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Kathy Bates

Kathleen Doyle Bates (born June 28, 1948) is an American actress and director. She has been the recipient of numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and two Golden Globe Awards. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, she studied theatre at the Southern Methodist University before moving to New York City to pursue an acting career. She landed minor stage roles before being cast in her first on screen role in Taking Off (1971). Her first Off-Broadway stage performance was in the 1976 production of Vanities. Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, she continued to perform on screen and on stage, and garnered a Tony Award nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Play in 1983 for her performance in 'night, Mother, and won an Obie Award in 1988 for her performance in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. Bates' performance as Annie Wilkes in the tense psychological thriller Misery (1990) marked her Hollywood breakthrough, winning her the Academy Award for Best Actress. Further acclaim came for her starring role in Dolores Claiborne (1995), The Waterboy (1998), and supporting roles in Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) and Titanic (1997). Bates received subsequent Oscar nods in the Best Supporting Actress category for her work in Primary Colors (1998), About Schmidt (2002), and Richard Jewell (2019). Bates' television work has resulted in 14 Emmy Award nominations, including two for her leading role on the NBC series Harry's Law (2011–12). She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her appearance on the ninth season of Two and a Half Men (2012) and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her portrayal of Delphine LaLaurie on the third season of American Horror Story (2013). She also received accolades for her portrayal of Miss Hannigan in the 1999 television adaptation of Annie. Her directing credits include several episodes of the HBO television series Six Feet Under (2001–03) and the television film Ambulance Girl (2005). Description above from the Wikipedia article Kathy Bates, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia​

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Jun 28, 1948 In Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Matlock
Latest Project:
Movie The Smack 2024
Known For
Poster of The Highwaymen
Poster of Bee Movie
Poster of Dragonfly
Poster of A Family Affair
Series Matlock Madeline Matlock 2025
Movie Thelma Thelma 2025
Movie Summer Camp 2025
Movie A Family Affair 2025
Movie The Smack Unknown 2024
Movie The Miracle Club Eileen Dunne 2023-07-14
Movie Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. Sylvia Simon 2023-03-29
Movie Hannibal Hopkins et Sir Anthony Self (archive footage) 2021-03-26
Movie Home Bernadette 2021-07-29
Movie Richard Jewell Bobi Jewell 2019-12-13
Movie The Highwaymen Ma Ferguson 2019-03-15
Movie The Death & Life of John F. Donovan Barbara Haggermaker 2019-03-13
Movie Krystal Vera 2018-04-13
Movie On the Basis of Sex Dorothy Kenyon 2018-12-25
Series Disjointed Ruth 2017-08-25
Series FEUD Joan Blondell 2017-03-05
Movie Bad Santa 2 Sunny Soke 2016-11-23
Series Chelsea Self 2016-05-11
Movie The Boss Ida Marquette 2016-04-07
Movie Complete Unknown Nina 2016-08-26
Movie The Great Gilly Hopkins Maime Trotter 2015-10-05
Series Lip Sync Battle Unknown 2015-04-02
Movie And the Oscar Goes To... Self (archive footage) 2014-02-01
Movie Tammy Lenore 2014-07-02
Movie Boychoir Headmistress 2014-09-04
Movie Cadaver Beth 2012-11-26
Movie Reflections on Titanic Self 2012-09-10
Series Harry's Law Harriet Harry 2011-01-17
Movie Midnight in Paris Gertrude Stein 2011-05-11
Series American Horror Story Miriam Mead 2011-10-05
Movie You May Not Kiss the Bride Bryan's Mother 2011-04-03
Movie A Little Bit of Heaven Beverly Corbett 2011-02-03
Movie Valentine's Day Susan Milton 2010-02-10
Series Mike & Molly Kay 2010-09-20
Movie Personal Effects Gloria 2009-03-05
Series Alice Queen of Hearts 2009-12-06
Movie Chéri Madame Peloux 2009-04-08
Movie The Blind Side Miss Sue 2009-11-20
Movie Revolutionary Road Mrs. Givings 2008-12-19
Movie Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys Charlotte Cartwright 2008-09-12
Series Stand Up to Cancer Herself 2008-09-05
Movie The Day the Earth Stood Still Regina Jackson 2008-12-10
Series The Big Bang Theory Mrs. Fowler 2007-09-24
