Kathy Bates
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"Kathleen Doyle" ""Kathy"" "Bates" 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 (film)/Misery (1990), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress; she also received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama/Golden Globe. She followed this with major roles in Fried Green Tomatoes (film)/Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) and Dolores Claiborne (film)/Dolores Claiborne (1995), before playing a featured role as Margaret Brown/Molly Brown in Titanic (1997 film)/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 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture/Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance in Primary Colors (film)/Primary Colors (1998), for which she also received an Academy Award nomination for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress/Best Supporting Actress. She was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for About Schmidt (2002).

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That really happened when Robin came on board, ... He wanted Michael [Stern] to be a real man, not just some accessory to Jane.

[The first few days on the set were] sort of my trial by fire, ... Once you've set the scene, and you know the way you want to shoot it, and how you want to play it, you've got to get into the scene and forget everything else.

I think it's the best thing for them, playing in honor of Brad, and I think they are focused completely on the game at this point that they do him proud. He would be upset if they didn't.

What informs her, both as an actress and as a director, is that she's a keen observer of the human condition.

For me as a director, it was important to create this couple as truthfully as I possibly could. Because as she's becoming more comfortable with her new life and her newfound freedom, their professional life is falling apart.

It makes you look at your priorities.

We need to let black America know, we do want you, but we want you on the terms of the United States of America, ... And we want you to be full and complete human beings.

They sent the material to me as an actress, ... I liked it so much, and I identified with the character and the script so much, I thought: I don't want anybody else telling me what to do, so can I please direct this?

It's the game Brad loved, and he would have wanted us to play.