About Speaker Kathy Bates…
When she speaks, Kathy Bates is applauded not only as an Oscar winner and one of Hollywood’s most sought-after performers but for what might be the most important role of her career: cancer survivor. Diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2003 and breast cancer in 2012 – for which she underwent a double mastectomy – she is now in remission and more upbeat than ever.
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Bates has been honored numerous times for her work on stage, screen, and television. Most recently, she was nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Drama for her role in Harry’s Law and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy for her stint in Two and a Half Men. She was awarded an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of obsessed fan “Annie Wilkes” in Rob Reiner’s 1990 hit Misery, based on Stephen King’s novel. In 1999, she received Oscar, Golden Globe, and BAFTA nominations and won a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award and a Critics Choice Award for her performance in Mike Nichols’ Primary Colors. Bates earned her third Oscar nomination for her role in Alexander Payne’s About Schmidt, for which she also garnered Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations, and won a National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her work has also been recognized with Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations for Jon Avnet’s Fried Green Tomatoes and she also shared in a SAG Award nomination with the ensemble cast of James Cameron’s all-time top-grossing blockbuster Titanic. Other film projects sshe participated in have included Earthbound, Valentine’s Day, and Wedlocked.
On the big screen, Bates has most recently been featured in Stephen Frears’ period drama Cheri, in which she starred with Michelle Pfeiffer; Sam Mendes’ acclaimed drama Revolutionary Road, which reunited her with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet; the independent drama Personal Effects, with Pfeiffer and Ashton Kutcher; and the sci-fi remake The Day the Earth Stood Still, which opened at the top of the box office.