Kathy Bates Biography (1948-)

Full name, Kathleen Doyle Bates; born June 28, 1948, in Memphis, TN; daughterof Langdon Doyle (a mechanical engineer) and Bertye Kathleen (maiden name, Talbot) Bates; married Anthony Campisi (an actor), April 1991 (divorced, 1997). Addresses: Agent: Susan Smith & Associates, 121 North San Vincente Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211-2303; ICM, 8942 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

Nationality
American
Gender
Female
Occupation
Actress, director, producer
Birth Details
June 28, 1948
Memphis, Tennessee

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Appearances
  • Duck and others, Virginia Folk Tales, Wayside Children's Theatre,Middletown, VA, 1973
  • Casserole, Playwrights Horizons Theatre, New York City, 1975
  • A Quality of Mercy, Playwrights Horizons Theatre, 1975
  • Joanne, Vanities, Chelsea Westside Theater, New York City, 1976, then Westwood Theatre, Los Angeles, and Drury Lane Theatre, Chicago, IL, both1977
  • Semmelweiss, Studio Arena Theatre, Buffalo, NY, 1977, then HartmanTheatre, Stamford, CT, 1981
  • Colette, Music-Hall Sidelights, Lion Theatre, New York City, 1978
  • Lenny MaGrath, Crimes of the Heart, Actors Theatre of Louisville,Louisville, KY, 1978
  • Herrick Simmons, The Art of Dining, Public/Newman Theatre, New York City, 1979, then Eisenhower Theatre, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 1979-1980
  • Chocolate Cake, Actors Theatre of Louisville, c. 1980
  • Final Placement, Actors Theatre of Louisville, c. 1980
  • Isabel, Goodbye Fidel, New Ambassador Theatre, New York City, 1980
  • Extremities, Actors Theatre of Louisville, 1981, then International Theatre Festival, Baltimore, MD, 1981
  • Stella May, Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean,Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1982
  • Jessie Cates, 'night, Mother, American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, MA, then Golden Theatre, New York City, 1983, later Mark Taper Forum, LosAngeles, 1983
  • Ella, Curse of the Starving Class, INTAR Theatre, 1985, then Promenade Theatre, New York City, 1985
  • Two Masters: The Rain of Terror, 1985
  • Aunt Dan, Aunt Dan and Lemon, Taper Too Theatre, Los Angeles, c. 1986
  • Frankie, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 1987, then Mark Taper Forum, 1988
  • Elsa Barlow, The Road to Mecca, Promenade Theatre, 1988, then Eisenhower Theatre, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 1989
  • Also appeared in 5th of July and The Shadow Box, New York City; appeared with Folger Theatre Group, Washington, DC; spent two summers with O'Neill Playwrights Conference, Waterford, CT; spent three summers with Sundance Playwrights Lab.
  • Film Appearances
  • (As BoBo Bates) Audition singer, Taking Off, 1971
  • Selma Darin, Straight Time, Warner Bros., 1978
  • Stella May, Come Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, Viacom, 1982
  • Furniture man's wife, Two of a Kind, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1983
  • Woman on Mateo Street, The Morning After, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1986
  • Ruth Stanton, Summer Heat, Atlantic Releasing, 1987
  • Mrs. Canby, Arthur 2 on the Rocks, Warner Bros., 1988
  • Jill, High Stakes (also known as Melanie Rose), Vidmark, 1989
  • Mary Beth Alder, Signs of Life (also known as One for Sorrow, Two for Joy), Avenue, 1989
  • Lisa Coleman, Men Don't Leave, Warner Bros., 1990
  • Mrs. Green, Dick Tracy, Touchstone/Buena Vista, 1990
  • Rosemary Powers, White Palace, Universal, 1990
  • Annie Wilkes, Misery, Columbia, 1990
  • Evelyn Couch, Fried Green Tomatoes (also known as Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe), Universal, 1991
  • Hazel Quarrier, At Play in the Fields of the Lord (also known as Brincando nos campos do senhor), Universal, 1991
  • Elsa Barlow, The Road to Mecca, L & O, 1991
  • Bibby Berman, Used People, Largo, 1992
  • Prostitute, Shadows and Fog, Orion, 1992
  • Leah Blier, Prelude to a Kiss, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1992
