Kathleen Doyle Bates (born June 28, 1948) is an Academy Award-winning American theatrical, film, and television actress, and a stage and television director.
Bates was born in Memphis, Tennessee to Bertye Kathleen (née Talbot), a homemaker, and Langdon Doyle Bates, a mechanical engineer. Her great-great-grandfather was an immigrant from Ireland to New Orleans and served as President Andrew Jackson's doctor. She has two older sisters, Mary and Patricia. Bates graduated from White Station High School in Memphis. She attended Southern Methodist University, majoring in theatre and was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, and graduated in 1969. She moved to New York City in 1970 in order to pursue an acting career.
One of her first films was the Dustin Hoffman film Straight Time. In 1990, she would appear again with Hoffman in Warren Beatty's Dick Tracy as a stenographer who couldn't understand the mumbling of Hoffman's character, Mumbles. Bates appeared off-Broadway in Terrence McNally's...
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Bee Movie is a computer-animated film starring Jerry Seinfeld, Renée Zellweger, Matthew Broderick, Megan Mullally, John Goodman, Chris Rock, Kathy Bates, and Patrick Warburton. Produced by Dreamworks Animation, it is directed by Simon J. Smith and Steve Hickner, and slated for release November 2, 2007 by Paramount Pictures. Its title is a play on the term "B movie".Bee Movie is the first motion-picture script to be written by Seinfeld, who co-wrote it with Spike Feresten, Barry Marder, and Andy Robin. The cast and crew include some veterans of Seinfeld's long-running NBC sitcom Seinfeld, including writer/producers Feresten and Robin, and actors Patrick Warburton (Seinfeld character David Puddy), and Larry Miller (the namesake character on the Seinfeld episode "The Doorman".)Having just graduated from college, a bee by the name of Barry Bee Benson (Jerry Seinfeld) finds himself disillusioned with the prospect of having only one career choice – honey. As he ventures outside of the hive...
Charlotte's Web is a live-action/computer-animated feature film, based on the popular book of the same name by E.B. White. It is directed by Gary Winick and produced by Paramount Pictures, Walden Media, The Kerner Entertainment Company, and Nickelodeon Movies. The screenplay is by Susannah Grant and Karey Kirkpatrick, based on White's book. It is the second film adaptation of White's book, preceded by a 1973 cel-animated version produced by Hanna-Barbera for Paramount Pictures. It was distributed in Switzerland, Spain, and Netherlands by Universal Pictures.
The film was at one time intended for a June 2006 release, but was pushed back to December 2006 to avoid competition with two other films from Nickelodeon Movies - Nacho Libre and Barnyard - as well as Over the Hedge and Cars among other films. It was released in Australia on December 7, 2006 and in the United States and Canada on December 15, 2006. The U.S. and Canadian release date matches that of 20th Century Fox's Eragon,...,
Failure to Launch (2006) is an American romantic comedy film. It is a loose remake of the French film Tanguy, being solely based on its premise, the overgrown thirty-something child who does not want to leave home.The movie opens with Trip (Matthew McConaughey) and Melissa on a dinner date. Things seem to be going well, until Melissa sees an elderly couple sharing dinner and it prompts her to ask Trip, “Where is our relationship going?” Trip says that he sees it going back to his place that night. His place is a lovely two-story home. While they're in the heat of passion in Trip's bedroom, Trip's dad Al (Terry Bradshaw) walks in without knocking. Melissa flips out that Trip still lives with his parents and storms out. Trip doesn't seem too upset about it and they also show Al and Trip's mom, Sue (Kathy Bates) listening to her leave as if it's a common occurrence.The next morning, while Trip is in the bathroom, Sue makes his bed, vacuums his room, picks up his dirty clothes and leaves...,
Little Black Book is a 2004 drama / romantic comedy film, directed by Nick Hurran.Stacy (played by Brittany Murphy), an associate producer on a daytime talk show, is convinced that her boyfriend Derek (Ron Livingston) is the right man for her, though he has an apparent phobia of commitment, and he refuses to talk about his past relationships. Taking the advice of colleague Barb (Holly Hunter), she looks at his Palm Pilot and its record of the names and numbers of three ex-girlfriends.She sets up an interview with each woman, in an attempt to learn more about and get closer to Derek. However, Stacy's plan suffers a setback when she develops a friendship with one of the women.Stacy eventually learns that Barb has orchestrated her meetings with the ex-girlfriends in order to bring them together on stage for a live broadcast during sweeps season. Unlike most romantic comedies, the film ends without the heroine succeeding in her love life....,
