At the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, Kathy Bates took home Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her work on “American Horror Story: Coven,” which she said afterward in the press room was just as much a surprise to her as to anyone. But she adds that it was special to her because the show honored Robin Williams, who meant a lot to her in her career.
“Years and years ago when I won [a Golden Globe] for ‘Misery,’ recalls Bates, “they didn’t have cell phones in those days, and I was waiting at the pay phone to call my mom and I realized I didn’t have a quarter, so I turned around and said, “Does anybody got a quarter?’ and Robin Williams stepped up and said, ‘Here’s a quarter to call your mom.’ I never forgot that kindness.
“Then years later when I was up for an Oscar, he had won the year before for supporting actor, so he was giving out best supporting for ladies that year, and Dame Judi Dench won and at the commercial break, he came over and said, ‘Oh, I really wish I could have had your name in the envelope. Are you OK? I know how hard it is to lose.'”
“He was just so kind to me,” Bates continues. “I didn’t know him well, but he was so kind. So this is a special night for that reason too. [When I won], I almost wanted to say, ‘Look, I won this time and this is for you,’ but I was just so nervous.”
Reporting by Jean Bentley