Academy Award winner KATHY BATES (Mama Boucher) is
internationally recognized for her ability to play a wide variety
of characters, ranging from the seriously dramatic to the wildly
deranged to the facetiously comedic, and her role as Mama Boucher
called for her trademark ability to bring authenticity and believability
to yet another eccentric character.
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Bates attended Southern Methodist
University in Dallas, Texas, and learned her craft performing
on and off Broadway. She established her reputation as an actress
of infinite scope by performing in an impressive lineup of starring
roles on the New York stage.
Bates has created an indelible impression on filmgoers in such
lauded roles as Molly Brown in the multi-Academy Award-winning
"Titanic" and Libby Holden in Mike Nichols' "Primary
Colors," opposite John Travolta and Emma Thompson. She also
starred in the 19th-century period romance "Swept from the
Sea," Milos Forman's "Taking Off," "Straight
Time," "Men Don't Leave," "White Palace,"
"Dick Tracy," "At Play in the Fields of the Lord,"
Woody Allen's "Shadows and Fog," "Prelude to a
Kiss," "Used People," "A Home of Our Own,"
"Diabolique," and "The War at Home," and she
garnered tremendous critical acclaim for her performance in the
title role of "Dolores Claiborne."
For her performance opposite Jessica Tandy in Jon Avnet's directorial
debut, "Fried Green Tomatoes," she received a Golden
Globe Award nomination for Best Actress, Musical or Comedy, and
for her performance in the film adaptation of Stephen King's thriller
"Misery," she won the Best Actress Academy Award.
Her acting work on television includes "Roe v. Wade,"
with Holly Hunter and Amy Madigan, and "Johnny Bull,"
opposite Jason Robards and Colleen Dewhurst. Bates also garnered
a Golden Globe Award, a SAG Award, and an American Comedy Award
for her role as Helen Kushnik in HBO's "The Late Shift."
Bates is currently directing her first feature film, "Dash
and Lilly," costarring Sam Shepard and Judy Davis.
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