Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates


6/28/1948, Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Birth Name

Kathleen Doyle Bates



Also Known As

Bobo Bates, Kathy Doyle Bates, Bobo Doyle Bates, Kathleen Bates, Kathy D. Bates
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The award winning actress, Kathy Bates, was born in Memphis, but graduated from Southern Methodist University, in Dallas,TX. She earned her BFA degree from that school in 1969. Right after school, she headed to New York, where she began acting in the Theatre. It wasn't long, before she…more


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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.

    • 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.

  • Ms Bates a diamond in the industry

    from her passion as Harry Corn for justice, to her obsession in Misery, her unsinkability in Titanic and every role i've seen her in. She takes on the role and runs farther then anyone else could hope to catch up to. I wish her many many more years and roles that make us think, feel ,laugh, shiver in fear or simply smile in her showing US back at us. Ms Bates you are a shinning star, and greatly admired by this humble fanmoreless
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    Kathy Bates is one of the best actresses ever. I like her a lot in Titanic, her character was funny and I think that it was the only good, honest character of all the rich people, since she is the only one that says that they should go up for the drowning people. I also like her a lot in Misery, where she played Annie Wilkes, she is awesome in that movie. She knows how to act, I think she is awesome.moreless