Kathy Bates has been a television and film presence for decades. She is known for playing strong characters, and she is as scary in real life.
The actress was afflicted with a chronic illness, which required her to undergo some significant lifestyle modifications…
Kathy Bates moved to New York in 1970 to try her hand at acting. She recalls the period when she was not an ingenue but yet managed to make things work. She was never an inventor, she admits. She has always been a supporting actor. It was a major issue for her when she was younger since she was never considered attractive enough. It was difficult, not just because of the lack of job, but also because one had to confront how others perceived oneself, Bates explained.
Her Broadway career took off in 1980 when she played Stella May in Come Back To The Five And Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. The actress missed out on cinematic versions of roles she had previously performed. However, when she was 42 years old, she became a solid start virtually overnight due to her part as a crazy fan in Misery, which garnered her an Academy Award for best actress.
One is either young and glamorous and going to get the lead, or one is not pretty enough, she said of the kind of jobs she earned. So one is playing a buddy, a killer, a lesbian, a doctor, or whatever, she explained. However, the person who gets to play the young, lovely, gets-the-boy-at-the-end character has no authority. And vice versa: a character may have both power and femininity.
She began directing episodes for shows such as Homicide: Life on the Street, NYPD Blue, Oz, and the highly acclaimed television series Six Feet Under.
In her personal life, the actress has had several health challenges. Cancer struck her twice in her life, in 2003 and 2012. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2003 and breast cancer in 2012.
Kathy Bates began to discuss her lymphedema diagnosis after undergoing breast cancer surgery. She is the Lymphatic Education & Research Network’s spokeswoman.
She said that she had shed 80 pounds in the previous few years. To keep her arms from swelling, the actress must wear compression sleeves. She wears them when traveling or performing heavy tasks since her health worsens without them.
In order to handle the disease, the actress has to remind herself to calm down. If she can stop hurrying, relax her shoulders, straighten her spine, breathe deeply, and focus on each tiny moment of finishing a task, she will have greater confidence in her capacity to live with LE, she says. The epidemic pushed her to take it easy.
She tells everyone suffering from the ailment not to let it prevent them from living their lives. Going out in public wearing a compression garment, particularly when individuals are unaware about LE, may sometimes be more uncomfortable than the condition itself, the actress remarked. Hiding at home and leading a sedentary lifestyle, on the other hand, can only make matters worse for ones body and brain.
She emphasized the importance of not allowing your illness to define one, which she does herself.
She is making certain that she promotes further lymphedema research and that funding is directed to those trying to raise awareness about the issue.
Kathy Bates is not letting her illness slow her down; the actress is still pursuing jobs she likes and doing work she enjoys!
The actor has learnt not just how to survive with her illness, but also how to thrive in it.