Kathy Bates (born Kathleen Doyle Bates, June 28, 1948) is an American actress and director. She was born in Memphis, Tennessee. She is a Democrat.
She has starred in many movies, most notably Misery, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café, and Titanic.
Bates had ovarian cancer in 2003 and breast cancer in 2012. Bates had been in a relationship with British actor Bernard Hill.[source?]