She was terrifying in Misery, ballsy in Titanic, delightfully off-putting in About Schmidt, and gorgeous as the inspiration behind June’s birthstone nail color: shimmering pearl. Happy birthday, Kathy Bates! You’re a queen of the silver (and small) screen and a worthy namesake.
Check out some of our favorite Kathy moments over her decades-long, awards-studded career.
Role: Annie Wilkes in Misery
Notable quote: “I’m your number one fan.”
Why we love her: Kathy scored a Best Actress Oscar as the so-scary psychopath and is still remembered as one of the most disturbing characters in pop culture history (move over Mr. Krueger).
Role: Molly Brown in Titanic
Notable quote: “You gonna cut her meat for her too there, Cal?”
Why we love her: She’s the kind of friend you want: independent, brassy, and tells it like it is. And those feathers!
Role: Roberta Hertzel in About Schmidt
Notable quote: “People used to think it was strange ’cause I breast-fed him ’til he was almost five, but I say just look at the results!”
Why we love her: She’s a chronic overshare-er with no qualms about hitting the hot tub nude on-screen. You go girl!
Role: Delphine LaLaurie in American Horror Story
Notable quote: “Bonsoir my pets. Did y’all miss me?”
Why we love her: She’s at her best when she’s playing evil. So, so evil.
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