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An outstanding actress who built an impressive résumé on New York City stages long before making her mark in Hollywood, Kathy Bates was born June 28, 1948, in Memphis, Tenn. After graduating from Southern Methodist University, she headed to the Big Apple and first tasted success with an off-Broadway production of "Vanities."

In 1971, Bates debuted on film in Taking Off, but her big-screen appearances remained sporadic until she struck gold almost 20 years later with her starring role as the unhinged Annie Wilkes in Misery. Her career-defining performance earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Bates won a Golden Globe a year later for Fried Green Tomatoes and followed up with Dolores Claiborne (1995) and the blockbuster Titanic (1997). She snagged two more Oscar nods for Primary Colors (1998) and About Schmidt (2002), and in 2010 added to a long list of Emmy honors with a nomination for the futuristic miniseries "Alice."

Kathy Bates in The Great Gilly Hopkins

The Great Gilly Hopkins

2016 PG

Spirited and rebellious, 12-year-old Gilly Hopkins has been in and out of a long string of foster homes. When she's sent to live with the unorthodox Maime Trotter, Gilly doesn't intend to stay long, but Maime isn't about to quit on her young charge.

  • Kathy Bates in Bad Santa 2 Bad Santa 2
  • Kathy Bates in The Blind Side The Blind Side
  • Kathy Bates in P.S. I Love You P.S. I Love You
  • Kathy Bates in The Boss The Boss
  • Kathy Bates in Titanic Titanic
  • Kathy Bates in Midnight in Paris Midnight in Paris
  • Kathy Bates in Tammy Tammy
  • Kathy Bates in Fried Green Tomatoes Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Kathy Bates in Rumor Has It Rumor Has It
  • Kathy Bates in Charlotte's Web Charlotte's Web
  • Kathy Bates in Revolutionary Road Revolutionary Road
  • Kathy Bates in Dolores Claiborne Dolores Claiborne
  • Kathy Bates in Misery Misery
  • Kathy Bates in About Schmidt About Schmidt
  • Kathy Bates in The Day the Earth Stood Still The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • Kathy Bates in Failure to Launch Failure to Launch
  • Kathy Bates in Annie Annie
  • Kathy Bates in Dragonfly Dragonfly
  • Kathy Bates in American Outlaws American Outlaws
  • Kathy Bates in Bee Movie Bee Movie
  • Kathy Bates in Valentine's Day Valentine's Day
  • Kathy Bates in A Little Bit of Heaven A Little Bit of Heaven
  • Kathy Bates in White Palace White Palace
  • Kathy Bates in Prelude to a Kiss Prelude to a Kiss
  • Kathy Bates in Primary Colors Primary Colors
  • Kathy Bates in The Waterboy The Waterboy
  • Kathy Bates in Around the World in 80 Days Around the World in 80 Days
  • Kathy Bates in Straight Time Straight Time
  • Kathy Bates in My Best Friend Is a Vampire My Best Friend Is a Vampire
  • Kathy Bates in Dick Tracy Dick Tracy
  • Kathy Bates in The Late Shift The Late Shift
  • Kathy Bates in The Cutting Edge: Magic of Movie Editing The Cutting Edge: Magic of Movie Editing
  • Kathy Bates in The Bridge of San Luis Rey The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Kathy Bates in Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys
  • Kathy Bates in Chéri Chéri
  • Kathy Bates in You May Not Kiss the Bride You May Not Kiss the Bride
  • Kathy Bates in Complete Unknown Complete Unknown
  • Kathy Bates in Arthur 2: On the Rocks Arthur 2: On the Rocks
  • Kathy Bates in A Home of Our Own A Home of Our Own
  • Kathy Bates in Little Black Book Little Black Book
  • Kathy Bates in Bonneville Bonneville
  • Kathy Bates in Fred Claus Fred Claus
  • Kathy Bates in Come Back to the Five and Dime Come Back to the Five and Dime
  • Kathy Bates in Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories
  • Kathy Bates in Popeye's Voyage: Quest for Pappy Popeye's Voyage: Quest for Pappy
  • Kathy Bates in Guilty Hearts Guilty Hearts
  • Kathy Bates in Relative Strangers Relative Strangers
  • Kathy Bates in James Marshall's Cinderella James Marshall's Cinderella
  • Kathy Bates in Personal Effects Personal Effects
  • Kathy Bates in Alice Alice