SMU alum Kathy Bates fights breast cancer, wins first Emmy with guest-starring role
Published: Sunday, September 16, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 17:11
Actress Kathy Bates revealed early last week that she is recovering from a double mastectomy after battling breast cancer over the summer months.
Bates tweeted, “Hey all, sorry for the long silence. I was diagnosed with breast cancer 2 months ago & am recovering from a double mastectomy.”
Her publicist reported that Bates did not undergo chemotherapy.
Bates graduated from SMU in 1969 and developed her talent as an actress through her performances in theater productions.
Bates recently appeared on Anderson Cooper’s daytime talk show Anderson and spoke about SMU’s art program and its place in her acting career.
The actress attributed the transition to a more conservatory style way of teaching during her time at SMU as a great help in becoming the actress she is today.
She has played a diversity of characters in plays, films and television.
Some of her accomplishments include an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her role in Misery and a British Academy Award for her performance in Fried Green Tomatoes.
The Oscar-winning actress faced another hurdle with the cancellation of her show titled Harry’s Law.
Premiering in Jan. 2011, the American legal comedy drama was not picked up in May 2012 for a third season.
Bates played Harriet Korn, a sarcastic passionate criminal defense lawyer trying to keep up with the new younger lawyers.
Bates recieved critical acclaim for her lead role in the show.
“I don’t miss my breasts as much as I miss Harry’s Law. ;-) Thanks for all the sweet tweets. Y’all kept me going,” Bates tweeted.
Recently, Bates was awarded a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Charlie Harper’s (Charlie Sheen’s character) ghost in Two and a Half Men.
She has been nominated for 11 Emmys and has never won until now. Bates is also in the running for Best Actress for her cancelled show Harry’s Law.
Will Bates win a second Emmy at this Sunday’s Primtime Emmy Awards?