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Kathy Bates

Birth Place: Memphis, TN, USA

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Born in Memphis, Tennessee, she studied theater at Southern Methodist University before moving to New York City to pursue an acting career. She landed minor stage roles before being cast in her first on-screen role in Taking Off (1971). Her first Off-Broadway stage role was in the play Vanities (1976). Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s she continued to perform on screen and on stage, and garnered a nomination for the Tony Award Best Lead Actress in a Play for 'night, Mother (1983), and won an Obie Award for her role in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (1988).



She earned the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Annie Wilkes in the thriller Misery (1990). Her other Oscar-nominated roles were in Primary Colors (1998), About Schmidt (2002), and Richard Jewell (2019). Her other notable films include Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), Dolores Claiborne (1995), Titanic (1997), The Waterboy (1998), Revolutionary Road (2008), The Blind Side (2009), and Midnight in Paris (2011).

Bates is also known for her extensive work on television. She won her first Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for the ninth season of Two and a Half Men (2012) and her second for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her portrayal of Delphine LaLaurie in American Horror Story: Coven (2013). Her other Emmy-nominated roles were in The Late Shift (1996), Annie (1999), Six Feet Under (2003), Warm Springs (2005), Harry's Law (2011–12), American Horror Story: Freak Show (2014), and American Horror Story: Hotel (2015).

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Kathy Bates STAGE CREDITS

[Off-Broadway]
1988
Elsa Barlow [Replacement]

[Off-Broadway]
1985
Ella

[Off-Broadway]
1984
Jessie Cates

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1983
Jessie Cates

[Broadway]
1980
June Talley [Replacement]

[Broadway]
1980
Isabel

[Off-Broadway]
1979
Herrick Simmons

[Off-Broadway]
1976
Joanne

[Off-Broadway]
1976
Performer

[Off-Broadway]
1975
Performer

[Off-Broadway]
1975
Performer


Kathy Bates Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Awards - 1987 - Outstanding Actress - Play

Kathy Bates, Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune


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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1983 - Best Actress

Kathy Bates, 'night, Mother

Tony Awards - 1983 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play

Kathy Bates, 'Night, Mother

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Kathy Bates FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many Broadway shows has Kathy Bates been in?

Kathy Bates has appeared on Broadway in 4 shows.

How many West End shows has Kathy Bates been in?

Kathy Bates has not appeared in the West End.

What awards has Kathy Bates been nominated for?

Kathy Bates has been nominated for the following awards: Outstanding Actress - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune, Best Actress (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for 'night, Mother, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for 'Night, Mother.

What awards has Kathy Bates won?

Kathy Bates has won the Best Actress award from the Outer Critics Circle Awards for the play 'night, Mother.

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