About Schmidt is a 2002 American film directed by Alexander Payne and starring Jack Nicholson as Warren Schmidt and Hope Davis as his daughter Jeannie. It is based on the 1996 novel of the same title by Louis Begley but all it shares with the book is the title and the hero's name. Everything else - Schmidt's profession, his location, the way his wife died, personality, etc. is changed. Important plot details in the book like his relationship with Carrie and his feelings about Jews and about selling his house do not appear in the movie.The film begins with the retirement of Schmidt from his position as an actuary in an insurance company in Omaha, Nebraska. Schmidt finds it hard to adjust to his new life and feels useless. One evening, he is watching a television advertisement about a foster program for African children. He enters the sponsorship program and soon receives an information package with a photo of his foster child, a small Tanzanian boy named Ndugu, to whom he relates his...
Unconditional Love is the title of a sleeper comedic film released in 2002. The film follows Grace Beasley who in the face of her failing marriage, and the death of her favorite pop star, learns the value and limitations of unconditional love, and the evils of sexism and homophobia. The film was directed by P.J. Hogan who also contributed to the final script.
Grace Beasley has been content to live an unseen life as an upper-middle class housewife living in an apartment high above the city of Chicago with her husband, a successful lawyer named Max. As the film begins, Grace awakens to cook her husband breakfast and watch a television morning show on which her favorite singer, Victor Fox, is being interviewed. Fox's easy listening music about old-fashioned romantic love has made him the idol of millions of middle-aged women across the globe, and when he announces a special Christmas Chicago concert, Grace quickly dials the television station and becomes one of the first five callers...
Dragonfly is a 2002 film directed by Tom Shadyac. The story is about a grieving doctor being contacted by his late wife through his patients' near-death experience.
Dr. Joe Darrow and wife Dr. Emily Darrow work at a well-known hospital in Chicago. While she specialises in pediatric oncology, he is the head chief medical doctor in the emergency room. Occasionally, Emily takes trips to South America to help the native people who are unable to afford healthcare. At nearly nine months' pregnant, she was needed by the people in South America. Joe disapproves of her going and insists she stay home in case she delivers the baby.
In spite of how her husband feels, she heads to the Amazon area without him. The weather takes a turn for the worst where she is located and the entire village is evacuated. In the midst of evacuation, the bus in which Dr. Emily and the people were on is hit by a landslide, rolls off the road, and plunges into the river below.
Joe tries his best to function as...,
Love Liza is a 2002 comedy drama film directed by Todd Louiso and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Jack Kehler, Sarah Koskoff and Stephen Tobolowsky.Wilson Joel's (Philip Seymour Hoffman) wife Liza (Annie Morgan) has, for an unexplained reason, committed suicide. Wilson one night discovers a sealed letter from his wife, which he believes to be her suicide note. In his grief stricken state and with the added stress of finding the letter, which he can not bring himself to open and read, he forms an addiction with inhaling gasoline fumes (“huffing”).In order to hide his addiction from a work colleague he informs her that the petrol smell in his house is from his hobby of flying remote controlled planes. To try and engage an ever distant Wilson, she asks her brother-in-law Denny (Jack Kehler), a radio control (RC) hobbyist, to visit Wilson. With the knowledge of an impending visit by Denny, Wilson heads down to the local RC hobbyist shop to buy himself a plane. He also stocks...,
American Outlaws is a 2001 Western film directed by Les Mayfield. It starred Colin Farrell, Scott Caan, and Ali Larter.
Very losely based on real facts.
