Kathy Bates

Highest Rated: 93% Midnight in Paris (2011)
Birthday: Jun 28, 1948
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Actress Kathy Bates has been involved in the arts in one way or another since graduating from Southern Methodist University. Among the Memphis native's earliest jobs were a stint as a singing waitress in a Catskill resort and a sojourn as a gift shop cashier in New York's Museum of Modern Art. Bates was type-cast in character roles early on, which assured her a lot more work than the thousands of faceless ingenues in the business. Her film debut occurred with 1971's Taking Off, and she made her off-Broadway debut five years later in Vanities.For a long while, Bates made her name on the stage, only to see her roles go to other actresses in the plays' subsequent film adaptations. In 1983, she was nominated for a Tony award for her stage appearance as a garrulous would-be suicide in 'Night, Mother, a role played on screen by Sissy Spacek. She also appeared as Lenny McGrath in Beth Henley's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Crimes of the Heart, a role played on screen by Diane Keaton. And in 1987, playwright Terrence McNally wrote a part specifically tailored to Bates' talents: the much-abused waitress Frankie in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, a role which won her an Obie award, and, following a familiar pattern, was played on screen by Michelle Pfeiffer.Bates finally got to star in a movie herself in 1990. And what a starring role it was: in Misery, she portrayed the psychotic "Number One Fan" of romance writer Paul Sheldon (James Caan), a searing performance which earned the actress an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. Appropriately enough, Hollywood screenwriters subsequently began making more room for Bates in their scripts. She worked steadily throughout the rest of the decade in films of greatly varying quality. Particular highlights included Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), A Prelude to a Kiss (1992), Dolores Claiborne (1995), Titanic (1997), and Primary Colors (1998), the latter of which featured Bates giving an Oscar and Golden Globe nominated performance as a political muckraker. Following her firey, foul-mouthed performance in that thinly veilied political biopic, Bates added a new credential to her resume, that of director. Initially taking the helm for the made-for-cable feature Dash and Lilly, Bates would subsequently direct episodes of the quirky HBO drama series Six Feet Under, simultaniously taking minor film roles before returning to more substantial roles with the CBS Hallmark Hall of Fame entry My Sister's Keeper. Roles in Love Liza and Dragonfly (both 2002) were soon to follow, and with her turn as an extroverted mother who catches the attention of Jack Nicholson in About Schmidt Bates would recieve her third Oscar nomination.She directed a number of episodes of the HBO series Six Feet Under before joining the cast in season 3 as Bettina. The next year she portrayed Queen Victoria in the big-budget remake of Around the World in 80 Days. She directed he feature Ambulance Girl in 2005. She continued to act steadily in a variety of projects including Failure to Launch, P.S. I Love You, Fred Claus, Bee Movie, and Revolutionary Road. She provided expert support for Sandra Bulock as the younger actress was winning an Oscar in The Blind Side, and Bates joined the cast of The Office in 2009. She was part of the large ensemble in 2010'ss Valentine's Day, and in 2011 starred as Gertrude Stein in Woody Allen's Oscar winning Midnight in Paris. That same year she launched her own network Drama series Harry's Law.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
46% The Highwaymen Actor 2019
73% On the Basis of Sex Dorothy Kenyon 2019
No Score Yet Estrada Sem Lei Actor 2019
No Score Yet En kvinna bland män Dorothy Kenyon 2018
10% Krystal Vera 2018
13% The Death and Life of John F. Donovan Actor 2018
No Score Yet Rx Early Detection: A Cancer Journey With Sandra Lee Executive Producer 2018
No Score Yet Titanic in Dolby Vision Molly Brown 2017
23% Bad Santa 2 Sunny Soke $17.7M 2016
65% The Great Gilly Hopkins Maime Trotter 2016
50% Complete Unknown Nina $0.2M 2016
22% The Boss Ida Marquette $54.5M 2016
90% When Marnie Was There Mrs. Kadoya $0.5M 2015
45% Boychoir Headmistress $0.2M 2015
24% Tammy Lenore $51.1M 2014
0% You May Not Kiss the Bride Bryan's Mother 2012
4% A Little Bit Of Heaven Beverly Corbett $0.5M 2012
93% Midnight in Paris Gert $55.5M 2011
No Score Yet Guilty Hearts Actor 2011
18% Valentine's Day Susan $110.6M 2010
66% The Blind Side Miss Sue $256M 2009
51% Chéri Charlotte Peloux $2.7M 2009
No Score Yet The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club Florence Lowe 'Pancho' Barnes 2009
No Score Yet Personal Effects Gloria 2009
67% Revolutionary Road Helen $22.9M 2008
21% The Day the Earth Stood Still Regina $79.2M 2008
52% The Family That Preys Charlotte Cartwright $37.1M 2008
24% P.S. I Love You Patricia Rawley $53.6M 2007
42% The Golden Compass Hester $70.2M 2007
20% Fred Claus Mother Claus $72M 2007
50% Bee Movie Janet Benson $126.6M 2007
No Score Yet Christmas Is Here Again Miss Dowdy 2007
No Score Yet James Marshall's Cinderella: And More Beloved Fairy Tales Actor 2007
79% Charlotte's Web Bitsy $82.2M 2006
40% Bonneville Margene Cunningham $0.4M 2006
No Score Yet Relative Strangers Agnes Manure 2006
24% Failure to Launch Sue $88.7M 2006
No Score Yet The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing Narrator 2006
No Score Yet Ambulance Girl Director Jane Stern 2005
4% The Bridge of San Luis Rey The Marquesa 2005
No Score Yet Warm Springs Helena Mahoney 2005
No Score Yet Popeye's Voyage: The Quest for Pappy Sea Hag/Siren 2004
22% Little Black Book Kippie Kann $20.5M 2004
32% Around the World in 80 Days Queen Victoria 2004
85% About Schmidt Roberta Hertzel $65.1M 2002
7% Dragonfly Miriam Belmont $30.1M 2002
No Score Yet My Sister's Keeper Christine Chapman 2002
14% Unconditional Love Grace Beasley 2002
53% Love Liza Mary Ann Bankhead 2002
43% Rat Race Squirrel Lady $55.9M 2001
14% American Outlaws Ma James $11.9M 2001
No Score Yet Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Power of Women in Hollywood Frances Marion 2001
20% Bruno Mother Superior 2000
No Score Yet Annie Miss Hanigan 1999
No Score Yet Dash and Lilly Director 1999
60% A Civil Action Judge (uncredited) 1998
35% The Waterboy Mama Boucher 1998
81% Primary Colors Libby Holden 1998
28% Swept from the Sea Miss Swaffer 1998
89% Titanic Molly Brown 1997
No Score Yet The Late Shift Helen Mushnick 1996
60% The War at Home Maureen Collier 1996
15% Diabolique Shirley Vogel 1996
No Score Yet The West Side Waltz Mr. Goo 1995
40% Angus Meg 1995
83% Dolores Claiborne Dolores Claiborne 1995
14% North Alaskan Mom 1994
No Score Yet Curse of the Starving Class Ella Tate 1994
No Score Yet Hostages Peggy Say 1993
50% A Home of Our Own Frances Lacey 1993
63% Prelude to a Kiss Leah Blier 1992
40% Used People Bibby 1992
48% Shadows and Fog Prostitute 1992
No Score Yet Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories Actor 1992
74% Fried Green Tomatoes Evelyn Couch 1991
57% At Play in the Fields of the Lord Hazel Quarrier 1991
89% Misery Annie Wilks 1990
59% White Palace Rosemary 1990
81% Men Don't Leave Lisa 1990
64% Dick Tracy Mrs. Green 1990
No Score Yet High Stakes Jill 1989
No Score Yet Signs Of Life Mary Beth 1989
No Score Yet Roe vs. Wade Actor 1989
13% Arthur 2: On the Rocks Mrs. Canby 1988
No Score Yet Summer Heat Ruth Stanton 1987
No Score Yet Murder Ordained Bobbi Burk 1987
71% The Morning After Woman on Mateo Street 1986
20% Two of a Kind Furniture Man's Wife 1983
No Score Yet Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean Stella Mae 1982
86% Straight Time Selma Darin 1978

