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Kathy  Bates

Kathy Bates

Academy Award-Winning Actress & Cancer Survivor


When Kathy Bates speaks, she is applauded not only as an Oscar winner and one of Hollywood's most sought-after performers but for what might be the most challenging and inspirational role of her career: cancer survivor. Diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2003 and breast cancer in 2012—for which she underwent a double mastectomy—she is now in remission and more upbeat than ever. Read More >

Bates has been honored numerous times for her work on stage, screen, and television. Most recently, she was nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Drama for her role in Harry’s Law and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy for her stint in Two and a Half Men. She won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of obsessed fan “Annie Wilkes” in Rob Reiner’s 1990 hit Misery, based on Stephen King’s novel. In 1999, she received Oscar, Golden Globe, and BAFTA nominations and won a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award and a Critics Choice Award for her performance in Mike Nichols’ Primary Colors. Bates earned her third Oscar nomination for her role in Alexander Payne’s About Schmidt, for which she also garnered Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations, and won a National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her work has also been recognized with Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations for Jon Avnet’s Fried Green Tomatoes and she also shared in a SAG Award nomination with the ensemble cast of James Cameron’s all-time top-grossing blockbuster Titanic. Other film projects have included Earthbound, Valentine’s Day, and Wedlocked.

On the big screen, Bates has most recently been seen in Stephen Frears’ period drama Cheri, in which she starred with Michelle Pfeiffer; the independent drama Personal Effects, with Pfeiffer and Ashton Kutcher; Sam Mendes’ acclaimed drama Revolutionary Road, which reunited her with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet; and the sci-fi remake The Day the Earth Stood Still, which opened at the top of the box office.

Bates’ long list of film credits includes P.S. I Love You, Fred Claus, Failure to Launch, Little Black Book, Dragonfly, American Outlaws, The Waterboy, The War at Home, Dolores Claiborne, A Home of Our Own, Prelude to a Kiss, Shadows and Fog, At Play in the Fields of the Lord, Dick Tracy, Men Don’t Leave, Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Straight Time, and Taking Off. Bates lent her voice to Jerry Seinfeld’s animated comedy Bee Movie, as well as Charlotte’s Web and The Golden Compass.

On the small screen, Bates has guest-starred on the NBC hit comedy The Office and appeared in the FX miniseries Alice, in which she plays the “Queen of Hearts.” Read Less ^

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Kathy Bates on Battling Breast Cancer

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Blind-Sided: When Cancer Comes Calling

Kathy Bates's frank and funny talk takes audiences from her diagnosis with ovarian cancer in August of 2003 through her treatment and current remission. Bates encourages audiences to face cancer with candor, which she hopes will lead to greater awareness, earlier diagnosis, and greater treatment.

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