Kathy Bates

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Kathy Bates
Kathy Bates 2006.jpg
Bates in 2006
BornKathleen Doyle Bates
(1948-06-28) June 28, 1948 (age 66)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
OccupationActress, director
Years active1971–present
Spouse(s)Tony Campisi (m. 1991–97); divorced
Website
mskathybates.com
 
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For the songwriter, see Katharine Lee Bates. For the soap character, see Kathy Glover.
Kathy Bates
Kathy Bates 2006.jpg
Bates in 2006
BornKathleen Doyle Bates
(1948-06-28) June 28, 1948 (age 66)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
OccupationActress, director
Years active1971–present
Spouse(s)Tony Campisi (m. 1991–97); divorced
Website
mskathybates.com

Kathleen Doyle "Kathy" Bates (born June 28, 1948)[1] is an American actress and film director. After appearing in several minor roles in film and television during the 1970s and the 1980s, 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.[2] She followed this with major roles in Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) and Dolores Claiborne (1995), before playing a featured role as Molly Brown in Titanic (1997).

She 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 twelve Emmy Award nominations, two of which were for her starring role on the television series Harry's Law[3] and most recently, a win for her highly praised guest appearance on the third series of FX horror-thriller series American Horror Story, where she portrayed Delphine LaLaurie. She as well won another Emmy Award in 2012 for her portrayal as the ghost of Charlie Harper on CBS comedy series Two and a Half Men, a role formerly portrayed by Charlie Sheen.[4]

Early life[edit]

Bates was born in Memphis, Tennessee, the youngest of three daughters of Bertye Kathleen (née Talbert; 1907–1997), a homemaker, and Langdon Doyle Bates (1900–1989), a mechanical engineer.[1] Her paternal grandfather was lawyer and author Finis L. Bates. One of her great-great-grandfathers, who emigrated from Ireland to New Orleans, Louisiana, served as President Andrew Jackson's doctor.[5] She graduated from White Station High School, and later attended Southern Methodist University, where she majored in theatre, became a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, and graduated in 1969. She moved to New York City in 1970 to pursue an acting career.[6] She was raised Methodist.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Bates' history of Broadway appearances includes 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. She succeeded Amy Irving in the off-Broadway production of The Road to Mecca in 1988.

Bates' 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 Dustin Hoffman film Straight Time (1978). In 1977, Bates made her soap opera debut as Phyllis on NBC's soap opera The Doctors. From 1983 to 1984, she played prison inmate Belle Bodelle on All My Children and from 1984 to 1985, she played Evelyn Maddox on One Life to Live.

In 1990, she would appear again with Hoffman in Warren Beatty's Dick Tracy as a stenographer. She appeared in films like The Morning After and Summer Heat, while guest-starring on television's 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 film Misery, based on the Stephen King novel. Bates 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, based on the novel by comedic actress Fannie Flagg.

In 1995, Bates played 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 Molly Brown in James Cameron's Titanic. Based on the 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic, the film went on to earn more than US$1.8 billion in box-office receipts worldwide.[7]

Bates also excelled in her role as the acid-tongued "dustbuster" political advisor Libby Holden in the 1998 drama film Primary Colors, which was adapted from the book in which political journalist Joe Klein novelized his experiences on the Presidential campaign trail in 1991–1992. For this performance, she received her second Academy Award nomination, for Best Supporting Actress. In 2002 she received her third nomination, for About Schmidt. More recently, she and Terry Bradshaw played the parents of Matthew McConaughey's character in the 2006 film Failure to Launch. Bates was featured in an uncredited cameo in the miniseries of Stephen King's The Stand.

Bates has been nominated for an Emmy Award[8] eight times: Outstanding Supporting Actress 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 and received a Supporting Actress nomination for Alice.

She appeared in 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. She also had a recurring guest role on the American version of The Office as Jo Bennett.

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 directed the television 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 Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in Revolutionary Road. She starred in David E. Kelley's legal drama Harry's Law, which began airing on NBC on January 17, 2011, but was cancelled on May 14, 2012.[9]

In 2012, Bates made a guest appearance on Two and a Half Men as the ghost of Charlie Harper on the episode, "Why We Gave Up Women", which aired on April 30, 2012. In the episode Charlie has returned as a ghost to haunt his brother, Alan (Jon Cryer). He tells Alan that after a life of womanizing and debauchery, he was sent to hell and condemned to spend eternity in a woman's body. This guest appearance resulted in Bates' winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. It was Bates' first Emmy win after nine nominations. In 2013, she began starring in the American Horror Story series' third season, Coven as Delphine LaLaurie, an immortal racist who is brought back into the modern world after spending years buried alive.

