Fast Facts

  • Made her big-screen debut in the 1971 Milos Forman comedy-drama Taking Off. She had a bit part as a singer and was credited as Bobo Bates.
  • Made her TV debut as a bride in a segment of The Love Boat that aired on January 7, 1978.
  • Starred as Frankie in the 1987 off-Broadway production of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, a role that was specifically written for her by playwright Terrence McNally.
  • Her Oscar-winning role of Annie Wilkes, the psychotic nurse in 1990's Misery, was ranked No. 17 on the American Film Institute's 100 Years: 100 Heroes & Villains list, and No. 77 on Premiere magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
  • Once worked as a singing waitress at a Catskills resort.
  • Appeared in her first series regular role in 2011, taking on the lead character of Harriet "Harry" Korn in NBC's Harry's Law.

Awards

  • 1997, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1983, Tony — Actress (Play): Nominee
  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1999, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1992, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1990, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1998, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1997, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2002, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1999, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2000, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2003, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1999, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1992, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Winner
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1996, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Winner
  • 2014, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1998, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 1991, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 1996, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress for a Miniseries or a Special: Nominee
  • 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee

Relationships

  • Patricia Bates — Sister
  • Langdon Doyle Bates — Father
  • Mary Bates — Sister
  • Bertye Kathleen Talbot Bates — Mother
  • Tony Campisi — Ex-husband

College

  • Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX (BFA in Theater, 1969)

Details

  • Birth Name: Kathleen Doyle Bates
  • Birth Place: Memphis, TN
  • Birthday: June 28, 1948, Cancer
  • Profession: Actor, Director
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