Southern Methodist University
Appeared in the R-Rated Christmas comedy "Bad Santa 2"
Nabbed a supporting role in the Melissa McCarthy comedy "Tammy"
Played various character on the FX anthology series "American Horror Story"
Co-starred in the romantic drama "A Little Bit of Heaven"
Cast as Gertrude Stein in Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris"
Nominated for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in Drama Series
Landed first role as a series regular in "Harry's Law" (NBC)
Played a 'love therapist' in the Garry Marshall directed romantic comedy "Valentine's Day"
Co-starred with Michelle Pfeiffer in Stephen Frears' "Cheri"
Played the Queen of Hearts in SyFy's "Alice"
Co-starred as Miss Sue, Oher's tutor in "The Blind Side" opposite Sandra Bullock
Cast as the Secretary of Defense in the remake of the 1951 science fiction movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still"
Re-teamed with "Titanic" co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet for "Revolutionary Road"
Cast as Mother Claus opposite Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti in the comedy "Fred Claus"
Voiced one of the winged characters in the computer-animated "Bee Movie"
Voiced Bitsy the cow in live-action/computer-animated feature film "Charlotte's Web," based on the book by E.B. White
Earned an Emmy nomination for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for "Ambulance Girl"
Earned an Emmy nomination for her role as FDR's physical therapist in the HBO Films original movie "Warm Springs"
Cast in Rob Reiner's "Rumor Has It" with Kevin Costner and Jennifer Aniston
Starred with Brittany Murphy in the romantic comedy "Little Black Book"
Played Queen Victoria in the Disney live action feature "Around the World in 80 Days" based on the classic novel by Jules Verne
Had a bravura turn as the future in-law to Jack Nicholson in "About Schmidt"
Co-starred in the television feature "My Sister's Keeper"
Played a fan who helps the male lover of a murdered pop star investigate the killing in "Who Shot Victor Fox?"
Landed recurring role as Bettina on the acclaimed HBO series "Six Feet Under"; also directed episodes
Portrayed the mother of the James brothers in the revisionist Western "American Outlaws"
Helmed the TV-movie "Dash & Lilly" (A&E) about Dashiell Hammett and Lillian Hellman
Starred as Miss Hannigan in Disney's remake of "Annie" (ABC)
Delivered a scene-stealing supporting turn as a political advisor Libby Holden in "Primary Colors"
Directed an episode of the HBO series "Oz"
Portrayed Adam Sandler's mother in the suprise hit "The Waterboy"
Directed the failed pilot "Fargo"
Portrayed 'The Unsinkable Molly Brown' in James Cameron's blockbuster "Titanic"
Cast as the tenacious police woman investigating the disappearance of the school's headmaster in the remake of "Diabolique"
Portrayed Jay Leno's manager Helen Kushnick in the HBO movie "The Late Shift"
Helmed episodes of "Homicide: Life on the Street" and "NYPD Blue"
Starred as the title character, a woman accused of murder in the feature adaptation of King's "Dolores Claiborne"
TV directorial debut, the PBS production "Talking With"; also acted in one segment
Made uncredited appearance in the ABC miniseries "Stephen King's The Stand"
Played supporting role in "Prelude to a Kiss"
Co-starred with Jessica Tandy in "Fried Green Tomatoes"
Made breakthrough screen performance as obsessed fan Annie Wilkes in feature adaptation of Stephen King's "Misery"
Replaced Amy Irving in the off-Broadway production of Athol Fugard's play "The Road to Mecca"; reprised role in 1981 feature version
Appeared in a two-part episode of the ABC drama "China Beach"
Cast in supporting role in the CBS miniseries "Murder Ordained"
Starred off-Broadway and in Los Angeles (1988) in "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune" in a role written for her by playwright Terrence McNally
TV-movie debut, "Johnny Bull" (ABC)
Played Belle, the cellmate of Erica Kane on the ABC daytime drama "All My Children"
Starred on Broadway in "'night Mother"; received Tony nomination for her portrayal of a depressed woman bent on suicide
Originated role of Stella May in the short-lived Broadway production of "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean"; staged by Robert Altman; reprised part in Altman's film version
Appeared in the Actors Theatre of Louisville production of "Extremities"
Made Broadway debut in support of Jane Alexander in the short-lived production "Goodbye Fidel"
Was a member of the company of the Actors Theatre of Louisville (Kentucky); appeared in Beth Henley's "Crimes of the Heart"
Reprised her stage role in L.A. production of "Vanities"
Made TV debut on an episode of "The Love Boat" (ABC)
Off-Broadway debut as Joanne, one of the Texas Southern belles in the three-character drama "Vanities"
Stage debut as a duck in "Virginia Folk Tales" at Wayside Children's Theatre in Middletown, VA
Feature film debut in bit role as a singer auditioning in Milos Forman's "Taking Off"; also wrote song "And Even Horses Had Wings" she performed in film; credited as Bobo Bates
Moved to NYC to pursue career
Acted on stage in "The Art of Dining"
Raised in Memphis, TN
What happened after losing Best Supporting Actress to Catherine Zeta-Jones in March 2003: "Meryl Streep sailed by, grabbed my arm, and said, 'Let's go have a drink.' We slammed our bags onto the bar and she said, 'Two vodkas.' It was a real Bette Davis/Joan Crawford moment, it just took the sting out of losing." – Bates quoted to EW, June 27/July 4, 2003