7 Of The Most Memorable Roles Played By Prolific Actress Kathy Bates

Date February 6, 2018 12:22

Kathy Bates is no stranger to television. You may remember her as Queen Victoria in 2004’s Around the World in 80 Days. Her career began on stage, and in 1993, she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play for 'night, Mother.

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Her first feature film appearance was in 1971 in a comedy, Taking Off. By 1997, she had her debut on daily television in the NBC soap, The Doctors. Kathy is also a talented director and has directed some episodes of NYPD Blue, Oz, and Everwood.

Her most memorable roles

Kathy has appeared in 80 movies since 1971. She also has to her credit appearances in 12 made-for-TV movies, 27 TV series, and 9 stage productions. And these are some of her most memorable roles.

1. Annie Wilkes in Misery (1990)


Annie is an obsessed fan who takes her favorite writer hostage.

2. Harriet Korn in Harry's Law (1990)

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Harriet Korn is a patent lawyer who starts her own law firm with a group of associates. But her practice is far from regular.

3. Evelyn Couch in Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

Evelyn Couch is a timid, unhappy housewife in her forties who forges an unlikely friendship with elderly Ninny Threadgoode.

4. Ruth Whitefeather Feldman in Disjointed (2017)

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Ruth owns a cannabis dispensary and recruits her son and a couple of his pals to help run it.

5. Grace Beasley in Unconditional Love (2002)

Grace Beasley is a housewife whose world falls apart when she discovers her husband is leaving her.

6. Dolores Claiborne in Dolores Claiborne (1995)

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Dolores is a caregiver who witnesses an accident that leads to the death of her elderly employee.

7. Delphine LaLaurie in American Horror Story (2013-2014)


She plays the role of an immortal racist who is brought back into the modern world after spending years buried alive.

Battle with cancer

Kathy is a two-time cancer survivor. She was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2003. By the end of 2012, Kathy went public with the news that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Two months before the announcement, she went under the knife for a double mastectomy.

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By 2014, she announced that she was suffering from lymphedema, a condition that causes swelling in both arms. This was a direct result of cancer she so valiantly fought off.

Since then, Kathy has taken up the challenge to provide a voice for people suffering the same condition. She is a spokesperson for the Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN).

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