Kathleen Doyle “Kathy” Bates (born June 28, 1948) is an American actress and film director.
After appearing in several minor roles in film and television during the 1970s and the 1980s, Bates rose to prominence with her performance in Misery (1990), for which she won both the Academy Award for Best Actress and a Golden Globe. She followed this with major roles in Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) and Dolores Claiborne (1995), before playing a featured role as Molly Brown in Titanic (1997).
She received a Tony Award nomination for her 1983 performance in the Broadway play ‘night, Mother. She won a Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance in Primary Colors (1998), for which she also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for About Schmidt (2002). Her television work has resulted in eleven Emmy Award nominations, two of which were for her starring role on the television series Harry’s Law and most recently, a win for her acclaimed guest appearance on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men as the ghost of Charlie Harper, a role formerly portrayed by Charlie Sheen. She most recently co-starred in the third season of the FX television series American Horror Story, portraying Delphine LaLaurie.