The southern army trying to track down the Yankee army during the civil war. The south is ambushed, but thanks to the sharp-shooting of Frank James (Gabriel Macht) and the distracting and at the same time clever antics of Jesse James (Colin Farrell), the south manages to pull through. The James brothers, along with their war buddies, the Younger brothers, congratulate themselves and then head on to kill off more Yanks.
They are surprised to find their army has pulled out when there are still "a lot of Yankees to kill". That's when they are told that General Lee surrendered yesterday, their side has lost and the war is over. They all quickly decide that the only thing to do then, is to head back home to their friends, families, and farms.
Things have changed when they get back to Missouri. First, the old childhood friend of Jesse James...,
Rat Race is a 2001 comedy film directed by Jerry Zucker. The story is about six teams of people given a task of racing from a Las Vegas casino to a train station in New Mexico, where a storage locker contains a large amount of money; the first team to reach the locker wins and gets to keep the money. Unbeknownst to them, however, they are actually just part of a betting game. It is a loose remake of the earlier film It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.
Donald Sinclair (John Cleese), the eccentric billionaire owner of The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas devises a new game to entertain the wealthy patrons that visit his hotel. Six special tokens are placed in the casino's slot machines, and the winners of the tokens are gathered together and told that $2,000,000 in U.S. cash are hidden in a locker in a train station in Silver City, New Mexico. (As a joker he first tells them that a meteor was going to collide with the earth and that the six token winners were going to share his...,
The Waterboy is a movie starring Adam Sandler, released in 1998. It co-stars Henry Winkler, Kathy Bates, Jerry Reed, and Fairuza Balk. Lynn Swann, Lawrence Taylor, Jimmy Johnson, and Bill Cowher have cameos, as well as Rob Schneider, who in this movie originated the "You can do it!" guy seen in other Sandler movies. Sandler produced the movie and co-wrote the script with Tim Herlihy. It was directed by Frank Coraci.
The movie was extremely profitable, earning over $160 million in the United States alone and made Sandler a successful actor with
Waterboy becoming his second $100 million film in a year, along with The Wedding Singer.
Sandler's character, Bobby Boucher, bears a strong resemblance to his "The Excited Southerner" comedic skits from his album "What The Hell Happened To Me?" [original research?] He also shares similarities in speech and mannerism to Canteen Boy, a recurring character, also portrayed by Adam Sandler, on Saturday Night Live. Like Bobby, Canteen...,
Primary Colors: A Novel of Politics, a 1996 novel by "Anonymous" (later revealed to be journalist Joe Klein), is a roman à clef inspired by U.S. President Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign in 1992. While many characters and events in the novel are based on reality, much of the book is fictional. The book centers on Henry Burton, a campaign aide for southern governor Jack Stanton (thought to represent Bill Clinton). It is thought to be influenced by an earlier roman à clef of American politics, Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men.There is a sequel of sorts to the novel (also by Joe Klein but not anonymously), The Running Mate, published in 2000.Mixed race campaigner and former Congressional worker Henry Burton is asked to join the campaign of Southern governor Jack Stanton for the Presidency. At the start of the campaign things appear to be going well; while there are some quirky individuals on board and agreement on issues is few and far between, the candidate really...
