Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates

  • Highest Rated: 93% Midnight in Paris (2011)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% You May Not Kiss the Bride (2012)
  • 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

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Richard Jewell Bobi Jewell 2019
57% The Highwaymen Governor Ma Ferguson 2019
74% 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
No Score Yet Rx Early Detection: A Cancer Journey With Sandra Lee Executive Producer 2018
19% The Death and Life of John F. Donovan Actor 2018
No Score Yet Titanic in Dolby Vision Molly Brown 2017
22% Bad Santa 2 Sunny Soke $17.7M 2016
65% The Great Gilly Hopkins Maime Trotter 2016
51% Complete Unknown Nina $0.2M 2016
22% The Boss Ida Marquette $54.5M 2016
No Score Yet The Ballad of Richard Jewell Bobi 2016
91% 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
50% 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
22% Alice Queen of Hearts 2008
52% The Family That Preys Charlotte Cartwright $37.1M 2008
25% 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 Jane Stern Director 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
61% 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
18% Diabolique Shirley Vogel 1996
No Score Yet The West Side Waltz Mr. Goo 1995
40% Angus Meg 1995
84% 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
44% Used People Bibby 1992
50% 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
90% Misery Annie Wilks 1990
59% White Palace Rosemary 1990
81% Men Don't Leave Lisa 1990
63% 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

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

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
77% American Horror Story
2012
Ethel Darling Ms. Miriam Mead Delphine LaLaurie
  • 2018
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2011
41% Chelsea
2016-2017
Appearing
  • 2017
19% Disjointed
2017
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
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 The Dr. Oz Show
2009
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
33% Alice
2009
Queen of Hearts
  • 2009
83% Six Feet Under
2001-2005
Guest Bettina Director
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
Voice Narrator
  • 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

