Kathy Bates

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  • Kathy: I was sick with cancer a couple of years ago. I'd have to say that the most important thing I've ever experienced is going through [treatment] and realizing how I really feel about life ... how I feel about the people in my family, my friends and the people who stood by me.

  • Kathy:I look for a role that hopefully I feel empathy with and that I can understand and love, but also that has that challenge for me to play - a different kind of role, a different type of character, a different time period. But in general, if I get the same kind of visceral reaction with a script like you do when you see a finished movie, that kind of thing of knowing what its possibilities are and you get excited and you think, 'Yeah, I need to do this. I want to do that.' It's a very kind of primitive visceral response that's hard to be more specific about.

  • Kathy: I am a very private person, ... Not shy exactly, but it takes me a very long time to make friends. I still have such a hard time navigating the waters out here

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

  • Kathy: Just purely from the craft point of view, I'm very proud of Dolores Claiborne. In terms of the acting craft and having to play a character at different ages and the movements and make-up-I'm really proud of that one.

  • Kathy: I try to always stretch myself to fit the characters that have been presented.

  • Kathy: I look for a role that hopefully I feel empathy with and that I can understand and love, but also that has that challenge for me to play-a different kind of role, a different type of character, a different time period.

  • Kathy: I always have to sort of fall in love with my characters. When I work on these characters, I just try to make them very real and grounded in the world. It's just the regular work that I do on a character with the director, trying to find out who this woman is and what's her back-story.

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  • In 2003 Kathy was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer, she has since celebrated her 5th year in remission.

  • Kathy has said that she is often mistaken for comedian/actress Roseanne Barr.

  • In 1977 Kathy auditioned for the TV series 'Threes Company' for the role of Janet. The part ultimately went to actress Joyce DeWitt.

  • Kathy's work in the 2008 film 'The Family That Preys' made her the first white actress/actor to have a lead role in a Tyler Perry production.

  • Kathy donated 1 million dollars to the Hurricane Katrina victims.

  • In 1998, Kathy was nominated for a SAG award for her work in the movie Titanic. The category was Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture.

  • Kathy won a WAFCA Award for Best Support Actress in the movie, About Schmidt in 2002.

  • Kathy moved to New York City to pursue her acting career in 1970.

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