Kathy Bates, also known as Kathleen Doyle Bates, is an award-winning American actress. She started her career on stage and got her first movie break in ‘Taking Off’ (1971).
With a formidable presence on stage, Kathy Bates went on to star in movies like ‘Straight Time’ (1978), ‘My Best Friend Is a Vampire’(1987), and ‘Dick Tracy’ (1990). She also landed her best-known role to date, as Annie Wilkes in ‘Misery’ (1990) and won the ‘Academy Award for Best Actress’ for her performance. She acted in some of the best movies of her career after this like ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’ (1991), ‘Prelude to a Kiss’ (1992), ‘Dolores Claiborne’ (1995),‘About Schmidt’ (2002), and ‘Revolutionary Road’ (2008).
‘Titanic’ (1997) and ‘The Waterboy’ (1998) are the highest grossing movies of her career, while ‘North’ (1994) and ‘Bad Santa 2’ (2016) are her worst movies.
She emulated her success on TV too, with her ‘Emmy Award’ nominated roles in ‘Annie’ (1999), ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ (2014–2015), and ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’ (2015–2016). Kathy Bates even won two ‘Primetime Emmy Awards’ for ‘Two and a Half Men’ (2014) and ‘American Horror Story: Coven’ (2013–2014).
Novelist Paul Sheldon, known for creating the character Misery Chastain meets with a car accident. Nurse Annie Wilkes rescues him and claims to be his number one fan. However, she transforms into a violent psychopath, takes Paul captive, and tortures him when she realizes Paul is killing Misery in his latest novel.
It is an Oscar nominated film depicting the story of Evelyn Couch, an unhappy middle aged housewife, whose life is changed when she befriends a colorful old lady named Ninny Threadgoode. The narrative alters several times between Evelyn’s life and Ninny’s tale about her free spirited sister-in-law Idgie, making it a highly enjoyable drama film.
In a small town in New England, Dolores Claiborne is a housekeeper working for a rich heartless lady named Vera Donovan. When Vera turns up dead, Dolores is accused of killing her employer. Meanwhile, her estranged daughter, who is a journalist living in New York City, decides to pay her mother a visit and investigate the matter herself.
In this biographical sports-drama, Michael Oher, a homeless African-American teenager with a troubled childhood, is taken in by the Caucasian family of Leigh Anne Tuohy. With the help of his caring adoptive mother and a determined coach, he is able to attain his potential as a student and an NFL player, becoming an All-American offensive left tackle.
James Cameron's epic retelling of the Titanic disaster is from the point-of-view of 100-year-old fictional character Rose, a passenger of the sunken ship along with her widowed mother and snob fiancé. She explains the back-story of the now-recovered erotic picture of her, sketched by her lover, wandering orphaned artist Jack, whom she had met on the ill-fated ship.
Set in Paris, Midnight in Paris follows a screenwriter who is forced to confront the relationship issues he has with his fiancee and accept that their ways of life are too different to be compatible. The film premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
Retired actuary Warren Schmidt, who is struggling with his dull life, becomes estranged from his daughter Jeannie after she accuses him of not caring enough for his recently deceased wife Helen. Believing Jeannie can do better than waterbed salesman Randall, he travels to Denver in an attempt to postpone her wedding, which becomes a journey of self-realization.
Frank and April Wheeler appear completely happy and in love but Frank hates his job and April is frustrated with her failing ambition. They decide to move to Paris but April’s pregnancy and their affairs make things complicated. Ultimately, April dies while trying to perform a self-vaccum aspiration abortion and Frank is left a shell of a man.
After her husband Gerry dies of a brain tumor, Holly loses the will to live despite attempts by family members and friends to cheer her up. However, starting on her 30th birthday, she begins receiving a series of messages from Gerry that he had previously prepared to guide her towards a journey of rediscovery.
An untold true story of legendary detectives of 1930s. The FBI and other law enforcers found it difficult to apprehend notorious criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. The former Texas Rangers Frank Hamer and Maney Gault teamed up to hunt down the elusive bandits across central US. The two used their instincts and old-school training to end the violence of the outlaws.
This critically acclaimed film was based on former US President Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign in 1992. The film tells the story of Henry Burton who joins the presidential campaign of Jack Stanton, Governor of Arkansas, who is running for President.
