Birth Name: Kathleen Doyle Bates
Place of Birth: Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Date of Birth: June 28, 1948
Ethnicity: English, some Irish, Scottish, German, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Cornish, and Welsh
Kathy Bates is an American actress and director. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Misery (1990). Her many other roles include the films Dick Tracy, White Palace, Fried Green Tomatoes, Shadows and Fog, Prelude to a Kiss, Used People, A Home of Our Own, Dolores Claiborne, Angus, Diabolique (1996), Swept from the Sea, Titanic, Primary Colors, The Waterboy, Rat Race, Love Liza, About Schmidt, Little Black Book, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Failure to Launch, Fred Claus, P.S. I Love You, Bonneville, The Family That Preys, Revolutionary Road, Chéri, The Blind Side, Midnight in Paris, Tammy, Boychoir, The Boss, Bad Santa 2, The Death & Life of John F. Donovan, On the Basis of Sex, The Highwaymen, Richard Jewell, and Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret., and television’s The Late Shift, Annie (1999), Six Feet Under, Warm Springs, Harry’s Law, and American Horror Story.
Kathy is the daughter of Bertye Kathleen (Talbert) and Langdon Doyle Bates, a mechnical engineer.
Kathy’s patrilineal line can be traced to Joseph Bate/Bates, who was born, c. 1628, in Biddenden, Kent, England, and to his wife, Esther Hillard/Hilliard, who was born in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, to English parents.
Kathy’s paternal grandfather was Finis L. Bates, an author and lawyer (Finis Langdon Bates, the son of Henderson Wesley Bates and Eliza Elvira/Elvirey Janet Bourland). Finis was born in Mississippi. Henderson was the son of Robert Patrick Bates and Jennie/Jane Hill. Eliza was the daughter of Ebenezer Jackson Bourland and Abigail Loving.
Kathy’s paternal grandmother was Madge/Margaret Young Doyle (the daughter of Washington Jackson Phepoe Doyle and Minerva Hasbrook Selden). Madge was born in Tennessee. Washington’s parents, Dennis John Doyle and Margaret Young, were Irish. Dennis was the personal physician to President Andrew Jackson. Kathy’s great-grandmother Minerva was the daughter of Churchill Jones Selden/Seldon and Minerva Livingston Brown.
Kathy’s maternal grandfather was John Lewis Talbert (the son of Hugh Quarles Talbert and Mary/Mamie Rebecca Belcher Lewis). John was born in South Carolina. Hugh was the son of Joseph Lee Talbert and Sarah Elizabeth Quarles. Mary was the daughter of John E. Lewis and Sarah Jane Belcher.
Kathy’s maternal grandmother was Susan Corisande Seigler (the daughter of John Oscar Seigler and Mary Jane Moore). Susan was born in South Carolina. John was the son of David Seigler and Jane Elizabeth Lanier. Mary Jane was the daughter of John Ferguson Moore and Sabrina Woodbury Beard.
Sources: Genealogy of Kathy Bates – https://www.geni.com
Kathy’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org