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Kathy Bates

Highest Rated:   100% Straight Time (1978)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
23% Bad Santa 2
  • Sunny Soke
2016
65% The Great Gilly Hopkins
  • Maime Trotter
2016
47% Complete Unknown
  • Nina
2016
22% The Boss
  • Ida Marquette
2016
92% When Marnie Was There
  • Mrs. Kadoya
2015
46% Boychoir
  • Headmistress
2015
23% Tammy
  • Lenore
2014
0% You May Not Kiss the Bride
  • Bryan's Mother
2012
4% A Little Bit Of Heaven
  • Beverly Corbett
2012
93% Midnight in Paris
  • Gert
2011
No Score Yet Guilty Hearts
  • Actor
2011
18% Valentine's Day
  • Susan
2010
66% The Blind Side
  • Miss Sue
2009
50% Chéri
  • Charlotte Peloux
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
2008
21% The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • Regina
2008
22% Alice
  • Queen of Hearts
2008
51% The Family That Preys
  • Charlotte Cartwright
2008
24% P.S. I Love You
  • Patricia Rawley
2007
42% The Golden Compass
  • Hester
2007
21% Fred Claus
  • Mother Claus
2007
51% Bee Movie
  • Janet Benson
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
78% Charlotte's Web
  • Bitsy
2006
40% Bonneville
  • Margene Cunningham
2006
No Score Yet Relative Strangers
  • Agnes Manure
2006
24% Failure to Launch
  • Sue
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
21% Little Black Book
  • Kippie Kann
2004
31% Around the World in 80 Days
  • Queen Victoria
2004
85% About Schmidt
  • Roberta Hertzel
2002
7% Dragonfly
  • Miriam Belmont
2002
No Score Yet My Sister's Keeper
  • Christine Chapman
2002
14% Unconditional Love
  • Grace Beasley
2002
53% Love Liza
  • Mary Ann Bankhead
2002
44% Rat Race
  • Squirrel Lady
2001
14% American Outlaws
  • Ma James
2001
No Score Yet Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Power of Women in Hollywood
  • Frances Marion
2001
No Score Yet 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
80% Primary Colors
  • Libby Holden
1998
28% Swept from the Sea
  • Miss Swaffer
1998
88% Titanic
  • Molly Brown
1997
No Score Yet The Late Shift
  • Helen Mushnick
1996
60% The War at Home
  • Maureen Collier
1996
12% Diabolique
  • Shirley Vogel
1996
No Score Yet The West Side Waltz
  • Mr. Goo
1995
40% Angus
  • Meg
1995
82% Dolores Claiborne
  • Dolores Claiborne
1995
15% North
  • Alaskan Mom
1994
No Score Yet Curse of the Starving Class
  • Ella Tate
1994
No Score Yet Hostages
  • Peggy Say
1993
45% A Home of Our Own
  • Frances Lacey
1993
61% Prelude to a Kiss
  • Leah Blier
1992
38% Used People
  • Bibby
1992
50% Shadows and Fog
  • Prostitute
1992
No Score Yet Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories
  • Actor
1992
73% Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Evelyn Couch
1991
50% At Play in the Fields of the Lord
  • Hazel Quarrier
1991
89% Misery
  • Annie Wilks
1990
60% 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
100% Straight Time
  • Selma Darin
1978

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013
  • Guest
No Score Yet Two and a Half Men
2003-2015
  • Charlie
No Score Yet Alice
2009
  • Queen of Hearts
No Score Yet The Office
2005-2013
  • Jo Bennett
No Score Yet American Horror Story: Hotel
2015
  • Iris
No Score Yet Everwood
2002-2006
  • Director
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
Oz
1997-2003
  • Actor
  • Director
No Score Yet Mike & Molly
2010-2016
  • Kay McKinnon
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet All My Children
1970-2013
  • Belle Bodelle
No Score Yet American Horror Story: Freak Show
2014
  • Ethel Darling
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Six Feet Under
2001-2005
  • Bettina
  • Guest
  • Director
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Voice
77% American Horror Story
2012
  • Ethel Darling Delphine LaLaurie
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
43% Harry's Law
2011-2012
  • Harriet "Harry" Korn

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