1980s, where she starred in Goodbye Fidel. Lasting only six performances, Kathy then went directly as a replacement in the successful Fifth of July the next year.

Kathy Bates’ first start in films was with Taking Off in 1971, where she was credited as “Bobo Bates.” She starred alongside Dustin Hoffman in 1978 in Straight Time. Things had gotten better for Kathy when she and the rest of the female cast were given the chance to play their Broadway roles in the film version of Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean in 1982. Though Kathy was 34 years old then, audiences were beginning to notice her performances.

For her television roles, she guest-starred in an episode of L.A. Law, and played Mrs. Green in the 1990 crime film Dick Tracy. Kathy Bates also landed the role of Rosemary in the thriller Misery, based on a novel by Stephen King. This earned Kathy her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, and won her a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar for Best Actress. The following year, she starred in the acclaimed Fried Green Tomatoes, and was applauded in 1995 for her performance as the lead in Dolores Claiborne. She also starred as Molly Brown in the box-office hit Titanic, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. She received her second Academy Award nomination in 1998 for her role as Libby Holden in Primary Colors. Kathy Bates was nominated again in 2002 for About Schmidt, where she played alongside Jack Nicholson. In 2006, she played the mother of Matthew McConaughey’s character in the romantic comedy Failure to Launch.

Kathy has also done notable work as a TV actress, receiving several Emmy nominations for her portrayals. She has directed made-for-TV movies such as Ambulance Girl in 2006, where she also appeared. Kathy Bates is also credited for directing episodes such as HBO’s Six Feet Under, NYPD Blue, Oz, Homicide: Life on the Street and Everwood. She has garnered a Tony Award nomination in 1983 for her stage role in ‘night, Mother. In 2010, she was cast as the lead on NBC legal drama Harry's Law, with the role of Harrriet Korn.
 

Place of Birth

Memphis, Tennessee
 

Birth Name

Kathleen Doyle “Kathy” Bates
 

Gender

Female
 

Fun Facts

Graduated from White Station High in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

Graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, USA in 1969 with an BFA in Theater.

Is an artist and writer and hopes to someday write and illustrate her own children's book. She has spoken at award ceremonies for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

Was the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress in a horror/thriller for her role in Misery (1990).
 

Awards

2009: Palm Springs International Film Festival - Ensemble Cast Award for: Revolutionary Road. Shared.
2007: Satellite Awards - Mary Pickford Award
2003: Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards - Best Supporting Actress for: About Schmidt
2002: National Board of Review Awards - Best Supporting Actress for: About Schmidt
2002: Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards - Best Supporting Actress for: About Schmidt
2000: American Comedy Award - Funniest Female Performer in a TV Special (Leading or Supporting) Network, Cable or Syndication for: Annie
1999: American Comedy Award - Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for: Primary Colors
1999: Screen Actors Guild Awards - Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role for: Primary Colors
1999: Blockbuster Entertainment Award - Favorite Supporting Actress - Comedy for: The Waterboy
1999: Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards - Critics Choice Award - Best Supporting Actress for: Primary Colors
1999: Chicago Film Critics Association Awards - Best Supporting Actress for: Primary Colors
1998: San Diego Film Critics Society Awards - Best Supporting Actress for: Primary Colors
1998: Blockbuster Entertainment Award - Favorite Supporting Actress - Drama for: Titanic
1998: Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards - Sierra Award Best Supporting Actress for: Primary Colors
1997: American Comedy Award - Funniest Female Performer in a TV Special (Leading or Supporting) Network, Cable or Syndication for: The Late Shift
1997: Golden Globe Awards - Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV for: The Late Shift
1997: Screen Actors Guild Awards - Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries for: The Late Shift
1997: Satellite Awards - Golden Satellite Award - Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for: The Late Shift
1991: Golden Globe Awards - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama for: Misery
1991: Chicago Film Critics Association Awards - Best Actress for: Misery
1991: Oscar - Academy Awards - Best Actress in a Leading Role for: Misery
 

