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KATHY BATES (Mother Claus) has been honored numerous times for her work on stage, screen and television. She won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for her portrayal of the obsessed fan, Annie Wilkes, in the 1990 thriller "Misery,” directed by Rob Reiner and based on the book by Stephen King. In 1999, she received Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations and won Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and Critics' Choice Awards for her performance in Mike Nichols' "Primary Colors.”

Bates more recently earned her third Oscar and Golden Globe Award nominations for her role in Alexander Payne's "About Schmidt,” for which she also garnered a SAG Award nomination and won the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress. In addition, she received Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations for her work in Jon Avnet's "Fried Green Tomatoes,” and shared in a SAG Award nomination as a member of the ensemble cast of James Cameron's all-time top-grossing blockbuster, "Titanic.”

Later this year, Bates will be seen in Richard LaGravenese's romantic comedy drama "P.S. I Love You” and also lends her voice to the animated Jerry Seinfeld comedy "Bee Movie.” She most recently completed work on Sam Mendes' "Revolutionary Road,” in which she stars with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

Bates' long list of film credits also includes "Charlotte's Web,” "Failure to Launch,” "Little Black Book,” "Dragonfly,” "American Outlaws,” "The Waterboy,” "The War at Home,” "Dolores Claiborne,” "A Home of Our Own,” "Prelude to a Kiss,” "Shadows and Fog,” "At Play in the Fields of the Lord,” "Dick Tracy,” "Men Don't Leave,” "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean,” "Straight Time” and "Taking Off.”

On the small screen, Bates won Golden Globe and SAG Awards and earned an Emmy Award nomination for her portrayal of Helen Kushnick in the 1996 HBO film "The Late Shift.” Her television honors also include Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for her performance as Miss Hannigan in the musical "Annie”; another SAG Award nomination for her role in the telefilm "My Sister's Keeper”; and four additional Emmy Award nominations for her work on the projects "3rd Rock from the Sun,” "Six Feet Under,” "Warm Springs” and "Ambulance Girl,” which she also directed.

Bates has also been honored for her work behind the camera as a director. She helmed 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. Having directed five episodes of the acclaimed HBO series "Six Feet Under,” she earned a Directors Guild of America Award for the episode entitled "Twilight.” Her credits as a director also include the telefilm "Fargo” and episodes of such series as "Oz,” "NYPD Blue” and "Homicide: Life on the Street.”

Bates first gained the attention of critics and audiences on the New York stage. She was nominated for a Tony Award for her portrayal of the suicidal daughter in the original Broadway production of Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "`night, Mother.” She also won an Obie Award for her performance as Frankie in the original off- Broadway production of "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.”

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Bates received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1970 from Southern Methodist University, which awarded her an honorary doctorate in 2002.


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