Affiliations[edit]

Bates is the Executive Committee Chair of the Actors Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors.[10]

Cancer battles[edit]

Bates has successfully battled ovarian cancer since her diagnosis in 2003. In September 2012, she revealed via Twitter that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer two months earlier and had undergone a double mastectomy.[11][12]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1971Taking OffAudition Singeras Bobo Bates
1978Straight TimeSelma Darin
1982Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy DeanStella Mae
1983Two of a KindFurniture man's wife
1986Morning After, TheThe Morning AfterWoman on Mateo Street
1986Johnny BullKatherine KovacsTelevision film
1987Murder OrdainedBobbi BirkTelevision movie
1987Summer HeatRuth
1987My Best Friend Is a VampireHelen Blakeas Kathy D. Bates
1988Arthur 2: On the RocksMrs. Canby
1989Signs of LifeMary Beth Alder
1989Roe vs. WadeUnknownTelevision film
1989No Place Like HomeBoonie CooperTelevision film
1989High StakesJill
1990Men Don't LeaveLisa Coleman
1990Dick TracyMrs. Green
1990White PalaceRosemary
1990MiseryAnnie Wilkes
1991Shadows and FogProstitute
1991At Play in the Fields of the LordHazel Quarrier
1991Fried Green TomatoesEvelyn Couch
1992Road to Mecca, TheThe Road to MeccaElsa Barlow
1992Prelude to a KissLeah Blier
1992Used PeopleBibby Berman
1993HostagesPeggy SayTelevision film
1993Living and Working in Space: The Countdown Has BegunLunar MomDirect-to-video
1993Home of Our Own, AA Home of Our OwnFrances Lacey
1994NorthAlaskan mom
1994Curse of the Starving ClassElla Tate
1995Dolores ClaiborneDolores Claiborne
1995AngusMeg Bethune
1995West Side Waltz, TheThe West Side WaltzMr. GooTelevision film
1996Late Shift, TheThe Late ShiftHelen KushnickTelevision film
1996DiaboliqueDet. Shirley Vogel
1996War at Home, TheThe War at HomeMaurine Collier
1997Swept from the SeaMiss Swaffer
1997TitanicMolly Brown
1998Primary ColorsLibby Holden
1998Effects of Magic, TheThe Effects of MagicRaphaella, the Magic Bunnyvoice
1998Waterboy, TheThe WaterboyHelen "Mama" Boucher
1998A Civil ActionBankruptcy judgeuncredited
1999AnnieMiss Agatha HanniganTelevision film
1999Baby StepsMrs. Mellonshort film
1999Dash and LilyDirector
2000BrunoMother Superior
2001Rat RaceThe Squirrel Ladyuncredited
2001American OutlawsMa James
2002My Sister's KeeperChristine ChapmanTelevision film
2002Love LizaMary Ann Bankhead
2002DragonflyMrs. Belmont
2002About SchmidtRoberta Hertzel
2002Unconditional LoveGrace Beasley
2004Around the World in 80 DaysQueen Victoria
2004Little Black BookKippie Kann
2004Popeye's Voyage: The Quest for PappySea Hagvoice
2004Ingrate, TheThe IngrateThe Judgeshort film
2004The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie EditingNarratordocumentary
2004Bridge of San Luis Rey, TheThe Bridge of San Luis ReyThe Marquesa
2005Hansel and GretelNarratordirect-to-video
2005Guilty HeartsThe Judge
2005Rumor Has It...Aunt Mitsyuncredited
2005Ambulance GirlJane SternTelevision film
2005Warm SpringsHelena MahoneyTelevision film
2006Failure to LaunchSue
2006Have MercyUnknown
2006SolaceMarrow's wife
2006Relative StrangersAgnes Menure
2006BonnevilleMargene
2006Charlotte's WebBitsy the Cowvoice
2007Bee MovieJanet Bensonvoice
2007Fred ClausMother Claus
2007Golden Compass, TheThe Golden CompassHestervoice
2007P.S. I Love YouPatricia
2007Christmas Is Here AgainMiss Dowdyvoice
2008Family That Preys, TheThe Family That PreysCharlotte Cartwright
2008Day the Earth Stood Still, TheThe Day the Earth Stood StillSecretary of Defense, Dr. Regina Jackson
2008Revolutionary RoadMrs. Helen Givings
2009CheriMadame Charlotte Peloux
2009Personal EffectsGloria
2009Blind Side, TheThe Blind SideMiss Sue
2009The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding ClubNarrator
2010Valentine's DaySusan Milton
2011Midnight in ParisGertrude Stein
2011You May Not Kiss the BrideBryan's Mother
2011Little Bit of Heaven, AA Little Bit of HeavenBeverly Corbett
2014TammyLenore
2014The Great Gilly HopkinsMaime Trotter
2015BoychoirFilming

