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KATHY BATES (Miriam Belmont) is an Academy Award -winning actress who first earned her considerable reputation in the theater. An Obie Award winner for her performance as Frankie in the original Off-Broadway production of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Bates also received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Best Actress in the Mark Taper Forum production of' the play. On Broadway. she received a Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of the suicidal daughter in Marsha N orman's Pulitzer Prize winning 'night Mother, and the Dramalogue Award.

Born in Memphis. Tennessee. Bates graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and worked in regional theatre in Washington, D.C. and at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. Her first major play in New York was Vanities; she subsequently appeared in an impressive lineup of production including Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (a role she reprised in Robert Altman's film adaptation), Fifth of July and Curse of the Starving Class (another role she reprised for film). She also starred as South African school teacher Elsa Barlow ion the Off-Broadway production of The Road to Mecca, playing opposite the author, Athol Fugard, and starred in the film version as well.

Bates won the l3est Actress Oscar for her unforgettable Annie Wilkes in Misery ( 1990). She was nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe (and won a Screen Actors Guild Award) for her "Libby Holden" in Mike N ichol's Primary Colors (1998). Her many other films include Rat Race (2001), American Outlaws (2001), The Water Boy (1998) the Academy Award-winning Titanic (1997) Diabolique (1996), The War at Home (1991), Dolores Calirborne (1994) Used People (1992), Fried Green Tomatoes (Golden Globe nomination, 1991), At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991), White Palace (1991), Men Don't Leave (1990), Straight Time (1978) and Taking Off (1971, her film debut).

Her work television includes Roe V. Wade (1986), Johnny Bull (1986) and The Late Shift (1996), which brought her a Golden Glove, Screen Actors Guild Award and an American Comedy Award. She also stars in Hallmark hall of Fame's My Sister's Keeper (2002). In 2000, Bates directed her first film, Dash and Lilly, starring Sam Shepard and Judy Davis, which received nine Emmy nominations. She has also directed episodes of Homicide, NYPD Blue, Oz and multiple episodes of HBO's Six Feet Under

Bates can also be seen in Unconditional Love starring opposite Rupert Everett, and About Schmidt opposite Jack Nicholson. Entertainment Weekly voted her one of "The 25 Greatest Actresses of the 90's".

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