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Multi-talented Kathleen Doyle Bates was born on June 28, 1948, and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She is the youngest of three girls born to Bertye Kathleen (Talbot), a homemaker, and Langdon Doyle Bates, a mechanical engineer. Her grandfather was author Finis L. Bates. Kathy has English, as well as Irish, Scottish, and German, ancestry, and one of... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 33 wins & 88 nominations. See more awards »

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 2018 On the Basis of Sex (post-production)
Dorothy Kenyon
 2017 Krystal (completed)
 2016 Bad Santa 2
Sunny Soke
 2016 The Boss
Ida Marquette
 2016 Complete Unknown
 2015 The Great Gilly Hopkins
Maime Trotter
 2014 Boychoir
 2014 Omoide no Mânî
Mrs. Kadoya (English version, voice)
 2014 Tammy
 2011 Midnight in Paris
Gertrude Stein
 2011 You May Not Kiss the Bride
Bryan's Mother
 2011 A Little Bit of Heaven
Beverly Corbett
 2010/I Valentine's Day
 2009 The Blind Side
Miss Sue
 2009 Personal Effects
 2009 Chéri
Madame Peloux
 2008 Revolutionary Road
Mrs. Givings
 2008 The Day the Earth Stood Still
Regina Jackson
 2008 The Family That Preys
Charlotte Cartwright
 2007 P.S. I Love You
 2007 The Golden Compass
Hester (voice)
 2007 Fred Claus
Mother Claus
 2007 Bee Movie
Janet Benson (voice)
 2006 Guilty Hearts
The Judge
 2006 Have Mercy
 2006 Charlotte's Web
Bitsy the Cow (voice)
 2006 Bonneville
Margene Cunningham
 2006 Relative Strangers
Agnes Menure
 2006 Failure to Launch
 2005 Rumor Has It...
Aunt Mitsy (uncredited)
 2004 The Bridge of San Luis Rey
The Marquesa
 2004 Little Black Book
Kippie Kann
 2004 Around the World in 80 Days
Queen Victoria
 2002 Unconditional Love
Grace Beasley
 2002 About Schmidt
Roberta Hertzel
 2002 Dragonfly
Mrs. Belmont
 2002 Love Liza
Mary Ann Bankhead
 2001 American Outlaws
Ma James
 2001 Rat Race
The Squirrel Lady (uncredited)
 2000 Bruno
Mother Superior
 1998 A Civil Action
Bankruptcy Judge (uncredited)
 1998 The Waterboy
Mama Boucher
 1998 The Effects of Magic
Raphaella, the Magic Bunny (voice)
 1998 Primary Colors
Libby Holden
 1997 Titanic
Molly Brown
 1997 Swept from the Sea
Miss Swaffer
 1996 The War at Home
Maurine Collier
 1996 Diabolique
Det. Shirley Vogel
 1995 Angus
Meg Bethune
 1995 Dolores Claiborne
Dolores Claiborne
 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 Fried Green Tomatoes
Evelyn Couch
 1991 At Play in the Fields of the Lord
Hazel Quarrier
 1991 Shadows and Fog
 1991 The Road to Mecca
Elsa Barlow
 1990 Misery
Annie Wilkes
 1990 White Palace
 1990 Dick Tracy
Mrs. Green
 1990 Men Don't Leave
Lisa Coleman
 1989 High Stakes
 1989 Signs of Life
Mary Beth Alder
 1988 Arthur 2: On the Rocks
Mrs. Canby
 1987 My Best Friend Is a Vampire
Helen Blake (as Kathy D. Bates)
 1987 Summer Heat
 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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She acted in Terrence McNally's, "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune," at the Stage I of the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City with Kenneth Welsh in the cast. Paul Benedict was director. See more »

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Alternate Names:

Bobo Bates | Katherine Bates | Kathy D. Bates


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It's a gift to remember my mother's voice as she read to me when I was a child. I loved to rest my head against her side and feel her voice resonating through her ribs. It seemed to me like I was putting my ear to an instrument being played. See more »


Has said Dolores Claiborne (1995) is her favorite film role. See more »


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