Movie Bee Movie Janet Benson (voice) 2007-10-28
Movie The Golden Compass Hester (voice) 2007-12-04
Movie P.S. I Love You Patricia 2007-11-15
Movie Fred Claus Mother Claus 2007-11-09
Movie Christmas Is Here Again Miss Dowdy (voice) 2007-10-20
Movie Charlotte's Web Bitsy the Cow (voice) 2006-12-07
Movie Bonneville Margene Cunningham 2006-09-11
Movie Guilty Hearts The Judge 2006-01-01
Movie Relative Strangers Agnes Menure 2006-05-01
Movie Failure to Launch Sue 2006-03-10
Movie Hansel and Gretel Narrator (voice) 2005-01-01
Movie Ambulance Girl Jane Stern 2005-09-12
Movie Warm Springs Helena Mahoney 2005-04-30
Movie Rumor Has It... Aunt Mitsy (uncredited) 2005-12-22
Movie Six Feet Under: In Memoriam Herself 2005-10-25
Series The Office Jo Bennett 2005-03-24
Series American Dad! D.O. Rothy (voice) 2005-02-06
Movie Little Black Book Kippie Kann 2004-08-06
Movie The Bridge of San Luis Rey The Marquesa 2004-12-22
Movie The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing Narrator (voice) 2004-10-12
Movie Popeye's Voyage: The Quest for Pappy Siren / Sea Hag (voice) 2004-09-24
Movie Around the World in 80 Days Queen Victoria 2004-06-16
Series Two and a Half Men Charlie Harper 2003-09-22
Movie Declaration of Independence Self 2003-06-10
Movie Misery Loves Company Self 2003-01-01
Movie Dragonfly Mrs. Belmont 2002-02-22
Movie Unconditional Love Grace Beasley 2002-08-23
Movie About Schmidt Roberta Hertzel 2002-12-12
Movie Love Liza Mary Ann Bankhead 2002-12-30
Movie My Sister's Keeper Christine Chapman 2002-01-27
Movie American Outlaws Ma James 2001-08-17
Series Six Feet Under Bettina 2001-06-03
Movie Rat Race The Squirrel Lady (uncredited) 2001-08-17
Movie Bruno Mother Superior 2000-04-16
Movie Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Power of Women in Hollywood Frances Marion (voice) 2000-08-03
Movie Annie Miss Agatha Hannigan 1999-11-07
Movie Baby Steps Mrs. Mellon 1999-06-26
Movie The Effects of Magic 1998-09-28
Movie A Civil Action Bankruptcy Judge (uncredited) 1998-12-25
Movie The Waterboy Mama Boucher 1998-11-06
Movie Primary Colors Libby Holden 1998-03-20
Movie Swept from the Sea Miss Swaffer 1998-01-23
Movie Titanic Molly Brown 1997-11-18
Series The View Self 1997-08-11
Series 3rd Rock from the Sun Charlotte Everly 1996-01-09
Movie The Good, The Bad, and the Beautiful Self 1996-03-17
Movie Diabolique Det. Shirley Vogel 1996-03-22
Movie The Late Shift Helen Kushnick 1996-02-24
Series The Daily Show Self 1996-07-22
Movie The War at Home Maurine Collier 1996-11-20
Movie Angus Meg Bethune 1995-09-15
Movie Dolores Claiborne Dolores Claiborne 1995-03-24
Movie The West Side Waltz Mr. Goo 1995-11-23
Movie Tupperware! Narrator 1994-02-09
Series The Stand Rae Flowers 1994-05-08
Movie North Alaskan Mom 1994-07-22
Series Inside the Actors Studio Self 1994-08-14
Movie Curse of the Starving Class Ella Tate 1994-09-13
Movie A Home of Our Own Frances Lacey 1993-11-05
Movie Prelude to a Kiss Leah Blier 1992-07-10
Movie Used People Bibby Berman 1992-12-16
Movie Hostages Peggy Say 1992-09-23
Movie At Play in the Fields of the Lord Hazel Quarrier 1991-12-06
Movie Fried Green Tomatoes Evelyn Couch 1991-12-27
Movie Shadows and Fog Prostitute 1991-12-05
Movie The Road to Mecca Elsa Barlow 1991-03-10
Movie Misery Annie Wilkes 1990-11-30
Movie White Palace Rosemary 1990-10-19
Movie Dick Tracy Mrs. Green 1990-04-05
Movie Men Don't Leave Lisa Coleman 1990-02-02
Movie Roe vs. Wade Jessie 1989-05-15
Movie No Place Like Home Bonnie Cooper 1989-12-03
Movie High Stakes Jill 1989-10-06
Movie Signs of Life Mary Beth Alder 1989-01-01
Movie Arthur 2: On the Rocks Mrs. Canby 1988-07-08
Series American Experience Narrator (voice) 1988-10-04
Series China Beach Unknown 1988-04-26
Movie My Best Friend Is a Vampire Helen Blake 1987-10-01
Movie Summer Heat Ruth 1987-05-29
Movie Murder Ordained Bobbi Birk 1987-05-03
Series L.A. Law Charlotte Haley 1986-09-15
Movie The Morning After Woman on Mateo Street 1986-12-25
Movie Johnny Bull Katherine Kovacs 1986-05-19
Movie Two of a Kind Furniture Man's Wife 1983-12-13
Series St. Elsewhere Unknown 1982-10-26
Movie Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean Stella Mae 1982-11-12
Series Cagney & Lacey Unknown 1982-03-25
Movie Straight Time Selma Darin 1978-03-18
Series The Love Boat Sally Allison 1977-09-24
Series Great Performances Self 1971-01-28
Movie Taking Off Audition Singer 1971-03-28
Series The Oscars Self 1953-03-19
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Christine Chapman 1951-12-24