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Biography


KATHY BATES has been honored numerous times for her work on stage, screen and television. She won 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 more recently 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 film 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” as well as a nomination for the ensemble of Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”.

Bates currently stars as Harriet “Harry” Korn, a curmudgeonly ex-patent lawyer in the hit NBC television show “Harry’s Law” garnering her an Emmy® nomination for lead actress in a drama series. While the role was originally written for a man, it is a role Kathy now owns. She has been quoted as saying, “In my private life, I am just as curmudgeonly as Harriet and I share some of her disillusion. She doesn’t suffer fools gladly. She has a very irreverent sense of humor, which I do also. She tells it like it is. Sometimes I think David has been doing some kind of background research on me, the lines are so close.” “Harry’s Law” is written and executive produced by David E. Kelley.

Recently, Bates was seen in “Midnight in Paris”; “Valentine’s Day”; “The Blind Side”; 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 sci-fi remake “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” which opened at the top of the box office; and the independent drama “Personal Effects,” with Pfeiffer and Ashton Kutcher. Upcoming projects include the films “A Little Bit of Heaven”, the animated short “Cadaver” and the highly anticipated 3D release of James Cameron’s “Titanic”.

Among Bates’ long list of film credits are “P.S. I Love You,” “Fred Claus,” “Failure to Launch,” “Little Black Book,” “Dragonfly,” “American Outlaws,” “The Waterboy,” “The War at Home,” “Dolores Claiborne,” “A Home of Our Own,” “Prelude to a Kiss,” “Shadows and Fog,” “At Play in the Fields of the Lord,” “Dick Tracy,” “Men Don’t Leave,” “Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean,” “Straight Time” and “Taking Off.” Bates lent her voice to Jerry Seinfeld’s animated comedy “Bee Movie,” as well as “Charlotte’s Web” and “The Golden Compass.”

On television, in addition to her current projects, Bates appeared in the FX miniseries “Alice,” playing the Queen of Hearts, for which she earned an Emmy® Award nomination for her performance. She won a Golden Globe and a SAG Award® and earned an Emmy® Award nomination for the 1996 HBO film “The Late Shift.” Her television honors also include Emmy®, Golden Globe and SAG Award® nominations for her performance in the musical “Annie”; another SAG Award® nomination for her role in the telefilm “My Sister’s Keeper”; and four additional Emmy® Award nominations for her work on the projects “3rd Rock from the Sun,” “Six Feet Under,” “Warm Springs,” and “Ambulance Girl,” which she also directed. Most recently, she guest starred on both “The Office” and “Two and a Half Men”.

Bates has also been honored for her work behind the camera as a director. She helmed the A&E telefilm “Dash and Lilly,” starring Sam Shepard and Judy Davis, which earned nine Emmy® nominations, including one for Bates as Best Director. She also directed five episodes of the acclaimed HBO series “Six Feet Under,” earning a Directors Guild of America Award for the episode entitled “Twilight.” Her directing credits also include episodes of such series as “Oz,” “NYPD Blue” and “Homicide: Life on the Street.”

Bates first gained the attention of critics and audiences on the New York stage. She was nominated for a Tony Award for her portrayal of the suicidal daughter in the original Broadway production of Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “`night, Mother.” She has been honored with Obie Awards for her performance as Frankie in the original off-Broadway production of “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune” as well as for her portrayal of Elsa Barlow in Athol Fugard’s “The Road to Mecca,” which Kathy also starred in when filmed.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Bates received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1970 from Southern Methodist University, which awarded her an honorary doctorate in 2002.

THESE STEVEN KING CONNECTIONS WILL BLOW YOUR MIND

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Let's start with locations. One of Stephen King's most frequent settings is Castle Rock, Maine. It's where The Dead Zone takes place.
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And Cujo.

 

And Cujo .

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And The Dark Half.

 

And The Dark Half .

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And Needful Things.

 

And Needful Things .

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And the novella “The Body,” which became the filmStand By Me.

 

And the novella "The Body," which became the film Stand By Me .

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Then there’s Derry, Maine. You might remember Derry as the town from It.

 

Then there's Derry, Maine. You might remember Derry as the town from It .

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And Dreamcatcher.

 

And Dreamcatcher .