Titanic is a 1997 romantic drama film directed, written, and co-produced by James Cameron about the sinking of the RMS Titanic. It stars Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio as Rose DeWitt Bukater and Jack Dawson respectively, members of different social classes who fall in love aboard the ill-fated 1912 maiden voyage of the ship. Bill Paxton plays Brock Lovett, the leader of a treasure hunting expedition, while Gloria Stuart has the role of the elderly Rose, who narrates the story in 1996. The film was both a critical and commercial success, winning eleven Academy Awards including Best Film, and became the highest grossing film of all time, with a total worldwide gross of US$1.8 billion. In 1996, treasure hunter Brock Lovett and his team explore the wreck of the RMS Titanic searching for a necklace called “Heart of the Ocean”. They discover a drawing of a young woman reclining nude, wearing the Heart of the Ocean, dated the day the Titanic sank. News of this drawing on television...,
The War at Home is a 1996 motion picture starring Emilio Estevez, Kathy Bates, and Martin Sheen. Estevez also directed the film and also served as co-producer.Estevez plays Jeremy Collier, a returning Vietnam War hero whose haunting experiences leave him unable to adjust to the quiet realities of small town life. The film lays bare the hidden costs of war on the soldiers who fight, and kill, not for rightness, but simply to survive.Sheen plays Bob Collier, Jeremy's father. He expects his son to go back to the way his life was, despite the possibility of post-traumatic stress disorder.Kathy Bates plays Estevez's mother, Maurine, who treats Jeremy 'like he's a 10-year-old', and also seems to think he should forget about his war experiences.His sister Karen, played by actress Kimberly Williams, is a little more understanding of his "adjustment problems", but her father doesn't want her to try helping her brother.The film was made for $3 million, and was distributed by Touchstone Pictures...
Angus is a 1995 film directed by Patrick Read Johnson and written by Jill Gordon. The majority of Angus was taped in Owatonna, Minnesota at the Owatonna High School. The film stars Charlie Talbert and James Van Der Beek in their first film roles, as well as Chris Owen, Ariana Richards, and Academy Award winners George C. Scott, Kathy Bates and Rita Moreno.The film is based on the short story A Brief Moment In The Life of Angus Bethune by Chris Crutcher, which is collected in his book Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories.Noteworthy is the performance of newcomer Charlie Talbert, who was scouted in a Illinois Wendy's, as the title character and the interaction between Angus and his grandfather (Scott), whose philosophy can be summed up in his recurring line: "Screw 'em!"Tagline: For everyone on the outside looking in... your moment has arrived!Angus Bethune (Talbert) is a 14-year-old boy who, despite his talents as a football player and in science class, holds deep insecurities about...,
Prelude to a Kiss is the title of a play by Craig Lucas, and also of the 1992 film based on the play. It tells the story of a couple that falls in love despite the girl's pessimistic outlook on life. Shortly after their wedding, a supernatural event tests the strength of their love and commitment to each other.
Immediately after a young couple named Peter and Rita have exchanged wedding vows, an unknown elderly man asks to kiss the bride. As he does, Rita's soul and the old man's magically exchange bodies.
Neither Peter nor the wedding guests grasp what has happened. Peter leaves the wedding with a woman he belives is Rita. During their honeymoon, he comes to realize that Rita's body is no longer inhabited by Rita's true personality. He must find the old man, and try to make himself love the spirit of Rita that is now inside that old man's body.
Craig Lucas is openly gay, and critics widely interpreted the story as a metaphor for AIDS, which had ravaged the gay community. Because of...
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is a 1987 bestselling novel by Fannie Flagg. In 1991 the novel was adapted into the film Fried Green Tomatoes.The story jumps narration and sequence and is distinctive in chapter opening visuals to establish the date and the source of the chapter. Some come from the fictional newspaper in Whistle Stop, Alabama called The Weems Weekly. Some come from the Couch's house in Birmingham, and others fill in some of the more intimate details of the stories told about the characters.
The story is told through many generations and begins in 1985 with an unfulfilled housewife named Evelyn Couch, who visits her mother-in-law at an Alabama nursing home. While avoiding her mother-in-law, Evelyn meets nursing home resident Ninny Threadgoode, who begins to tell her random stories of her home in Whistle Stop, beginning in the 1920s. Evelyn becomes so interested in the stories of Whistle Stop that her life begins to take new meaning in the characters in...