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet Lip Sync Battle
2015
Performer
  • 2018
81% The Big Bang Theory
2007
Mrs. Fowler
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2015
76% American Horror Story
2013
Ethel Darling Ms. Miriam Mead Delphine LaLaurie
  • 2018
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
38% Chelsea
2016-2017
Appearing
  • 2017
22% Disjointed
2017
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015-2018
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013-2018
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Mike & Molly
2010-2016
Kay McKinnon
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet American Horror Story: Freak Show
2014
Ethel Darling
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2011
No Score Yet American Horror Story: Hotel
2015
Iris
  • 2015
  • 2011
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009
Guest
  • 2014
63% Two and a Half Men
2003-2015
Charlie
  • 2012
43% Harry's Law
2011-2012
Harriet "Harry" Korn
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2011
  • 2010
89% The Office
2005-2013
Jo Bennett
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Alice
2009
Queen of Hearts
  • 2009
83% Six Feet Under
2001-2005
Bettina Director Guest
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
Narrator Voice
  • 2004
  • 1996
92% Everwood
2002-2006
Director
  • 2002
No Score Yet King of the Hill
1997-2010
Voice
  • 2001
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
Guest
  • 2000
No Score Yet 3rd Rock from the Sun
1996-2001
  • 1999
89% Oz
1997-2003
Director
  • 1998
  • 1997
84% NYPD Blue
1993-2005
Director
  • 1997
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
1993-1999
Director
  • 1996
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
1982-1988
Polly Miller
  • 1987
  • 1986
No Score Yet All My Children
1970-2013
Belle Bodelle

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