  • (In archive footage) Herself, Oscar's Greatest Moments, 1992
  • Frances Lacey, A Home of Our Own, Gramercy, 1993
  • Alaskan Mom, North, Columbia, 1994
  • Ella Tate, Curse of the Starving Class, 1994
  • Meg Bethune, Angus (also known as Angus Bethune, Angus--Voll Cool, and A Brief Moment in the Life of Angus Bethune), New Line Cinema, 1995
  • Title role, Dolores Claiborne, Columbia, 1995
  • Shirley Vogel, Diabolique, Warner Bros., 1996
  • Maurine Collier, The War at Home, Buena Vista, 1996
  • Molly Brown, Titanic, Twentieth Century-Fox/Paramount, 1997
  • Libby Holden, Primary Colors (also known as Perfect Coupleand Mit aller Macht), Universal, 1997
  • Amy Foster, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1997
  • Miss Swaffer, Swept from the Sea (also known as Balaye par la mer), TriStar, 1997
  • (Uncredited) Bankruptcy judge, A Civil Action, Buena Vista, 1998
  • Helen "Mama" Boucher, The Waterboy, Buena Vista, 1998
  • Voice of Raphaella, the Magic Bunny, The Effects of Magic, 1998
  • Mother Superior, Bruno (also known as The Dress Code), NewAngel, 1999
  • Mrs. Mellon, Baby Steps, 1999
  • (Uncredited) The squirrel lady, Rat Race (also known as Coursefolle), Paramount, 2001
  • Ma James, American Outlaws, Warner Bros., 2001
  • Mary Ann Bankhead, Love Liza, Sony Pictures Classics, 2002
  • Mrs. Belmont, Dragonfly (also known as Im Ziechen der Libelle), MCA/Universal, 2002
  • Roberta Hertzel, About Schmidt, New Line Cinema, 2002
  • Grace Beasley, Unconditional Love, New Line Cinema, 2002
  • Herself, Declaration of Independence (documentary short film), 2003
  • The Judge, The Ingrate, 2004
  • Queen Victoria, Around the World in 80 Days, Buena Vista, 2004
  • Kippie Kann, Little Black Book, Sony Picture Entertainment, 2004
  • The Marquesa, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Senator International, 2004
  • Film Work
  • Executive producer, The Ingrate, 2004
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Belle Bodelle, All My Children, ABC, 1984
  • Bettina, a recurring role, Six Feet Under, HBO, 2003-2004
  • Miniseries
  • Bobbi Burk, Murder Ordained (also known as Broken Commandments and Kansas Gothic), CBS, 1987
  • (Uncredited) Rae Flowers, Stephen King's "The Stand" (also known as The Stand), ABC, 1994
  • Movies
  • (Uncredited) Romanian judge, Nadia, 1984
  • Katrine Kovacs, Johnny Bull, ABC, 1986
  • (As Kathy D. Bates) Helen Blake, My Best Friend Is a Vampire (alsoknown as I Was a Teenage Vampire), HBO, 1988
  • Jessie, Roe vs. Wade, NBC, 1989
  • Bonnie Cooper, No Place Like Home (also known as Homeless),CBS, 1989
  • Peggy Say, "Hostages," HBO Showcase, HBO, 1993
  • Mrs. Goo, "The West Side Waltz," CBS Playhouse 90s, CBS, 1995
  • Helen Kushnick, The Late Shift, HBO, 1996
  • Miss Agatha "Aggie" Hannigan, Annie, 1999
  • Christine Chapman, My Sister's Keeper, CBS, 2002
  • Voice, Popeye's Voyage: The Quest for Pappy (animated), 2004
  • Specials
  • In a New Light, ABC, 1992
  • Laughing Back: Comedy Takes a Stand, Lifetime, 1992
  • Narrator, "Amelia Earhart," The American Experience, PBS, 1993
  • Lunar mom, Living and Working in Space: The Countdown Has Begun, PBS, 1993
  • The National Memorial Day Concert, PBS, 1993
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Elizabeth Taylor, ABC, 1993
  • Together for Our Children--M.U.S.I.C., syndicated, 1993
  • Inside the Academy Awards, TNT, 1995
  • Big Eight, "Rodeo," Talking With (also known as Great Performances), PBS, 1995
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful (also known as Popcorn Venus; documentary), TBS, 1996
  • Happy Birthday Elizabeth--A Celebration of Life, ABC, 1997
  • To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th, CBS, 1998
  • Mrs. Margaret Brown, Titanic: Breaking New Ground (documentary), Fox, 1998
  • Herself, Stephen King: Shining in the Dark (documentary), 1999
  • Intimate Portrait: Jessica Tandy, Lifetime, 1999
  • Stephen King: Master of the Macabre (documentary), The Learning Channel, 1999