Filmography

2011: A Little Bit of Heaven - Beverly Corbett
2011: Harry's Law (TV series) - Harriet Korn/Harry Korn
2010: The Office (TV series) - Jo Bennett
2010: Valentine's Day - Susan
2009: Alice (TV mini-series) - Queen of Hearts
2009: The Blind Side - Miss Sue
2009: Personal Effects - Gloria
2009: Chéri - Madame Peloux
2008: Revolutionary Road - Mrs. Helen Givings
2008: The Day the Earth Stood Still - Regina Jackson
2008: The Family That Preys - Charlotte Cartwright
2007: P.S. I Love You - Patricia
2007: The Golden Compass - Hester (voice)
2007: Fred Claus - Mother Claus
2007: Bee Movie - Janet Benson (voice)
2007: Christmas Is Here Again - Miss Dowdy (voice)
2006: Charlotte's Web - Bitsy the Cow (voice)
2006: Guilty Hearts - The Judge
2006: Bonneville - Margene Cunningham
2006: Relative Strangers - Agnes Menure
2006: Failure to Launch - Sue
2006: Solace (short) - Marrows Wife
2006: Have Mercy
2005: Rumor Has It... - Aunt Mitsy
2005: Ambulance Girl (TV movie) - Jane Stern
2003-2005: Six Feet Under (TV series) - Bettina
2005: Warm Springs (TV movie) - Helena Mahoney
2005: Hansel and Gretel (video short) - Narrator (voice)
2004: The Bridge of San Luis Rey -The Marquesa
2004: Popeye's Voyage: The Quest for Pappy (video short) - The Sea Hag (voice)
2004: Little Black Book - Kippie Kann
2004: Around the World in 80 Days - Queen Victoria
2004: The Ingrate (short) - The Judge
1993-2004: The American Experience (TV series documentary) - Narrator
2002: Unconditional Love - Grace Beasley
2002: About Schmidt - Roberta Hertzel
2002: Dragonfly - Mrs. Belmont
2002: My Sister's Keeper (TV movie) - Christine Chapman
2002: Love Liza - Mary Ann Bankhead
2001: King of the Hill (TV series) - Motorcycle Officer
2001: American Outlaws - Ma James
2001: Rat Race - The Squirrel Lady
2000: MADtv (TV series) - Stuart's Grandma
2000: Bruno - Mother Superior
1999: Annie (TV movie) - Miss Agatha Hannigan
1999: Baby Steps (short) - Mrs. Mellon
1999: 3rd Rock from the Sun (TV series) - Charlotte Everly
1998: A Civil Action - Bankruptcy Judge
1998: The Waterboy - Helen 'Mama' Boucher
1998: The Effects of Magic - Voice of Raphaella, the Magic Bunny
1998: Primary Colors - Libby Holden
1997: Titanic - Molly Brown
1997: Swept from the Sea - Miss Swaffer
1996: The War at Home - Maurine Collier
1996: Diabolique - Det. Shirley Vogel
1996: The Late Shift (TV movie) - Helen Kushnick
1995: The West Side Waltz (TV movie) - Mr. Goo
1995: Angus - Meg Bethune
1995: Talking with (TV movie)
1995: Dolores Claiborne - Dolores Claiborne
1994: Curse of the Starving Class - Ella Tate
1994: North - Alaskan Mom
1994: The Stand (TV mini-series) - Rae Flowers
1993: A Home of Our Own - Frances Lacey
1993: Living and Working in Space: The Countdown Has Begun (video) - Lunar Mom
1992: Used People - Bibby Berman
1992: Hostages (TV movie) - Peggy Say
1992: Prelude to a Kiss - Leah Blier
1992: The Road to Mecca - Elsa Barlow
1991: Fried Green Tomatoes - Evelyn Couch
1991: At Play in the Fields of the Lord - Hazel Quarrier
1991: Shadows and Fog - Prostitute
1990: Misery - Annie Wilkes
1990: White Palace - Rosemary
1990: Dick Tracy - Mrs. Green
1990: Men Don't Leave - Lisa Coleman
1989: No Place Like Home (TV movie) - Bonnie Cooper
1989: L.A. Law (TV series) - Charlotte Haley
1989: Roe vs. Wade (TV movie)
1989: High Stakes - Jill
1989: Signs of Life - Mary Beth Alder
1989: China Beach (TV series) - Jan
1988: Arthur 2: On the Rocks - Mrs. Canby
1987: My Best Friend Is a Vampire - Helen Blake
1987: Summer Heat - Ruth
1987: Murder Ordained (TV movie) - Bobbi Birk
1986-1987: St. Elsewhere (TV series) - Polly
1986: The Morning After - Woman on Mateo Street
1986: Cagney & Lacey (TV series) - Brenda Harris
1986: Johnny Bull (TV movie) - Katherine Kovacs
1984: All My Children (TV series) - Belle Bodelle
1983: Two of a Kind - Furniture Man's Wife
1982: Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean - Stella Mae
1978: Straight Time - Selma Darin
1978: The Love Boat (TV series) - Sally Allison
1977: The Doctors (TV series) - Phyllis
1971: Taking Off - Audition Singer
 

Nickname

Bobo
 

Height

5' 3" (1.60 m)
 

Quotes

"I was never an ingénue. I've always just been a character actor. When I was younger, it was a real problem, because I was never pretty enough. It was hard, not just for the lack of work, but because you have to face up to how people are looking at you."

"My mother used to tell this corny story about how the doctor smacked me on the behind when I was born and I thought it was applause, and I have been looking for it ever since."

"The Oscar changed everything. Better salary, working with better people, better projects, more exposure, less privacy."


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