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1977Doctors, TheThe DoctorsPhyllisUnknown episodes
1978Love Boat, TheThe Love BoatSally Allison3 episodes
1984All My ChildrenBelle BodelleUnknown episodes
1984One Life to LiveEvelyn MaddoxEpisode: "December 17, 1984"
1986Cagney & LaceyBrenda HarrisEpisode: "Revenge"
1986–87St. ElsewherePolly2 episodes
1989China BeachJanEpisode: "The World: Part 2"
1989L.A. LawCharlotte HaleyEpisode: "One Rat, One Ranger"
1993–2004American Experience, TheThe American ExperienceNarrator2 episodes
1994Stand, TheThe StandRae Flowers (uncredited)Episode: "The Plague"
19993rd Rock from the SunCharlotte EverlyEpisode: "Alien Hunter"
2000MADtvStuart's GrandmaEpisode: "#6.2"
2001King of the HillPolice OfficerEpisode: "Lupe's Revenge"
2003–05Six Feet UnderBettina10 episodes
2009AliceQueen of Hearts2 episodes
2010–11The OfficeJo Bennett8 episodes
2011–12Harry's LawHarriet Korn34 episodes
2012Two and a Half MenCharlie HarperEpisode: "Why We Gave Up Women"
2013–presentAmerican Horror StoryDelphine LaLaurieCoven: 10 episodes
Ethel Darling[13]Freak Show: TBD
2014Mike & MollyKay McKinnonEpisode: "Three Girls And an Urn"