QUOTES FROM Kathy Bates CHARACTERS

Maime Trotter
You're part of me, no one can ever take that away.
Maime Trotter
I'm not going to add my name to the list of people who failed her.
Maime Trotter
You want to meet your new sister now don't 'chat?
Maime Trotter
You want to meet your new sister now don't 'cha?
Lisa
I thought scotch gave you headaches.
Charles
That's not what gave me headaches.
Evelyn Couch
I never get mad, Miss Threadgoode, never, the way I was raised, it was bad manners. Well, I got mad, and it felt great. I felt like could just beat the shit out of all those punks! Excuse my language. And then when I finish with all those punks, I'll take on all the wife beaters like Frank Bennett, machine gun their genitals, (imitates machine gun) eh-he-he-he-he-he!
Evelyn Couch
(laughs)
Evelyn Couch
Towanda will go on a rampage, I'll slip some tiny bombs into Penthouse and Playboys so they explode when you open them. I'll ban all fashion models who weigh under one-hundred-thirty pounds! And I'll give half the military budget to the people over sixty five and declare wrinkles sexually desirable.
Ninny Threadgoode
It's good to see that you're so happy, and you've slimmed down quite a bit these last few weeks.
Evelyn Couch
I'm just so happy, Big George and Idgie got off. I would've killed Frank Bennett if I coulda. Did anybody really think that Idgie murdered him?
Ninny Threadgoode
Some said yes, some said no. The only person who really knew the answer to that was Frank Bennett, and you know what they say, dead men tell no tales.
Evelyn Couch
I can't even look at my own vagina!
Ninny Threadgoode
Well, I can't help you on that one, honey.
Ninny Threadgoode
Idgie and her friend Ruth ran the Whistle Stop Café. Idgie was a character, all right. But how anybody could have thought she murdered that man is beyond me.
Evelyn Couch
I beg your pardon?
Ninny Threadgoode
Did you know they took my gallbladder out?
Evelyn Couch
Uh, no, I didn't.
Ninny Threadgoode
Oh yes, still in the hospital in a jar. I guess that's where they keep them.
Evelyn Couch
I guess.
Ruth DeWitt Bukater
Will these lifeboats be seated according to class? I hope they're not too crowded.
Rose DeWitt Bukater
Oh, mother, shut up! Don't you understand? The water is freezing and there aren't enough boats Not enough by half. Half the people on this ship are gonna die.
Cal Hockley
Not the better half.
Molly Brown
Come on, Ruth, get in the boat. First-class seats are right up here.
Cal Hockley
You know, it's a pity I didn't keep that drawing. It'll be worth a lot more by morning.
Rose DeWitt Bukater
You unimaginable bastard!
Miss Sue
You like Tennessee? That's a good school. Not at the academic level of Ole Miss but they have an outstandin' science department. You know what they're famous for? They work with the FBI, to study the effects soil on decomposin' body parts. When they find a body, the police wanna know how long it's been dead. So the fine works at Tennessee help them out. Oh, they have lots of body parts. Arms and legs and hands, from hospitals and medical schools. And do you know where they store 'em? Right underneath the football field. So while it's fine and dandy to have 10,000 fans cheerin' for you, the bodies you should be worried about are the ones right under the turf. Set to poke up through the ground and grab you... Well, it's your decision where you wanna play ball. Don't let me influence you.
Annie Wilkes
I thought you were good, Paul. But you're not good. You're just an old dirty birdy.
Evelyn Couch
(after candy has been thrown at her) I'm glad you're feelin' better, Aunt Vesta. Good thing your eyesight's failin'.
Evelyn Couch
I'm glad you're feelin' better, Aunt Vesta. Good thing your eyesight's failin'.
Evelyn Couch
I'm glad you're feelin' better, Aunt Vesta. Good thing your eyesights failin'.
Nurse
I'd thought you'd be happy for Miss. Threadgood.
Evelyn Couch
(Crying and very upset) Happy? Because she's dead?
Evelyn Couch
Happy? Because she's dead?
Nurse
No, that she gets to go home. She just left in a yellow cab.
Evelyn Couch
(Looking VERY confused) I don't understand...
Evelyn Couch
I don't understand...
Nurse
Well, there was really no point in her stayin' here now that Ms. Otis died...
Evelyn Couch
(Wide eyed) Ms. OTIS died?
Evelyn Couch
Ms. Otis died?
Nurse
Well, yes.
Evelyn Couch
Ms. Otis died!
Evelyn Couch
(hopping around laughing)
Evelyn Couch
Ms. Threadgoode, how about tellin' me some more, about Idgie?
Ed Couch
What the hell is this?
Evelyn Couch
That's a low cholesterol. Happy Valentine's.
Ed Couch
God! Are you tryin' to kill me?
Evelyn Couch
If I was gonna kill you, I'd use my hands.
Evelyn Couch
Did you hear that?
Ed Couch
What?
Evelyn Couch
The train.
Ed Couch
No, I didn't hear no train.
Evelyn Couch
Ah, nothin'. I guess.
Bobby Boucher
Mama, when did Ben Franklin invent electricity?
Mama Boucher
That's nonsense, I invented electricity. Ben Franklin is the Devil!
Mama Boucher
[to Bobby] You don't have what they call "the social skills." That's why you never have any friends, 'cept fo' yo' mama.
Mama Boucher
Bobby, deh ever catch dat gorilla that busted outa da zoo and punched you in da eye?
Bobby Boucher
No Mama, the search continues.
Mama Boucher
No son of mine is gonna play any foos-ball.
Annie Wilkes
He didn't get out of the COCKADOODIE CAR!
Annie Wilkes
He didn't get out of the COCKADOODIE CAR!
Gert
The artist's job is not to succumb to despair but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.
Mama Boucher
Bobby Boucher, what did momma tell you about girls!
Annie Wilkes
i call it 'operation hobble'
Annie Wilkes
I call it 'operation hobble'.
Annie Wilks
The operation was called "hobbling".
Annie Wilkes
