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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates

American film actress and director


Born June 28, 1948, in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

Full name is Kathleen Doyle Bates.

American stage and movie actress.

Kathy graduated from high school in Memphis.

She then received her undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and was head of the Alpha, Delta, Pi sorority.

Bates made her film debut in 1971.

From 1973 she worked in the theater, gaining some notoriety only after her role in the 1978 production of Crimes of the Heart.

In the 80's she was actively involved in Broadway productions, starred a lot on television, and was cast in movies in minor roles.

Fame came to Bates after the film Misery (1990), for which she won an Oscar.

In the same year she confirmed the title of "Best Actress" by starring in the multi-award winning film Fried Green Tomatoes.

Among her film work in the 90's, particularly notable are Shadows and Fog (1992) by Woody Allen, Dolores Claiborne (1995) from a screenplay by S. King, Titanic (1997) by James Cameron, the political drama Basic Colors (1998).

In 1991 she married actor Tony Campisi, with whom she had lived for 12 years. They divorced in 1997.


Academy Award (1990):

Best Actress ("Misery")

Oscar nomination:

1998 - Best Supporting Actress ("Primary Colors")

2002 - Best Supporting Actress ("About Schmidt")

2019 - Best Supporting Actress ("The Richard Jewell Affair")

Golden Globe Award (1990):

Best Actress, Drama ("Misery")

Golden Globe nomination (2019):

Best Supporting Actress ("The Richard Jewell Affair")

Screen Actors Guild Award (1998):

Best Supporting Actress ("Primary Colors")


June 28, 1948
Kathy Bates was born in Memphis.


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