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Thursday, June 28, 2018

70 Groovy Things about Kathy Bates on her birthday

Today I'm celebrating Kathy Bates' 70th birthday by sharing a "few" groovy things about her life and career:

1) Kathleen Doyle Bates was born in Memphis, Tennessee, on June 28, 1948, and one of her great-great-grandfathers served as President Andrew Jackson's doctor.

2) She was credited as "Bobo Bates" in her first feature film, director Miloš Forman's 1971 comedy, Taking Off, in which she and Carly Simon played audition singers.

3) In 1976, she appeared in the Off-Broadway production of Jack Heifner's play, Vanities (actress Patricia Richardson, who would later star in TV's Home Improvement, was her understudy). In May 1977, she starred in an unsold ABC pilot of Vanities.

4) She auditioned for the role of Janet Wood in the 1977-84 ABC sitcom, Three's Company, which ultimately went to Joyce DeWitt (she discussed this on the syndicated talk show, Anderson, on March 22, 2012).

5) In 1977, she made her soap opera debut as Phyllis on NBC's The Doctors.

6) She and John Rubinstein played honeymooners on The Love Boat on January 7, 1978.

7) She played Gary Busey's wife in the 1978 film, Straight Time, starring Dustin Hoffman.

8) In February 1979, she played Lenny in the first production of Beth Henley's play, Crimes of the Heart, at the Actors Theatre of Louisville.

9) In December 1979, she and Dianne Wiest appeared in Tina Howe's play, The Art of Dining, at NYC's Public Theater.

10) In April 1980, she made her Broadway debut in the play, Goodbye Fidel, which starred Jane Alexander.

11) In February-April 1982, she appeared in director Robert Altman's Broadway production of Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, which starred Karen Black, Cher and Sandy Dennis. She reprised her role in Altman's 1982 film adaptation of Ed Graczyk's play.

12) She received a 1983 Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play for her performance in 'night, Mother.

13) She played "Furniture Man's Wife" in the 1983 film, Two of a Kind, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

14) In 1984, she played Erica Kane's prison roommate Belle Bodelle on All My Children (she discussed this on the syndicated talk show, Anderson, on March 22, 2012)

15) In 1985, she and Bradley Whitford appeared in the Off-Broadway production of Sam Shepard's play, Curse of the Starving Class (she later starred in the 1994 film version of the play).

16) She made a cameo appearance as a neighbor in the 1986 film, The Morning After, starring Jane Fonda and Jeff Bridges.

17) In 1986-87, she played Polly, a bag lady with Tourette's Syndrome, in two episodes of NBC's St. Elsewhere.

18) In April 1987, she starred opposite Elizabeth McGovern in Wallace Shawn's play, Aunt Dan and Lemon, at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

19) She played a teenage girl's mother in the 1987 comedy horror film, My Best Friend Is a Vampire.

20) In 1988, she won an Obie Award and received a Drama Desk Award nomination (for Outstanding Actress in a Play) for her performance in the Off-Broadway production of Terrence McNally's Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.

21) She played an adoption agency case worker in the 1988 comedy, Arthur 2: On the Rocks, starring Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli.

22) In July 1988, she succeeded Amy Irving in the Off-Broadway production of Athol Fugard's play, The Road to Mecca (she reprised her role in the 1991 film adaptation).

23) She played McMurphy's friend from Army nursing school in a 1989 episode of ABC's China Beach.

24) She played Beau Bridges' wife in the 1989 film, Signs of Life.

25) She played Jessica Lange's boss in the 1990 film, Men Don't Leave.

26) She played a stenographer in Warren Beatty's 1990 film, Dick Tracy.

27) She played James Spader's boss in the 1990 film, White Palace.

28) She won the Academy Award (and a Golden Globe) for Best Actress for her performance as obsessed fan Annie Wilkes in Rob Reiner's 1990 film, Misery.

29) She played a prostitute in Woody Allen's 1991 film, Shadows and Fog.

30) At age 43, she did her first nude scene in the 1991 film, At Play in the Fields of the Lord.

