Happy Birthday Kathy Bates! Kathy Bates is one of my favorite actresses and she stars in two of my favorite psychological thrillers, Misery and Dolores Claiborne. These movies, conceived in the mind of master horror writer, Stephen King, show the dark depths our minds can plummet to when driven by madness and also motherly protection.
Bates won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her performance in Misery. Bates played Annie Wilkes, a Misery Romance Novel fanatic who just happens to rescue her favorite romance author from a car accident and takes him into her home to “help” him. When she reads his new manuscript, the plot makes Annie go into a tailspin.
Dolores Claiborne is another movie based on the novel by Stephen King where Bates plays the lead role. This is a sad tale of a woman whose hard life progressively becomes worse when she loses the only thing she has left, her daughter. Dolores’ true character comes to light as she must confess the truth behind her actions. (Must see. I won’t spoil it for you.)
Kerri L. Schultz