At Play in the Fields of the Lord is a 1991 drama film directed by Hector Babenco.The screenplay was written by Babenco and Jean-Claude Carrière, and based on the novel by Peter Matthiessen.It stars Tom Berenger, Aidan Quinn, Kathy Bates, Daryl Hannah, John Lithgow and Tom Waits.The films tells of Americans Lewis Moon (Tom Berenger) and Wolf (Tom Waits) who, when their plane runs out of gas, are stranded in Mae de Deus an outpost in the deep Brazilian Amazon River basin.Living in the village are evangelist missionary Leslie Huben (John Lithgow) and his wife Andy Huben (Darryl Hannah); and Martin Quarier(Aidan Quinn), his wife Hazel (Kathy Bates) and their small son, who have just arrived from the United States.The minister and the Quarriers want to spread the Christian gospel to the primitive Niaruna indigenous natives, the others have more nefarious interests, to wit: business concerns that would lay claim to the Niaruna's land for business development.The local police chief cuts...,
Misery is a 1990 American horror/thriller film, based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. Directed by Rob Reiner, the film received critical acclaim for Kathy Bates' Academy Award-winning portrayal of psychotic, ex-nurse Annie Wilkes. It was ranked #12 on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments.Paul Sheldon is the writer of the very successful Misery series of romance novels. When he is injured in a car accident, his legs are broken and he cannot walk. He is taken in by Annie Wilkes, who says she is a nurse. She brings him painkillers, feeds and clothes him and rants on about how she is "his number one fan", even introducing Paul to her pet pig named Misery. Annie reveals to Paul that she was following him the day he got in his car accident, which is how she came to be his caretaker.
However he soon becomes very uncomfortable as the line between caretaker and captor becomes blurred. Then, Annie reads Paul's latest novel - in which he kills off the character Misery, whom...,
White Palace is a 1990 film about an unlikely romance, set in St. Louis, Missouri, based on a novel of the same title by the late Glenn Savan (who also appeared in the film as an extra), directed by Luis Mandoki from a screenplay by Ted Tally and Alvin Sargent. It stars James Spader as Max Baron, a 27-year-old widower who falls in love with Nora Baker, a 43-year-old waitress played by Susan Sarandon. The romance also crosses class lines, as Max is a well-to-do businessman whereas Nora works at a restaurant called "White Palace". The original music score is composed by George Fenton. The film is marketed with the tagline "The story of a younger man, and a bolder woman."The name was originally to have been The White Castle, and the novel even makes reference to a specific real White Castle location at the intersection of S. Grand Blvd. and Gravois Ave. in south St. Louis, but the chain refused permission to use its trademarked name in either the novel or the film, and also refused...,
Arthur 2: On the Rocks is the much-derided 1988 sequel to the 1981 hit Arthur. Lead actors Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli reprised their roles.Billionaire Bert Johnson (Stephen Elliott), the father of Susan Johnson (Cynthia Sikes replacing Jill Eikenberry), the wealthy woman whom Arthur (Dudley Moore) jilted in the first film, takes control of Arthur's inheritance and Arthur is soon broke and homeless. Arthur the drunk tries to sober up to rise up to the occasion and tries to get a job in the process. Meanwhile, Arthur and his wife, Linda Marolla, (Liza Minnelli) are trying to adopt a baby. John Gielgud makes a cameo appearance as the ghost of the valet character he played in the first movie.The film earned $14.7 million in American ticket sales, compared to the original film's $82 million. The Washington Post opined that "the result is about as funny as the plight of an alcoholic." Liza Minnelli earned the 1988 Golden Raspberry Award for "Worst Actress" of the year, by performing in
Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean is a 1981 play and, later, film written by Ed Graczyk; the stage and screen versions were both directed by Robert Altman, and starred Sandy Dennis, Cher, Mark Patton (his first film role), Karen Black, Sudie Bond and Kathy Bates.It tells the story of a group of women, all members of a James Dean fan club, who meet on the anniversary of his death in the small Texas town in which Giant was filmed. They experience a day full of revealed secrets and revelatory experiences. The play was a financial failure and was panned by critics, notably Frank Rich in the New York Times, who mercilessly derided the text, direction, acting, and even the set.Despite the play's failure, the star power of the cast ensured a movie sale, and the 1982 film was an important turning point in the movie career aspirations of Cher. After trying for several years to be taken seriously, Cher was regarded as something of a Hollywood joke, until she performed in...,
Kathy Bates was born in Memphis, Tennessee, Shelby County