Oscar-winning actress Kathy Bates will be honored on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016, with the 2,589th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Bates joins a 2016 Walk of Fame induction class that includes Kurt Russell, Quentin Tarantino, Michael Keaton and Bradley Cooper.
“My mother used to tell this corny story about how the doctor smacked me on the behind when I was born and I thought it was applause, and I have been looking for it ever since.” ~Kathy Bates
Born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1948, Kathy Bates left the Bible Belt for the bright lights of New York City in 1970 after graduating from Southern Methodist University with a BFA in Theater. Early on in her acting career, Bates worked a variety of odd jobs to support herself while taking roles in a number of small theatrical productions.
Outside of the theater, Kathy Bates made a number of minor television cameos and appeared in the movie STRAIGHT TIME with Dustin Hoffman in 1978 before making her move to Broadway in 1980’s. Her Broadway roles earned her critical acclaim, including a Tony Nomination for ‘NIGHT MOTHER in 1983.
“I went from years of honing my craft to sudden recognition. It was quite a life changer.” ~Kathy Bates
Kathy’s big Hollywood break came in 1990 when she was cast as Annie Wilkes in Rob Reiner’s big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s novel MISERY. Her role as a sadistic nurse and obsessed literary fan turned kidnapper earned her both an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.
Kathy teamed up with Stephen King again in 1995 when she played the title character in the film adaptation of King’s best-selling novel DOLORES CLAIBORNE. The film, which also stars Christopher Plummer and Jennifer Jason-Leigh was nominated for three Saturn awards, including Best Actress.
“For a long time, I did not want to do television because I did not want to get stuck playing the same person. I wanted the ongoing challenge of a variety of roles.” ~Kathy Bates
Bates returned to her Horror roots two decades later when she joined the cast of FX’s American Horror Story for Season 3: Coven. Her role as Madame Delphine LaLaurie earned her a Primetime Emmy award in 2014.
Kathy returned to American Horror Story as Ethel Darling in Season 4: Freak Show and again as Iris in Season 5: Hotel. Both roles earned her Primetime Emmy Award Nominations. Bates is currently wrapping up work on American Horror Story Season 6.
“I’m very lucky to be able to do what I love to do, and I hope I can keep doing it for a while.” ~Kathy Bates
The Walk of Fame Star unveiling for Kathy Bates will take place on Hollywood Boulevard in front of the TCL Chinese Theater and will be live streamed Tuesday morning from 11:30am – 12:15pm Pacific time exclusively on the Walk of Fame’s website.
The ceremony will be emceed by Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Leron Gubler along with special guest speaker Shirley MacLaine.
For more information about the Hollywood Walk of Fame, you can visit their website at www.walkoffame.com.