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The Top 5 Reasons We Love Kathy Bates

This actress has been kicking butt since her breakthrough turn in Misery.

Netflix has announced a new original series, “Disjointed,” starring Emmy- and Oscar-winning actress Kathy Bates.  Set to premiere August 25, the half-hour sitcom portrays the owner of a Los Angeles cannabis dispensary (Bates) and also stars Dougie Baldwin, Elizabeth Ho, Elizabeth Alderfer, Aaron Moten and Tone Bell. Co-created by Bates and TV heavyweight Chuck Lorre, the series was aptly announced on 4/20 and is receiving a lot of buzz.

We’re so excited to see Bates in a brand-new show, because she’s kind of awesome! In addition to being a multi-talented actress and director, Bates is a cancer survivor and is the National Spokesperson for the Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN). Read on for five more reasons we just love Kathy Bates.

1. She Majorly Spooked Us In “Misery”

The only thing scarier than Stephen King’s novel “Misery“? The movie adaptation starring Bates. Who could forget her turn as the sadistic caregiver / number one fan who tortures a famous novelist? The role earned her an Oscar for Best Actress in 1991. We still have chills.

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2. She Inspired Us In “Fried Green Tomatoes”

On the heels of “Misery,” Bates proved her range in quite a different role as unhappy housewife Evelyn Couch, who befriends an old lady (Jessica Tandy) living in a nursing home in “Fried Green Tomatoes.”  You can’t help but cheer Bates on as she reclaims her identity and happiness while forging a new and special friendship.

3. She Proves You Don’t Have To Be In Your 20s To Be Relevant In Hollywood

Although she was a veteran of the stage, Bates didn’t “break through” in Hollywood with her starring role in “Misery” until she was 42 years old, an age when many actresses start to see their opportunities dry up. She went on to have a successful and prolific career and once again grabbed the spotlight as a regular on the hit anthology series “American Horror Story.” At 68, she’s still dominating Tinsel Town, a fete not many other actresses can claim.

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4. She’s Comfortable In Her Own Skin

In an era when many celebrities are often turning to plastic surgery and fad diets to conform to an unrealistic and narrow beauty standard, Bates is confident just the way she is. Although she was often criticized for her weight and passed over for more traditional leading lady roles, Bates said the following in a 1998 interview when asked to describe what she sees when she looks in the mirror: “I see my sisters, my mother, my grandmother. I like the way I look. I think I have a nice face. I like my eyes, my mouth. I have a good nose. I have good skin.” What’s more, Bates is not afraid to bare it all, appearing nude in 2002’s “About Schmidt.”

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5. She Works Behind The Camera Too

Women made up just 7 percent of all directors who worked on the 250 highest-grossing domestic releases in 2016. Bates is doing her part to break that particular glass ceiling. She has directed a number of television episodes, including a critically-acclaimed spate of episodes of the epic HBO series “Six Feet Under,” in which she also acted.

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