Kathy Bates is a talented actress, three-time Oscar nominee and one-time winner, but nevertheless she’s always been concerned about her body weight. When she experienced serious health problems, though, suddenly it became a very problematic issue. Now, she’s succeeded in dropping 60 pounds – which is definitely nothing to be sniffed at. And recently she spoke about how she managed to fight her way down to the size she wanted to achieve.
Before making it in Hollywood, Bates was a Broadway actress and Tony Award nominee. She won her nomination for the role of Jessie in ’night, Mother, a two-woman play by Marsha Norman. The part was difficult to perform, particularly in that the job required her to portray a person suffering with serious depression.
Bates had also played smaller roles in films such as Taking Off, Straight Time and The Morning After. But her big break came with the 1990 movie Misery, an adaption of a work by Stephen King. She played Annie Wilkes, a terrifyingly obsessive fan who holds an author hostage.