Kathy Bates is an American actress and director. Considered one of the greatest actresses of her generation, her accolades speak for themselves.

Among others, she has won an Academy Award (out of four nominations), two Primetime Emmy Awards (out of 14 nominations), and two Golden Globe Awards (out of eight nominations).

In this article, we look at the prolific career of an all-time great actress in Kathy Bates and provide details about her net worth.

What is Kathy Bates’ Net Worth? Salary & Earnings Breakdown

According to celebritynetworth.com, Kathy Bates has a net worth of $32 million as of June 2020. Her net worth comes from her career salary as an actress and director.

Bates moved to “the big apple” in 1970 to chase her dreams but was hit with a reality check when she struggled to find roles. After minor TV appearances, Bates started performing on-stage and one of her first breakthrough roles in the 1970 play, Lemon Sky, opposite Christopher Walken.

Throughout the next decade, she was part of such off-Broadway plays as Casserole, A Quality of Mercy, and Vanities.

She soon made her Broadway debut in the 1980 play, Goodbye Fidel. For her performance in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, ‘night, Mother, Bates was nominated for a Tony Award and bagged the Obie Award.

Her silver-screen breakthrough came in the 1990 adaptation of Stephen King‘s eponymous horror novel, Misery. Her performance landed her an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award win.

She would be nominated for an Academy Award three more times in her career — albeit without a win — namely, for her performances in the movies Primary Colors, About Schmidt, and Richard Jewell.

She played Molly Brown in James Cameron’s romantic tragedy, Titanic (1997) — which was the highest-grossing movie until Cameron’s 2009 movie, Avatar, dethroned it.

Bates has received 14 Primetime Emmy Award nominations with two wins: for her appearances in the ninth season of the CBS sitcom, Two and a Half Men, and the third season of the FX anthology horror series, American Horror Story: Coven. 

Her directorial credits include episodes of such shows as Six Feet Under, Oz, NYPD Blue, and Everwood.

Bates has over 125 acting credits and despite getting advanced in her age, she shows no signs of slowing down. For her contributions to the performance arts, Kathy Bates received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 20, 2016.


In recent years, Kathy Bates has been gaining favor with contemporary audiences with her recurring appearances in Ryan Murphy‘s anthology horror series, American Horror Story.

For her appearances, Bates is reportedly paid up to $175,000 per episode.

Philanthropy and Activism

Kathy Bates’s life has been anything but easy. From being told that she was not good-looking enough to become an actress, which compounded her depression and self-esteem issues; to her many battles with cancer and lymphedema; her unwavering spirit is exemplary of her fortitude.

Bates has been a spokesperson for the Lymphatic Education & Research Network’s honorary board since her own plight with the condition.

Bates is also an advocate for women’s rights, racial equality, and LGBTQ rights.

Bates personally donated $1 million to Hurricane Katrina victims in 2005.

How Old is Kathy Bates? Her Age, Height, Parents & Education

Kathy Bates was born Kathleen Doyle Bates, the youngest of three daughters, to mechanical engineer Langdon Doyle Bates and his wife, Bertye Talbert.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, on June 28, 1948, the 71-year-old was a precocious child and graduated early from White Station High School.

She joined the theatre program at Southern Methodist University and graduated from there early as well. She moved to New York City to pursue a career in acting.

Is Kathy Bates Married? Does She Have Children?

Kathy Bates was married to fellow actor Tony Campisi — of Spider-Man 2, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit fame.

They had a live-in relationship for the better part of 12 years before tying the knot in April 1991. Despite being together for so long, their marriage didn’t last and they called it quits in 1997.

As of this writing, Kathy Bates has no children.

Health Problems and Battle with Cancer

Kathy Bates has been plagued by a litany of physical and psychological health problems throughout her life.

In her teenage years, she suffered bouts of depression and had self-esteem issues.

In 2003, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She has gone into remission since. In July 2012, Bates was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy.

Having undergone the double mastectomy, Bates revealed that she had suffered lymphedema in both arms as a result.

Despite the myriad of health problems that she has had to contend with in her life, Kathy Bates remains as high-spirited and vibrant as ever.