When looking at the career of Kathy Bates, it’s so amazing how much work she’s packed into her life and her net worth. Bates is best known for her role as Annie Wilkes in Stephen King’s Misery, which came out in 1990. Yet there’s a lot more to her career.
A native of Memphis, Tenn., Bates attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She studied theater while in college. After graduating in 1969, Bates headed to New York City in 1970 to start seriously getting her acting chops underneath her. All of her future work would lead her to a net worth of $20 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. In addition, it’s reported that Bates demands $175,000 per TV episode she works on these days.
Bates’ first noticeable acting role was in a 1971 film titled Taking Off. TV soon called and she answered by appearing on the NBC soap opera The Doctors in 1977. A guest turn in 1978 on The Love Boat and getting a role alongside Dustin Hoffman in the movie Straight Time carried Bates further along.
Kathy Bates Gets TV, Stage Work In the 1980s
She then went on Broadway in 1980 to appear in Goodbye Fidel. Her work in ‘Night, Mother in 1983 brought her a Tony nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Play. Bates picked up an Obie Award and a Drama Desk Award nomination for her work in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.
Movies and TV work dominated Bates’ schedule in the 1980s. Projects included Signs of Life, All My Children, China Beach, L.A. Law, Cagney & Lacey, and St. Elsewhere.
Then Bates’ career gets supercharged thanks to Misery in 1990. In the Rob Reiner-directed film, Bates’ portrayal of Wilkes opposite James Caan brings her an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award. Wilkes lands on the American Film Institute’s “100 Heroes and Villains” list.
She popped up in Fried Green Tomatoes as Evelyn Couch, yet it was TV that opened its doors for Bates. In The Late Shift, a movie version of the book written about the late-night TV wars between David Letterman and Jay Leno, Bates played Leno’s manager Helen Kuschnick in there. Bates received a Primetime Emmy nomination for her role in 1996.
Actress Works Despite Health Challenges
Bates also appeared in 1997’s blockbuster Titanic, where she played Molly Brown. Toss in another TV turn in 1998 where she received an Emmy nomination for her work in 3rd Rock from the Sun.
More film and TV work dominated Bates’ schedule into the 2000s, which also brought her additional Emmy nominations. She appeared in a 10-episode arc for the HBO series Six Feet Under. Bates also did a tour of episodes for American Horror Story. She’ll be back on TV next season when Kathy Bates stars in an updated version of Matlock.
In life away from the stage and screen, Bates got married to Tony Campisi in 1991. They had spent 13 years together before their marriage. The couple divorced in 1997. Bates has battled both ovarian cancer and breast cancer in her life. She’s also undergone a double mastectomy, too.
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