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Kathleen Doyle Bates was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, the youngest of three daughters born to Langdon Doyle Bates, a mechanical engineer, and his homemaker wife, Bertye Kathleen (Talbot). She has English, as well as Irish, Scottish, and German, ancestry; one of her ancestors, an Irish emigrant to New Orleans, once served as President ... See full bio »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 36 wins & 57 nominations. See more awards »

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 2014 The Great Gilly Hopkins (post-production)
Maime Trotter
 2014 Boychoir
Headmistress
 2014 Tammy
Lenore
 2012 Cadaver (Short)
Beth
 2007 The Golden Compass
Hester (voice)
 2007 Bee Movie
Janet Benson (voice)
 2006 Guilty Hearts
The Judge
 2006 Have Mercy
 2006 Bonneville
Margene Cunningham
 2006 Relative Strangers
Agnes Menure
 2006 Failure to Launch
Sue
 2006 Solace (Short)
Marrows Wife
 2005 Rumor Has It...
Aunt Mitsy (uncredited)
 2004 The Ingrate (Short)
The Judge
 2002 Unconditional Love
Grace Beasley
 2002 Dragonfly
Mrs. Belmont
 2002 Love Liza
Mary Ann Bankhead
 2001 Rat Race
The Squirrel Lady (uncredited)
 2000 Bruno
Mother Superior
 1999 Baby Steps (Short)
Mrs. Mellon
 1998 A Civil Action
Bankruptcy Judge (uncredited)
 1998 The Effects of Magic
Voice of Raphaella, the Magic Bunny
 1997 Amy Foster
Miss Swaffer
 1996 The War at Home
Maurine Collier
 1995 Angus
Meg Bethune
 1994 Curse of the Starving Class
Ella Tate
 1994 North
Alaskan Mom
 1993 A Home of Our Own
Frances Lacey
 1992 Used People
Bibby Berman
 1992 Prelude to a Kiss
Leah Blier
 1991 Shadows and Fog
Prostitute
 1991 The Road to Mecca
Elsa Barlow
 1990 White Palace
Rosemary
 1990 Dick Tracy
Mrs. Green
 1990 Men Don't Leave
Lisa Coleman
 1989 High Stakes
Jill
 1987 My Best Friend Is a Vampire
Helen Blake (as Kathy D. Bates)
 1987 Summer Heat
Ruth
 1986 The Morning After
Woman on Mateo Street
 1983 Two of a Kind
Furniture Man's Wife
 1978 Straight Time
Selma Darin
 1971 Taking Off
Audition Singer (as Bobo Bates)
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Play: "'night, Mother", by Marsha Norman. Dir. Tom Moore. John Golden Theatre. See more »

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3 Interviews | 6 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Bobo Bates | Katherine Bates | Kathy D. Bates

Height:

5' 3" (1.6 m)
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I was never an ingénue. I've always just been a character actor. When I was younger, it was a real problem, because I was never pretty enough. It was hard, not just for the lack of work, but because you have to face up to how people are looking at you. See more »

Trivia:

Mother: Bertye Kathleen Bates. She died in 1997. See more »

Trademark:

Characters who are frequently tough-talking and outspoken See more »

Nickname:

Bobo

Star Sign:

Cancer

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