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Kathy Bates Biography

Birth Name:
Kathleen Doyle Bates
Birth Place:
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Profession
Actor, director

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

  • 2019Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2016Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or A Movie: nominated
  • 2015Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 2014Critics' Choice Television Awards-Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Mini-Series: nominated
  • 2012Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 2012Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2011Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2011Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2011Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2010Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 2003Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2003Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2003Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2002Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2002National Society of Film Critics-Best Supporting Actress (Runner-up): winner
  • 2002National Board of Review-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2002Toronto Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress [Runner-up]: winner
  • 2002Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress (Runner-up): winner
  • 2002Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2002Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: nominated
  • 2000Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 2000Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1999BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1999Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 1999Emmy-Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 1999Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1999Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: nominated
  • 1998Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1998Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 1998Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: winner
  • 1998Los Angeles Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress (Runner-up): winner
  • 1997Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: winner
  • 1997Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1996Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: winner
  • 1996Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress for a Miniseries or a Special: nominated
  • 1993BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1992Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1991Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: winner
  • 1990Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: winner

Relationships

  • Langdon Doyle Bates -- Father
  • Bertye Kathleen Talbot Bates -- Mother
  • Mary Bates -- Sister
  • Patricia Bates -- Sister