  • Voice of Frances Marion, Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Power of Women in Hollywood (documentary) TCM, 2000
  • Independence Day 2001, ABC, 2001
  • (In archive footage) Celebrity Naked Ambition (documentary), Channel 5, 2003
  • Herself, AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Heroes & Villains (also knownas AFI's 100 Years, 100 Heroes & Villains: America's Greatest ScreenCharacters), CBS, 2003
  • Narrator, Tupperware! (documentary), PBS, 2004
  • Awards Presentations
  • Winner, The 63rd Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1991
  • Presenter, The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1992
  • Presenter, The 64th Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1992
  • Presenter, The 50th Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1993
  • Presenter, The 65th Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1993
  • Presenter, The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 1996
  • Presenter, The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards, 1998
  • The 70th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1998
  • The 5th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, 1999
  • Presenter, The 5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, 1999
  • Herself, The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Fox, 1999
  • Presenter, The 6th Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, Fox, 2000
  • Presenter, TV Land Awards: A Celebration of Classic TV (also knownas The 1st Annual TV Land Awards), TV Land, 2003
  • Presenter, The 75th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2003
  • The 9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, TNT, 2003
  • Episodic
  • (Television debut) Doreen Allison, "Family Reunion/Too Hot to Handle/Cinderella Story," The Love Boat, ABC, 1977
  • Polly, "Up and Down," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1986
  • Brenda Harris, "Revenge," Cagney & Lacey, CBS, 1986
  • Polly, "Visiting Daze," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1987
  • Nurse Jan Wyatt, "The World: Parts 1 & 2," China Beach, ABC, 1988
  • Charlotte Haley, "One Rat, One Ranger," L.A. Law, NBC, 1989
  • Herself, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, 1990, 1991
  • Narrator, "Aunt Ippy's Museum of Junk," Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories, 1992
  • Charlotte Everly, "Alien Hunter," Third Rock from the Sun, NBC, 1998
  • Herself, Dennis Miller Live, HBO, 1999
  • Stuart's grandma, Mad TV, Fox, 2000, 2002
  • Voice of Motorcycle Officer, "Lupe's Revenge," King of the Hill (animated), Fox, 2001
  • The View, ABC, 2003
  • Herself, Connie Chung Tonight, 2003
  • Coming Attractions, 2004
  • Also appeared as herself, Inside the Actors Studio.
  • Television Director
  • Movies
  • Dash and Lilly, Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • Fargo, 2003
  • Specials
  • "Rodeo," Talking With (also known as Great Performances), PBS, 1995
  • Episodic
  • "Scene of the Crime," Homicide: Life on the Street (also known asH:LOTS and Homicide), NBC, 1993
  • "I Love Lucy," NYPD Blue, ABC, 1997
  • "Family Bizness," Oz, HBO, 1997
  • "An Open Book," Six Feet Under, HBO, 2001
  • "The New Person," Six Feet Under, HBO, 2001
  • "Out, Out, Brief Candle," Six Feet Under, HBO, 2002
  • "The Great Doctor Brown," Everwood, The WB, 2002
  • "Making Love Work," Six Feet Under, HBO, 2003
  • "Twilight," Six Feet Under, HBO, 2003
  • RECORDINGS
  • Video Games
  • (Uncredited) Voice of Margaret Brown, Titanic Explorer, 1997
  • Taped Readings
  • "Chattery Teeth," Stephen King's Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Volume#2, 1993
  • WRITINGS
  • Film Songs
  • (As Bobo Bates) "And Even the Horses Had Wings," Taking Off, 1971

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 3: Actors and Actresses, St. James Press, 2000
    Periodicals
    • Los Angeles Magazine, March, 2003, p. 33
    • Newsweek, August 2, 2004, p. 68
    • People Weekly, February 23, 1998, p. 52

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