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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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