Kathy Bates | Tennessee Vacation

Kathy Bates

Memphis-native Kathy Bates is an award-winning actress of stage, screen and television. One of the most diverse actresses of a generation, her range runs side-splitting comedies on the small screen to intense film dramas. A graduate of White Station High School, Bates has been nominated for more than 50 acting awards – winning 17. She’s is a three-time Oscar nominee and took home the Best Actress award in 1990 for Misery. Early in her career, Bates got her start in daytime television and then moved to the stage, garnering a Tony Award nomination for the Pulitzer Prize winning play ‘night, Mother. She also starred with Cher and Karen Black in the Robert Altman directed play, Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. Her film career includes famous turns such as Molly Brown in Titanic as well as Academy Award nominated roles in Primary Colors and About Schmidt. Television also has been a favorite of this remarkable Tennessean with 10 Emmy nominations and winning in 2012 for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in Two and a Half Men. Bates moved into directing in the early 1990s on series such as Homocide: Life on the Street, NYPD Blue, Oz, Six Feet Under and Everwood. She was nominated for a directing Emmy for the mini-series Dash & Lilly. Bates can be seen this winter on the high-acclaimed FX series, American Horror Story: Coven.

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