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
1991Academy AwardsBest ActressMiseryWon
1991Chicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressMiseryWon
1991Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Motion Picture DramaMiseryWon
1992Saturn AwardsBest ActressMiseryNominated
1992American Comedy AwardsFunniest Actress in a Motion PictureFried Green TomatoesNominated
1992Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Motion Picture Musical or ComedyFried Green TomatoesNominated
1993BAFTA AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting RoleFried Green TomatoesNominated
1995Golden Raspberry AwardsWorst Supporting ActressNorthNominated
1996Chicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressDolores ClairborneNominated
1996Saturn AwardsBest ActressDolores ClairborneNominated
1996Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieThe Last ShiftNominated
1997American Comedy AwardsFunniest Female Performer on TelevisionThe Late ShiftWon
1997Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmThe Late ShiftWon
1997Satellite AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmThe Late ShiftWon
1997Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television MovieThe Late ShiftWon
1998Blockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Supporting Actress in a DramaTitanicWon
1998Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureTitanicNominated
1998Online Film & Television Association AwardsBest Comedy/Musical ActressPrimary ColorsNominated
1998Online Film & Television Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressPrimary ColorsWon
1999Academy AwardsBest Supporting ActressPrimary ColorsNominated
1999American Comedy AwardsFunniest Supporting Actress in a Motion PicturePrimary ColorsWon
1999BAFTA AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting RolePrimary ColorsNominated
1999Blockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Supporting Actress in a DramaPrimary ColorsWon
1999Broadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressPrimary ColorsWon
1999Chicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressPrimary ColorsWon
1999Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Motion PicturePrimary ColorsNominated
1999Satellite AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Motion PicturePrimary ColorsNominated
1999Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting RolePrimary ColorsWon
1999Blockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Supporting Actress in a ComedyThe WaterboyWon
1999Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic SpecialDash and LillyNominated
1999Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series3rd Rock from the SunNominated
1999Online Film & Television Association AwardsBest Guest Actress in a Comedy Series3rd Rock from the SunNominated
2000American Comedy AwardsFunniest Female Performer on TelevisionAnnieWon
2000Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmAnnieNominated
2000Online Film & Television Association AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesAnnieWon
2000Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieAnnieNominated
2000Satellite AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmAnnieNominated
2000Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television MovieAnnieNominated
2002Online Film & Television Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressAbout SchmidtNominated
2003Academy AwardsBest Supporting ActressAbout SchmidtNominated
2003Broadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressAbout SchmidtNominated
2003Chicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressAbout SchmidtNominated
2003Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Motion PictureAbout SchmidtNominated
2003Phoenix Film Critics SocietyBest Supporting ActressAbout SchmidtNominated
2003Satellite AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Motion PictureAbout SchmidtNominated
2003Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting RoleAbout SchmidtNominated
2003Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Miniseries or Television FilmMy Sister's KeeperNominated
2003Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television MovieMy Sister's KeeperNominated
2003Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesSix Feet UnderNominated
2003Online Film & Television Association AwardsBest Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesSix Feet UnderNominated
2004Online Film & Television Association AwardsBest Guest Actress in a Drama SeriesSix Feet UnderNominated
2004Directors Guild of America AwardsOutstanding Directing – Drama SeriesSix Feet UnderNominated
2005Online Film & Television Association AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesWarm SpringsNominated
2005Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieWarm SpringsNominated
2006Online Film & Television Association AwardsBest Actress in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesAmbulance GirlNominated
2006Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieAmbulance GirlNominated
2009Palm Springs International Film FestivalBest Ensemble CastRevolutionary RoadWon
2010Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieAliceNominated
2011Online Film & Television Association AwardsBest Actress in a Drama SeriesHarry's LawNominated
2011Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesHarry's LawNominated
2011Phoenix Film Critics SocietyBest Ensemble ActingMidnight in ParisNominated
2012Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureMidnight in ParisNominated
2012Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesHarry's LawNominated
2012Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama SeriesHarry's LawNominated
2012Online Film & Television Association AwardsBest Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesTwo and a Half MenNominated
2012Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesTwo and a Half MenWon
2014Critics' Choice Television AwardsBest Movie/Miniseries Supporting ActressAmerican Horror Story: CovenNominated
2014Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieAmerican Horror Story: CovenWon
2014Satellite AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmAmerican Horror Story: CovenNominated
2014Saturn AwardsBest Supporting Actress on TelevisionAmerican Horror Story: CovenNominated
2014Online Film & Television Association AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesAmerican Horror Story: CovenWon
2014Online Film & Television Association AwardsBest Ensemble in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesAmerican Horror Story: CovenNominated
2014Online Film & Television Association AwardsBest Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesMike & MollyNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Film Reference.com biography". FilmReference.com. Retrieved August 4, 2010. 
  2. ^ Bagger, The (January 9, 2009). "Kathy Bates: An Oscar and a Lovely Career to Go With It". The New York Times. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Kathy Bates". emmys.com. Retrieved September 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ Prudom, Laura (15 March 2013). "'American Horror Story: Coven': Kathy Bates To Star In Season 3, Featuring Witches And Filming In New Orleans". The Huffington Post. Retrieved March 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ Larson, Scott (July 16, 2006). "Public Interview with Kathy Bates.". ScottsMovies.com. Scott's Movie Comments. Retrieved August 4, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Kathy Bates' Yahoo biography". movies.Yahoo.com. Retrieved August 4, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Worldwide Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 20, 2009. 
  8. ^ Kathy Bates Emmy Nominated
  9. ^ "NBC Adds To New Scripted Lineup With Four New Series – 'The Cape', 'Outlaw', 'Harry's Law', And 'Friends With Benefits' – And Renews 'Chuck' For Fourth Season In 2010–11" (Press release). NBC Universal. May 14, 2010. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  10. ^ Published June 27, 2007 by. "June 28, 2007 – Happy Birthday Kathy Bates!". Theinsider.com. Retrieved August 4, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Kathy Bates reveals she is battling breast cancer". Retrieved September 13, 2012. 
  12. ^ Celizic, Mike (January 9, 2009). "Kathy Bates reveals her triumph over ovarian cancer". MSN. Retrieved January 17, 2011. 
  13. ^ http://au.eonline.com/news/524361/the-american-horror-story-season-4-title-is?cmpid=sn-111021-facebook-na-eonline

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