Kathy Bates announces recent breast cancer diagnosis and recovery


Kathy Bates: on the mend after breast cancer diagnosis. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

Kathy Bates revealed today, both on Twitter and in a statement to People magazine, that she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and is recovering after a double mastectomy.

Bates, also an ovarian cancer survivor, tweeted that she received her diagnosis two months ago, not long after NBC announced its plans to cancel her legal drama, “Harry’s Law.”

(1/2) Hey All, sorry for the long silence. I was diagnosed with breast cancer 2 months ago & am recovering from a double mastectomy.

— Kathy Bates (@MsKathyBates) September 12, 2012

(2/2) I don’t miss my breasts as much as I miss Harry’s Law. ;-) Thanks for all the sweet tweets. Y’all kept me going.

— Kathy Bates (@MsKathyBates) September 12, 2012

In her statement to People, she also said she will not “have to undergo radiation or chemo.”

“My family calls me Kat because I always land on my feet and thankfully this is no exception,” she added.

If we assume there’s a little bit of Bates in the many gutsy women she’s played — from Molly Brown in “Titanic” to Gertrude Stein in “Midnight in Paris” to the ever-feisty Bettina on “Six Feet Under” — it’s no surprise she’s handled the diagnosis with such strength and reserve.

Bates will undoubtedly talk more about her recovery when she makes her first high-profile, post-diagnosis red carpet appearance later this month at the Emmy Awards, where the Oscar winner is nominated for her role on “Harry’s Law” as well as her guest acting gig on “Two and a Half Men.”

When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.

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