31) She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical) for 1991's Fried Green Tomatoes.

32) She appeared in the 1992 film, Prelude to a Kiss, starring Alec Baldwin and Meg Ryan.

33) She played Shirley MacLaine's daughter in the 1992 film, Used People.

34) She played the mother of six children in the 1993 drama, A Home of Our Own.

35) She played a homeless woman in the 1995 CBS movie, The West Side Waltz, starring Shirley MacLaine and Liza Minnelli.

36) She played Jennifer Jason Leigh's mother in the 1995 film, Dolores Claiborne.

37) She won her second Golden Globe Award (and received her first Emmy nomination) for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film for her performance as Jay Leno's manager Helen Kushnick in the 1996 HBO film, The Late Shift.

38) She played American socialite Molly Brown in the 1997 film, Titanic, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

39) She directed Edie Falco in Fargo, an unsold 1997 TV pilot based on the 1996 film.

40) She received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as political advisor Libby Holden in Mike Nichols' 1998 film, Primary Colors.

41) She played Adam Sandler's mother in the 1998 comedy, The Waterboy.

42) She spoofed her Misery role in a 1999 episode of NBC's 3rd Rock from the Sun and received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.

43) She received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her performance as Miss Hannigan in Annie, which aired on November 7, 1999.

44) She played Stuart's Grandma in a 2000 episode of the Fox sketch comedy series, MADtv.

45) She played an uncredited squirrel seller in the 2001 comedy, Rat Race.

46) She received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Dermot Mulroney's mother in the 2002 film, About Schmidt.

47) She and Rupert Everett starred in the 2003 comedy, Unconditional Love.

48) She played Ruth's friend Bettina in 10 episodes of HBO's Six Feet Under and received a 2003 Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

49) She received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her performance as Franklin D. Roosevelt's physical therapist in the 2005 HBO film, Warm Springs.

50) She made an uncredited cameo appearance as "Aunt Mitsy" in the 2005 comedy, Rumor Has It, starring Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner and Shirley MacLaine.

51) She played Matthew McConaughey's mother in the 2006 romantic comedy, Failure to Launch.

52) She played Danny DeVito's wife in the 2006 comedy, Relative Strangers.

53) She starred in the 2006 film, Bonneville, with Jessica Lange and Joan Allen.

54) She played Mother Claus in the 2007 film, Fred Claus, starring Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti.

55) She played Hilary Swank's mother in the 2007 drama, P.S. I Love You.

56) She and Alfre Woodard played best friends in the 2008 drama, Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys.

57) She played the United States Secretary of Defense in the 2008 film, The Day the Earth Stood Still, starring Keanu Reeves.

58) She appeared in the 2009 drama, The Blind Side, starring Sandra Bullock.

59) She played Jo Bennett in eight 2010-11 episodes of the NBC sitcom, The Office.

60) She played Gertrude Stein in Woody Allen's 2011 film, Midnight in Paris.

61) She starred in the 2011-12 NBC series, Harry's Law, for which she received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

62) She won her first Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance as the Ghost of Charlie Harper in a 2012 episode of CBS's Two and a Half Men.

63) In 2014, she won her second Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her performance as Delphine LaLaurie, a New Orleans socialite and murderer from the 1830s, in FX's American Horror Story: Coven. She received two more Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for American Horror Story: Freak Show (2015) and American Horror Story: Hotel (2016).

64) She played Peggy's childhood friend Kay McKinnon in two 2014-15 episodes of the CBS sitcom, Mike & Molly.

65) On September 20, 2016, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her work in the film industry.

66) She played Billy Bob Thornton's mother in the 2016 dark comedy, Bad Santa 2.

67) She played actress Joan Blondell in five episodes of the 2017 FX series, Feud: Bette and Joan.

68) She starred in the 2017-18 Netflix comedy series, Disjointed.

69) She competed against her Disjointed co-star Tone Bell on TV's Lip Sync Battle on February 22, 2018.

70) On May 10, 2018, she played Amy's mother in the Season 11 finale of CBS's The Big Bang Theory.

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