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Near Derry, you’ll find Haven. Of course, that’s where the TV series Haven takes place. Haven is based on Stephen King’s novel The Colorado Kid.

 

Near Derry, you'll find Haven. Of course, that's where the TV series Haven takes place. Haven is based on Stephen King's novel The Colorado Kid .

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But Haven is also home to The Tommyknockers.

 

But Haven is also home to The Tommyknockers .

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Let’s move on to plot. Here’s where things get complicated. In The Tommyknockers, mysterious organization The Shop invades Haven to control the alien presence.

 

Let's move on to plot. Here's where things get complicated. In The Tommyknockers , mysterious organization The Shop invades Haven to control the alien presence.

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The Shop is responsible for the Lot Six experiments, which gave Charlie McGee her powers in Firestarter.

 

The Shop is responsible for the Lot Six experiments, which gave Charlie McGee her powers in Firestarter .

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And The Shop was involved in the Arrowhead Project, which resulted in the titular supernatural disaster ofThe Mist.

 

And The Shop was involved in the Arrowhead Project, which resulted in the titular supernatural disaster of The Mist .

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The organization is also mentioned in “The Langoliers.”

 

The organization is also mentioned in "The Langoliers."

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The same evil forces run throughout many Stephen King works. Take Randall Flagg, for example. He’s the major antagonist in The Stand.

 

The same evil forces run throughout many Stephen King works. Take Randall Flagg, for example. He's the major antagonist in The Stand .

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But he also pursues Roland Deschain in The Dark Tower series. More on that in a bit.

 
 

Randall Flagg gets namechecked in ‘Salem’s Lot.

 

Randall Flagg gets namechecked in 'Salem's Lot .

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And he may be the demonic entity in the Stephen King short story “Children of the Corn.”

 

And he may be the demonic entity in the Stephen King short story "Children of the Corn."

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But Randall Flagg actually serves The Crimson King, who is another major adversary in The Dark Tower.

 

But Randall Flagg actually serves The Crimson King, who is another major adversary in The Dark Tower .

And in the novels Insomnia and Black House.

 
 

Let’s go back to The Dark Tower, because Stephen King’s epic fantasy series has more connections than anything else he’s written.

 

Let's go back to The Dark Tower , because Stephen King's epic fantasy series has more connections than anything else he's written.

Father Callahan from ‘Salem’s Lot plays a major role in The Dark Tower.

 

Father Callahan from 'Salem's Lot plays a major role in The Dark Tower .

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So does Ted Brautigan from Hearts in Atlantis.

 

So does Ted Brautigan from Hearts in Atlantis .

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Also Patrick Danville from Insomnia and Dinky Earnshaw from the title story in Everything’s Eventual.

 
 

The can-toi from Desperation pop up again in The Dark Tower. They are low men who serve — you guessed it — the Crimson King.

 

The can-toi from Desperation pop up again in The Dark Tower . They are low men who serve — you guessed it — the Crimson King.

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The titular car in From a Buick 8 was likely owned by a low man.

 

The titular car in From a Buick 8 was likely owned by a low man.

And the low men are the ones pursuing Ted Brautigan in the short story “Low Men in Yellow Coats” fromHearts in Atlantis.

 

And the low men are the ones pursuing Ted Brautigan in the short story "Low Men in Yellow Coats" from Hearts in Atlantis .

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You ready for more? In Stephen King books, twinners are doppelgangers in other universes. Jake Chambers from The Dark Tower is a twinner of Bobby Garfield from Hearts in Atlantis.

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It’s not limited to The Dark Tower either. The Trashcan Man from The Stand may be a twinner of Phil Bushey from Under the Dome.

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And sometimes characters crossover in unexpected ways. Dick Hallorann from The Shining appears in a flashback in It. He served with Mike Hanlon’s father.

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Speaking of It, Eddie Kaspbrak’s family used to live next door to Paul Sheldon’s family. Paul is the protagonist of Misery.

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OK, one more. Before ending up in Shawshank Prison, Andy Dufresne did accounting work for Nazi war criminal Kurt Dussander in “Apt Pupil.”

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And the list goes on: We’re really just scratching the surface here. So, what’s your favorite mindblowing Stephen King connection?