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Net Worth:
$20 Million
$175 Thousand Per Episode
Jun 28, 1948 (75 years old)
5 ft 2 in (1.6 m)
Actor, Voice Actor, Television Director, Film director, Singer, Film Score Composer
United States of America
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What is Kathy Bates' Net Worth and Salary?

Kathy Bates is an American actress and director who has a net worth of $20 million dollars. Bates is known for her performances both onscreen and onstage, appearing in more than 120 film and television projects as well as Broadway productions of "Fifth of July" (1980), "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean" (1982), and "'night. Mother" (1983–1984), for which she received a Tony-nomination.

Kathy is probably best known for playing Annie Wilkes in Stephen King's "Misery" (1990), a role that earned her an Academy Award. Her other notable films include "Fried Green Tomatoes" (1991), "Dolores Claiborne" (1995), "Titanic" (1997), "The Waterboy" (1998), and "About Schmidt" (2002), and she has appeared on five seasons of the FX series "American Horror Story." Bates played Jo Bennett on NBC's "The Office" from 2010 to 2011, Harriet Korn on NBC's "Harry's Law" from 2011 to 2012, and Ruth Whitefeather Feldman on Netflix's "Disjointed" from 2017 to 2018. Kathy has also directed several projects, including the 2006 film "Have Mercy" and episodes of "Homicide: Life on the Street" (1996), "NYPD Blue" (1996), and "Six Feet Under" (2001–2003).

Early Life

Kathy Bates was born Kathleen Doyle Bates on June 28, 1948, in Memphis, Tennessee. Her mother, Bertye, was a homemaker, and her father, Langdon, was a mechanical engineer. Kathy grew up with two older sisters, Patricia and Mary, and she attended White Station High School. After graduating early, she enrolled at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. As a college student, Bates joined the Alpha Delta Pi sorority and studied theatre, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1969. In 1970, Kathy decided to pursue an acting career in New York City, and she began taking classes at the William Esper Studio.


Bates made her big screen debut in the 1971 film "Taking Off" and appeared on TV for the first time on a 1977 episode of the NBC soap opera "The Doctors." In 1978, she guest-starred on "The Love Boat" and appeared in the film "Straight Time" alongside Dustin Hoffman. Kathy began performing on Broadway in 1980 when she was cast in "Goodbye Fidel" at the New Ambassador Theatre, and she received a Tony nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Play for "'night, Mother" in 1983. In 1988, her performance in "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune" earned her an Obie Award for Distinguished Performance by an Actress as well as a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Play. Bates appeared in nine movies during the 1980s, including "Two of a Kind" (1983), "Signs of Life" (1989), and the 1982 film adaptation of "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean." She also guest-starred on "All My Children" (1984), "One Life to Live" (1984), "Cagney & Lacey" (1986), "St. Elsewhere" (1986–1987), "China Beach" (1989), and "L.A. Law" (1989).

In 1990, Kathy landed the role that would change her life: obsessed fan Annie Wilkes in "Misery." She earned critical acclaim and an Oscar and Golden Globe for her performance, and Wilkes was ranked #17 on the American Film Institute's "100 Heroes and Villains" list. Bates would star in another Stephen King film, "Dolores Claiborne," in 1995. In 1991, she played Evelyn Couch in "Fried Green Tomatoes" and earned a Golden Globe nomination, and she was nominated for her first Primetime Emmy in 1996, for her portrayal of Helen Kushnick (Jay Leno's manager) in the HBO film "The Late Shift." In 1997, Kathy played Molly Brown in "Titanic," one of the most commercially successful films of all time with a worldwide gross of $2.195 billion. She earned another Academy Award nomination for the 1998 political film "Primary Colors" and received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for "3rd Rock from the Sun" and Outstanding Directing in a Miniseries or Movie for "Dash & Lilly" in 1999. That year, Bates also played Miss Hannigan in an ABC remake of "Annie" and earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.

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Kathy gave an Oscar-nominated performance in 2002's "About Schmidt," and in 2003, she began a 10-episode stint on HBO's "Six Feet Under" (earning another Emmy nomination). She then appeared in the films "Around the World in 80 Days" (2004), "Failure to Launch" (2006), "Fred Claus" (2007), "Revolutionary Road" (2008), and "The Blind Side" (2009) and lent her voice to "Charlotte's Web" (2006), "Bee Movie" (2007), and "The Golden Compass" (2007). In 2013, she joined the cast of Ryan Murphy's anthology horror series "American Horror Story," and she played Delphine LaLaurie in "Coven" (2013–2014), Ethel Darling in "Freak Show" (2014–2015), Iris in "Hotel" (2015–2016), Thomasin "The Butcher" White and Agnes Mary Winstead in "Roanoke" (2016), and Miriam Mead and Delphine LaLaurie in "Apocalypse" (2018). In February 2020, Murphy announced that Bates would be returning for season 10. In recent years, Kathy has starred in the films "Tammy" (2014), "Bad Santa 2" (2016), "On the Basis of Sex" (2018), and "Richard Jewell" (2019) and appeared on the TV series "Feud: Bette and Joan" (2017), "Lip Sync Battle" (2018), and "The Big Bang Theory" (2018). She is set to appear in the film "The Miracle Club," which is scheduled to be released in 2022.

Personal Life

Kathy married Tony Campisi in April 1991, after 13 years together, and they divorced in 1997. In 2003, Bates was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, but it was not public knowledge until January 2009 when she stated that she had been "in total remission" for more than five years. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2012 and underwent a double mastectomy. Two years later at the New York Walk for Lymphedema & Lymphatic Diseases, Kathy revealed (in a pre-recorded message) that she has lymphedema in her arms as a result of the double mastectomy, and she began serving on the Lymphatic Education & Research Network's honorary board as a chairperson later that year. Bates also became a spokesperson for lymphedema, and in 2018, she took part in Capitol Hill Lobby Day in an attempt to get more research funding for the condition and spoke at the DC/VA Walk to Fight Lymphedema & Lymphatic Diseases. She was honored with a 2018 WebMD Health Heroes "Game Changer" Award for her dedication to raising awareness of lymphedema.

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Awards and Nominations

Bates won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for "Misery" in 1991, and she was also nominated for "Primary Colors," "About Schmidt," and "Richard Jewell." She has been nominated for eight Golden Globes, winning Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama for "Misery" in 1991 and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television for "The Late Shift" in 1997. Kathy has earned 14 Primetime Emmy nominations, winning Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for "Two and a Half Men" in 2012 and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for "American Horror Story: Coven" in 2014.

Kathy won American Comedy Awards for "The Late Shift," "Primary Colors," and "Annie" and Blockbuster Entertainment Awards for "Titanic," "Primary Colors," and "The Waterboy." She has also received awards from the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards, Gold Derby Awards, National Board of Review, Online Film & Television Association, Satellite Awards, and Screen Actors Guild Awards. She won a François Truffaut Award at the 2006 Giffoni Film Festival and a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2011 Women Film Critics Circle Awards, and she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2016.

Real Estate

In 2001, Kathy paid $2.9 million for an 8-bedroom home in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles. The home includes a library, theatre, swimming pool, spa, and 5-car garage. Bates previously lived in a Beachwood Canyon mansion that once belonged to "Dracula" star Bela Lugosi, and she sold it to actor Jon Cryer for $859,000 in 1999.

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