Jan is a lawyer who takes up a case involving a major company which is responsible for contaminating a town’s water supply, eventually causing a lot of people to be diagnosed with leukemia. However, this case may bankrupt his firm as well as his career.
Charlotte’s Web is an adventure comedy film, which tells the story of a pig who realizes that he is going to be slaughtered for food very soon. Therefore, he hatches a plan with a spider that lives in his pen to ensure that he won’t be killed.
Robert ‘Bobby’ Boucher Jr. is a mentally challenged water boy for the Cougars football team, who lives with his overprotective mother. When he is fired by his team, he joins the rivals Mud Dogs but soon finds himself playing as a feared linebacker. He not only turns the team around but finds true love.
Eccentric business magnate Donald Sinclair devises a race from Las Vegas to Silver City, Mexico, for the high rollers of his Las Vegas Casino. The US $2 million prize money is kept in a train station locker but the journey proves to be more than what the contestants can handle.
Dr. Joe Darrow loses his pregnant wife Emily in a bus accident while on a Red Cross mission in Venezuela. Grief-stricken, Joe starts believing that his dead wife is trying to reach out to him. When her young patients in near-death condition speak to him in her voice, he wonders whether she is trying to contact him or is he going insane?
In a parallel universe where the ruling power detests free thinkers, an unknown group is kidnapping children. An orphan joins a bunch of sailors, on their way to the far North, to look for the missing children. This fantasy adventure is based on the 1995 book Northern Lights.
Tough detective Dick Tracy is after crimes mastermind Alphonse ‘Big Boy’ Caprice, who is trying to take over the city, and another mysterious criminal, The Blank. Besides, he has to keep girlfriend Tess Trueheart happy, take care of an orphan, and elude advances of seductive club-singer Breathless Mahoney who can furnish evidence against Caprice. Tracy must nab Caprice to save the city.
An adaptation of Jules Verne’s novel, the movie revolves around eccentric inventor Phileas Cogg who is challenged by the villainous, Lord Kelvin, to travel around the world in eighty days. He is helped in his thrilling adventure by his valet, Passepartout, and Monique La Roche, who are hiding their own secrets.
A Valentine’s Day witnesses remarkable ups and downs in some intersecting relationships in Los Angeles. Married-for-many-years grandparents wither a crisis, a lady army officer chats for hours with a businessman co-passenger, a florist plans to propose to his school-teacher girlfriend who has inadvertently fallen for a married man, whereas a sports-reporter is assigned to cover ‘Valentine’s Day’ ……which holds many more twists.
35 years old Tripp still lives with his parents Al and Sue. Having had enough of this, they hire a professional Paula to induce him to leave home. However, Paula ends up falling in love with him. When Tripp finds out about Paula’s manipulation, he ends their relationship. But a happy ending might still be in the cards.
Klaatu, an alien in human form lands in Central Park, along with an indestructible robot nicknamed GORT, to save Earth. But scientists, Helen Benson and her son Jacob, soon realize that saving Earth means the destruction of all human life. As Klaatu learns more about humanity, he tries to save it and stop GORT.
Recently engaged journalist, Sarah Huttinger, visits her Pasadena family with her fiancé, Jeff Daly, for her sister’s wedding. She learns that probably the book and film The Graduate were based on her family and her father may not be her biological parent. For an answer, she must meet the man concerned, Beau Burroughs, now an internet tycoon, who could be her real father.
Santa Claus’s elder brother, Fred, ends up in jail for stealing. Santa agrees to bail him out on a condition that he will come to the North Pole and help him make toys for Christmas.
Michelle Darnell, a wealthy CEO, gets busted for insider trading and lands in federal prison. After being released, she finds herself not only broke and homeless, but also hated. She tracks down a former assistant named Claire, the only person who is willing to help her.
Tammy is a road comedy film, which tells the story of a woman who after losing her job, also finds out that her husband has been unfaithful to her. She decides to hit the road with her alcoholic grandmother.
After graduating from college, bee Barry B. Benson finds the prospects of a career in honey making most uninspiring. Breaking the bee-rule, he talks to a human, florist Vanessa Bloome, who saves his life. As he learns from her that humans consume honey and have been exploiting bees since centuries, Barry gathers evidence to file a suit against humans.
Kathy Bates Awards
|Misery||Best Actress in a Leading Role||1991|
|The Late Shift||Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television||1997|
|Misery||Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama||1991|
|American Horror Story||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie||2014|
|Two and a Half Men||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series||2012|