WCW: Kathy Bates


Just a few of the historical costume movie and TV appearances that make her fabulous!


Dick Tracy (1990)


Swept From the Sea (1997)


Titanic (1997)


American Outlaws (2001)


The Bridge of San Luis Del Rey (2004)


Warm Springs (2005)


Cheri (2009)

Chéri (2009)


American Horror Story (2001- )


The Highwaymen (2019)



What’s your favorite historical role of Kathy Bates? What one did we miss?

13 Responses

  1. Kate D

    Kathy Bates is great! I also love her in the 1999 version of Annie!

  2. ladylavinia1932

    I loved her in “Titanic”. And I was impressed by her in “American Horror Story”. Also, she had portrayed Queen Victoria in 2004’s “Around the World in 80 Days”. I realize the movie wasn’t much, but it is a period film.

    • LadySlippers

      Yes, yes she was! Another great role.

      Has she been terrible in anything she’s done???

      • M.E. Lawrence

        No, never. (Although my favorite Bates performance is still The Squirrel Lady in “Rat Race.”)

  3. Daniel Milford-Cottam

    The one thing that kinda pissed me off about her costuming in American Horror Story is that at one point you can clearly see she’s wearing white high heels under her otherwise pretty well done 1830s look.

  4. Susan Pola Staples

    I felt that her Molly Browne in Titanic was one of her best roles. She dressed well and beautifully. She captured the nonconformist Molly, or at least, the Molly who played Polite Society’s rules and knew where to ignore them. And she didn’t care a bit what the New York doyennes thought.
    The other is Cheri. I loved her snarkiness in her conversations with Michelle Pfeiffer and of course the frocks were gorgeous.

    • CeliaHayes

      I choose to dress in period costume when I do a book event – and so many people have told me that I look just like Kathy Bates in Titanic …
      I am 65, so have gone well past looking like Aubrey Hepburn …

  5. Alison

    Have you noticed that the older she gets, the more she looks like the Queen? I wonder when some casting director will realise it.

  6. Kathleen Julie Norvell

    Cheri is my favorite. As a friend said about he movie: “Better living through corsetry.”

  7. LadySlippers

    I just adore Kathy Bates and loved her in Titanic and in Fried Green Tomatoes. 💖

  8. ThoraSTooth

    It’s a little off the usual historic map, but I love her as Ruth Whitefeather Feldman, the former cannabis activist/hippie dispensary owner in “Disjointed.” Her well-aged hippie costumes are a riot.