For decades, Memphis-born actor Kathy Bates has played nearly every type of part. From her terrifying breakout role as superfan Annie Wilkes in Misery to playing overprotective mother Helen in The Waterboy to more recently playing various chilling characters on American Horror Story, Bates has left her mark on film and TV.
It’s not only her acting that has enchanted audiences and colleagues; Bates is a thoughtful, sweet, and resilient person who takes the same care interacting with others that she does in preparing for a role. These heartwarming Kathy Bates stories remind us why we love to love her and also of some great moments from this gifted actor's career.
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She Cried When She Had To Fight James Caan On The ‘Misery’ SetPhoto: Misery / Columbia Pictures
She Gifted Cody Fern With ‘Funky’ Rings, And He Gave Her A Book Of William Blake PaintingsPhoto: American Horror Story: Apocalypse / FX
She Gushed About Ryan Murphy And Credited Him With ‘Saving Her Life’
She Found The ‘Silver Lining’ In Her Cancer Treatment
She Joked About Ed Helms’s 'Unique Charisma' On 'The Office'Photo: The Office / NBC
She Did ‘The Waterboy’ Because Her Niece Loved Adam SandlerPhoto: The Waterboy / Buena Vista Pictures