Bates nabbed an Oscar for her turn as crazed fan Annie Wilkes in "Misery," a thriller that also starred Caan and was based on the Stephen King novel.
After her Oscar win, she starred in 1991's "Fried Green Tomatoes," in 1995's "Dolores Claiborne," and in 1998's "Primary Colors."
Bates was nominated for another Oscar for her role at Libby in "Primary Colors." She received another Oscar nod in 2002's "About Schmidt," starring Jack Nicholson.
She has received a total of seven Emmy nominations for various TV roles. The seventh is for her portrayal of an author who becomes an emergency medical technician in the 2005 Lifetime movie "Ambulance Girl."