Kathy Bates almost gave an entirely different speech when she took home the Emmy last night for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for American Horror Story: Coven. The actress, who had just won the second Emmy of her career, explained to reporters backstage that she almost dedicated the speech to the late, great Robin Williams, who was “so kind to me,” says Bates.
“When I won my first major award for Misery — a Golden Globe — they didn’t have cell phones and I was waiting at a pay phone to call my mother afterward and I didn’t have a quarter,” Bates said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I turned around and asked, and Robin said, ‘Here’s a quarter to call your mother.’ I never forgot that kindness.”
While Robin Williams was there for Bates when she won the Golden Globe, he was also there for her when she lost at the Oscars years later to Judi Dench. Williams was presenting the award and checked on Bates during the commercial break.
“He came to me and said, ‘I really wished I could have had your name in the envelope; are you OK?” Bates recalls. “I know how hard it is to lose.’ He was so kind to me.”
Bates will appear in the newest season of American Horror Story, entitled Freak Show, which premieres Oct. 8th on FX. Her co-star and fellow Emmy winner, Jessica Lange, would not confirm that Freak Show would be her last season of the FX horror series, but she did promise that it’s the “most extraordinary” edition yet of American Horror Story.
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