Award-winning actress Kathy Bates will be honoured with the 2,589th star on the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame’ on 20 September. The star, in the category of Motion Pictures, will be dedicated at 6927 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the TCL Chinese Theatre. “We are thrilled that Kathy Bates will be gracing our Walk of Fame! This very prominent actor is a triple threat on stage, screen and television!,” announced Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez.
Kathy Bates, who began her career in theatre, is known for playing a variety of roles. Some of her best-known roles include that of a psychotic fan in Misery (1990) for which she won an Academy Award, Molly Brown in Titanic (1997), and the eccentric Roberta Hertzel in About Schimdt (2002). She is also known for the portrayal of real-life socialite Madame Marie Delphine LaLaurie in the third season of FX horror-thriller series American Horror Story.
Bates has won innumerable awards in her career ever since making her Hollywood debut in 1997 with Miloš Forman comedy Taking Off. In 1990, she acted alongside Dustin Hoffman in Warren Beatty’s Dick Tracy as a stenographer. She then appeared in other films such as The Morning After and Summer Heat, before landing her iconic role of an obsessed fan named Annie Wilkes, who holds her favorite author (played by James Caan) captive, in the thriller Misery, based on the Stephen King novel. Bates received her first Academy Award nomination for that role, and went on to win the award.
In 1999, she received Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations and won a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award and a Critics Choice Award for her performance in Mike Nichols’ Primary Colors. Her film work has also been recognized with Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations, notably for Jon Avnet’s Fried Green Tomatoes. Bates also shared an SAG Award nomination with the ensemble cast of James Cameron’s Titanic as well as a nomination for the ensemble of Woody Allen’s biggest success, Midnight in Paris, where she played the role of American author Gertrude Stein.
Bates has also been lauded for directorial skills, with the A&E telefilm Dash And Lilly, starring Sam Shepard and Judy Davis, which earned nine Emmy nominations, including one for Bates as Best Director. She also directed five episodes of the acclaimed HBO series Six Feet Under, earning a Directors Guild of America Award for the episode entitled ‘Twilight’.
Bates, has beaten cancer twice and currently suffers from lymphedema in both her arms due to the disease. She has been a vociferous speaker for lymphedema and lymphatic disease, including assuming the role of National Spokesperson for the Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN) once.
Bates is currently in production in the sixth installment of American Horror Story. She is also in pre-production on Netflix’s new series, Disjointed, a pot-themed workplace comedy where she plays the owner of an LA-area cannabis dispensary.
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