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.
Kathy won a CFCA Award for Best Actress in the movie, Misery in 1991.
Kathy's first film that she ever appeared in was called Straight Time.
Kathy was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
Kathy is the daughter of Langdon Doyle Bates and Bertye Kathleen Talbot.
Kathy has two younger sisters name Patricia and Mary.
Kathy was born at 11:12 am in the morning.
Kathy's Oscar winning role in Misery (1990) was originally offered to Anjelica Huston.
Kathy was the narrator for the audiobook version of The Silence of the Lambs.
Kathy presented Anthony Hopkins his Best Actor Oscar award in 1992 for Silence of the Lambs.
Kathy was one of the many previous Oscar winners that appeared live on stage at the 75th Academy Awards in 2003 to honour the 300 acting awards given out as of that ceremony.
Kathy was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Supporting Actress category in 2002 for her role as the sex-crazed mother-in-law in About Schmidt. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for the same film in the same category as well.
Kathy is 5'3"
Bates is the Executive Committee Chair of the Actors Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governers.
Kathy Bates married Tony Campisi in April of 1991 and later divorced him in 1997.
The average Gross of each movie Kathy Bates stars in is $57,379,428 (US).
Kathy is a huge fan of the soap opera All My Children, and played Susan Lucci's cell mate in the late 1970's in a storyline.
Kathy's performance in Misery as the crazed fan gone sadistic, ranked #77 in Premiere magazine's list of 100 greatest movie characters of all time.
Kathy won two Blockbuster Entertainment awards for 'Favorite Supporting Actress in a Drama', one in 1998 for Titanic, the other in 1999 for Primary Colors.
Kathy won the Obie award for her portrayal of the weary love-sick waitress in the play Frankie & Johnny in the Clair De Lune, a part that was written especially for her.
Kathy made her stage debut in the off-Broadway production of Vanities.
Kathy was nominated for a Razzie award in 1995 for her role in North, as 'Worst Supporting Actress'.
Kathy read the book on tape Stephen King's Nightmares & Dreamscapes Volume #2. She read the story "Chattery Teeth" in 1993.
Kathy won an American Comedy award in 1997 for her role in The Late Shift, about the late night talk show host feud between Jay Leno and David Letterman to fill Johnny Carson's vacant seat.
Kathy Narrated The American Experience Services on Amelia Earhart: The Price of Courage for PBS in 1993.
Kathy has been nominated for an Emmy award Seven times.
Kathy's nickname from friends and family is 'BoBo'.
Kathy performed her first nude scene in 1991, at the age of 43 in At Play In The Fields Of The Lord. She repeated the act in 2002 in the hit movie About Schmidt, in a hot tub scene with Jack Nicholson.
Kathy was nominated for a Tony award in 1983, for her role in the Broadway play 'Night, Mother.
Kathy took home an Oscar in 1990 for 'Best Actress' for her role as Annie Wilkes, the pyschotic fan in Misery.
Kathy is the secretary for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Board of Governors.
Kathy graduated with a BFA in Theater Arts in 1969 from the Southern Methodist University.
Kathy graduated from White Station high school in Memphis, TN.
Kathy was the director's first choice for the role of Mama Morton in Chicago. Bates turned it down and the role was played by Queen Latifah.
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.
Kathy: Every time an Oscar is given out, an agent gets his wings.
Kathy: I had never worked with Jack Nicholson before About Schmidt, and I have to say that he made me feel completely at ease during our hot tub scene, where I dropped my clothes. He was a total professional about the whole situation.
Kathy: I was approached by a woman and her son the other day in the street, they ran up and asked for a moment of my time. The woman thanked me for inspiring her to get the courage to leave her abusive marriage with her son. She watched Delores Claiborne and Fried Green Tomatoes, and decided that if my character could make it out, so could she. I thanked HER for inspiring me.