Kathy Bates was born in Memphis, Tennessee and has a net worth of $32 million dollars. An award-winning actress and director, Kathy Bates graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in theater, and subsequently moved to New York. She began her professional career onstage, appearing in Broadway productions of "Fifth of July", "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean", and "'night. Mother", for which she received a Tony-nomination.
She made the transition to film and television in the early 70s, appearing in independent films and playing guest starring and recurring roles on such programs as "L.A. Law", "The Doctors", "All My Children", and "One Life to Live". In the early 90s she began to focus primarily on film work, and won an Oscar for her performance in "Misery". More film roles followed in such projects as, "Fried Green Tomatoes", "Dolores Claiborne", "Primary Colors", and "Revolutionary Road.
In 1970, Bates left her hometown in Memphis, Tennessee to pursue her career in New York. A year later, she was landed a role in Taking Off. In this feature film, Bates tests her vocals, by singing Even Horses Has Wings. Her second role was 1978's Straight Time, Starring Dustin Hoffman. Bates also appeared in a number of Broadway plays which include Fifth Of July (1978) and Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982). She was nominated by Tony Awards for her performance in Night, Mother in 1983.
The seasoned actress also appeared in several television roles. Bates made her soap opera debut in The Doctors in 1997. She also appeared in the popular All My Children (from 1984-1985), portraying a prison inmate Belle Bodelle. But it was her portrayal of Anne Wilkes, an obsessed fan who captivated her favourite novelist, in Stephen King's Misery, that proved Bates was a very worthy actress. It comes to no surprise that Bates received her first Academy Award for Best Actress for the role. It wasn't long that her portrayal of Anne Wilkes led to more high profile movies. A year later, Bates was starred in the acclaimed, Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), alongside the late Jessica Tandy.
Amongst the huge success in the early 1990's, Bates began to forge a career as a director. She has directed episodes of high profile drama series including NYPD Blue, Oz Six Feet Under and Everwood. She also directed and co-starred in 2006 film, Have Mercy, with Melanie Griffiths. It was reported that Bates was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2003 – but it was not public knowledge until 2009. She has been in total remission for over 5 years.