It's the swearing, Paul. It has no nobility.
Paul Sheldon
These are slum kids, I was a slum kid. Everybody talks like that.
Annie Wilkes
THEY DO NOT! At the feedstore do I say, "Oh, now Wally, give me a bag of that F-in' pig feed, and a pound of that bitchly cow corn"? At the bank do I say, "Oh, Mrs. Malenger, here is one big bastard of a check, now give me some of your Christ-ing money!" THERE, LOOK THERE, NOW SEE WHAT YOU MADE ME DO!
Annie Wilkes
THEY DO NOT! At the feedstore do I say, 'Oh, now Wally, give me a bag of that F-in' pig feed, and a pound of that bitchly cow corn'? At the bank do I say, 'Oh, Mrs. Malenger, here is one big bastard of a check, now give me some of your Christ-ing money!' THERE, LOOK THERE, NOW SEE WHAT YOU MADE ME DO!
Dolores Claiborne
Are you saying there's nobody?
Selena St. George
No, I'm saying there's a whole lot of nobodys!
Gert
Gertrude Stein: The artist's job is not to succumb to despair but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.
Annie Wilkes
Oh, Paul. What a poet you are.
Molly Brown
You shine up like a new penny.
Molly Brown
Remember, they love money so pretend like you own a gold mine and you're in the club
Molly Brown
Remember, they love money so pretend like you own a gold mine and you're in the club.
Molly Brown
"She's a pistol Cal, hope you can handle her"
Molly Brown
She's a pistol Cal, hope you can handle her.
Paul Sheldon
Do you remember for all those years, nobody ever knew who Misery's real father was, or will they ever be reunited? It's all right here. Does she finally marry Ian, or will it be Winthorne? It's all right here.
Annie Wilkes
Paul you can't!
Paul Sheldon
Why not? I learn it from you.
Klaatu
"Your planet?"
Klaatu
Your planet?
Regina Jackson
Yes; this is our planet.
Regina Jackson
Yes, this is our planet.
Klaatu
No, it is not.
Gert
The artist's job is not to succumb to despair but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.
Annie Wilkes
I'm your number one fan
Waitress
I just wanted to tell you I'm your number one fan.
Evelyn Couch
Towanda!, Righters of Wrongs, Queen Beyond Prepare.
Evelyn Couch
Towanda! Righter of Wrongs, Queen Beyond Compare!
Ninny Threadgoode
How many of some hormones you takin' honey.
Ninny Threadgoode
How many of them hormones you takin', honey?
Evelyn Couch
I can't even look at my own vagina.
Evelyn Couch
I can't even look at my own vagina!
Ed Couch
What the hell is this?
Ed Couch
What the hell's this?
Evelyn Couch
That's a low chosetral meal Happy Valentines?.
Evelyn Couch
That's a low cholesterol meal. Happy Valentine's.
Ed Couch
God?, are you tryin' to kill me?.
Ed Couch
God! Are you trying to kill me?
Evelyn Couch
If I was gonna kill you, I'd use my hands?.
Evelyn Couch
If I was gonna kill you, I'd use my hands.
Evelyn Couch
Hey!, I was waitin' for that spot.
Girl #1
Face it, lady, we're younger and faster.
Girl #1
What are you *doin'*.
2nd Girl
Are you *crazy*.
Evelyn Couch
Face it, girls, I'm older and I have more insurance.
Annie Wilkes
Oh god i love you!
Annie Wilkes
Oh god I love you!
Annie Wilkes
[crazed] I don't want her dead! I want her! And you MURDERED her!
Annie Wilkes
I DON'T WANT HER SPIRIT! I WANT HER, AND YOU MURDERED HER!
Paul Sheldon
No! I didn't.
Paul Sheldon
No I didn't.
Annie Wilkes
Who did?!
Annie Wilkes
WHO DID?
Paul Sheldon
Annie, she died. She just slipped away.
Paul Sheldon
No one did! She just died! She... she... slipped away!
Paul Sheldon
Slipped away?! SLIPPED AWAY?! She didn't slip away, you did it! YOU did it! [gets metal stand] You murdered my Misery! [hits wall with stand]
Paul Sheldon
SLIPPED AWAY! SLIPPED AWAY? SHE DIDN'T JUST SLIP AWAY! YOU DID IT! YOU DID IT! YOU DID IT! YOU MURDERED MY MISERY!
Annie Wilkes
How could you?! She can't be dead...Misery Chastain cannot be dead!
Annie Wilkes
She can't be dead, MISERY CHASTAIN CANNOT BE DEAD!
Annie Wilkes
What do you think I say when I go to the feed store in town? "Oh, now Wally, give me a bag of that effing pig feed, and ten pounds of that b*tchly cow corn!" A-and in the bank to I tell Mrs. Bollins, "Oh, here's one big b*stard of a check! Give me some of your Chr*sting money?!"
Annie Wilkes
What do you think I say when I go to the feed store in town? 'Oh, now Wally, give me a bag of that effing pig feed, and ten pounds of that b*tchly cow corn!' A-and in the bank to I tell Mrs. Bollins, 'Oh, here's one big b*stard of a check! Give me some of your Chr*sting money?!'
Molly Brown
You shine up like a new penny!
Gert
"The artist's job is not to succumb to despair, but to find an antidote to the emptiness of existence."
Gert
The job of the artist is not to succumb to despair, but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.
Charlotte Cartwright
My family has been known to prey on the weak.
Charlotte Cartwright
She's seen me through two divorces.
Alice Pratt
Three.
Charlotte Cartwright
Three?
Alice Pratt
Three.
Charlotte Cartwright
Oh right, I try to forget that one.
Annie Wilkes
He didn't get out of the cock-a-doodie car!
Annie Wilkes
And don't even think about anybody coming for you. Not the doctors, not your agent, not your family. 'Cause I never called them. Nobody knows you're here. And you better hope nothing happens to me. Because if I die... you die.
Annie Wilkes
And don't even think about anybody coming for you. Not the doctors, not your agent, not your family. Because I never called them. Nobody knows you're here. And you better hope nothing happens to me. Because if I die, you die.
Annie Wilkes
I thought you were good Paul, but you're not good. You're just another lying ol' dirty birdy.
Annie Wilkes
I am your number one fan.
Evelyn Couch
Face it girls, I'm older and I have more insurance.