Kathleen Doyle "Kathy" Bates (born June 28, 1948) is an American actress.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, she has appeared on stage, television and film. She tends to play a broad spectrum of characters, but seems to tend toward ApronMatron characters as of late. Her [[StarMakingRole breakout role]] was Annie Wilkes in Creator/StephenKing's ''{{Film/Misery}}'', for which she won an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Actress.

!Appearances in ''Series/AmericanHorrorStory''
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven'' as Madame Delphine [=LaLaurie=]
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryFreakShow'' as Ethel Darling
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryHotel'' as Iris
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryRoanoke'' as Agnes Mary Winstead
!Notable Roles:
* Annie Wilkes in ''Literature/{{Misery}}''
* Evelyn Couch in ''Literature/{{Fried Green Tomatoes|At The Whistle Stop Cafe}}''
* Dolores Claiborne in ''Literature/DoloresClaiborne''
* Molly Brown in ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}''
* Libby Holden in ''Primary Colors''
* Mama Boucher in ''Film/TheWaterboy''
* Roberta Hertzel in ''Film/AboutSchmidt''
* Sue in ''Failure to Launch''
* MrsClaus in ''Film/FredClaus''
* Provided the voice of a cop in ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''
* Harriet Korn in the TV series ''Series/HarrysLaw''
* Jo Bennett in ''Series/TheOfficeUS''
* Belle Bodelle in ''Series/AllMyChildren''
* Regina Jackson in ''Film/TheDayTheEarthStoodStill2008''
* Miss Sue in ''Literature/TheBlindSide''
* The Queen of Hearts in ''Series/{{Alice 2009}}''