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  • Kathy Bates

    Born on June 28, 1948 in Memphis, Tennessee

awards & nominations

American Horror Story (2013)

Kathy Bates as "Madame Delphine LaLaurie"

With more than 300 years having passed since the Salem witch trials, the women who managed to escape that time are now facing extinction. They have recently been the victims of an increasing number of attacks that have forced girls to be sent to a special school in New Orleans to learn how to protect themselves. Alarmed by the recent events and harboring a secret agenda, long-absent Fiona Goode, the most powerful witch of her generation, comes back into town to help protect the coven and destroy anyone who gets in her way.

Emmy (Primetime) (2014) Won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Midnight in Paris (2011)

Kathy Bates as "Gert"

Gil Pender (Owen Wilson) is a screenwriter and aspiring novelist. Vacationing in Paris with his fiancee (Rachel McAdams), he has taken to touring the city alone. On one such late-night excursion, Gil encounters a group of strange -- yet familiar -- revelers, who sweep him along, apparently back in time, for a night with some of the Jazz Age's icons of art and literature. The more time Gil spends with these cultural heroes of the past, the more dissatisfied he becomes with the present.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

About Schmidt (2002)

Kathy Bates as "Roberta Hertzel"

Warren Schmidt (Jack Nicholson) has arrived at several of life's crossroads all at the same time. To begin with, he is retiring from a lifetime of service as an actuary for Woodmen of the World Insurance Company, and he feels utterly adrift. Furthermore, his only daughter Jeannie (Hope Davis) is about to marry a boob. And his wife Helen (June Squibb) dies suddenly after 42 years of marriage.

Academy Award (2002) Nominated Best Supporting Actress
Golden Globe (2002) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2002) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

My Sister's Keeper (2002)

Kathy Bates as "Christine Chapman"

Christine Chapman (Kathy Bates) suffers from schizophrenia, and is unable to live without the assistance of her mother, Helen (Lynn Redgrave). Christine's younger sister, Judy (Elizabeth Perkins), has avoided taking care of Christine growing up and is now living in a different city. But when their mother dies, Judy suddenly finds that she is Christine's caretaker. The self-centered Judy is now forced to reevaluate her priorities, while Christine continues her own quest for independence.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2002) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Annie (1999)

Kathy Bates as "Miss Agatha Hannigan"

In this TV version of the Broadway musical, classic comic strip character Annie (Alicia Morton) is rescued from the misery of Miss Hannigan's (Kathy Bates) orphanage by Grace Farrell (Audra McDonald), whose employer, curmudgeonly tycoon Oliver Warbucks (Victor Garber), has decided to take in an orphan for Christmas. The search for Annie's biological family begins in earnest when Warbucks decides to offer a cash prize to her parents -- if they will only reveal themselves and return to her.

Emmy (Primetime) (1999) Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Golden Globe (1999) Nominated Best Performance by An Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1999) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Primary Colors (1998)

Kathy Bates as "Libby Holden"

In this adaptation of the best-selling roman à clef about Bill Clinton's 1992 run for the White House, the young and gifted Henry Burton (Adrian Lester) is tapped to oversee the presidential campaign of Governor Jack Stanton (John Travolta). Burton is pulled into the politician's colorful world and looks on as Stanton -- who has a wandering eye that could be his downfall -- contends with his ambitious wife, Susan, (Emma Thompson) and an outspoken adviser, Richard Jemmons (Billy Bob Thornton).

Academy Award (1998) Nominated Best Supporting Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1998) Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Golden Globe (1998) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1998) Won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

The Late Shift (1996)

Kathy Bates as "Helen Kushnick"

David Letterman (John Michael Higgins) vies with Jay Leno (Daniel Roebuck) and his manager (Kathy Bates) to succeed Johnny Carson, retiring from "The Tonight Show."

Emmy (Primetime) (1996) Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Golden Globe (1996) Won Best Performance by An Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1996) Won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

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