Kathy Bates Checks in to American Horror Story: Hotel

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Kathy Bates

Academy Award and Emmy Award winner Kathy Bates has joined the cast of “American Horror Story: Hotel,” the highly-anticipated fifth installment of Ryan Murphy’s hit horror anthology series. “Hotel” marks Bates’ third appearance in the series, the actress having previously starred in the recently-completed seasons “Freak Show” and “Coven,” for which she won an Emmy Award.

For “Hotel,” Bates joins previously announced stars Lady Gaga, Matt Bomer, Cheyenne Jackson, Wes Bentley and Chloë Sevigny.

Previously, Bates starred as Ethel Darling on “Freak Show,” the series third installment, and as Madame Delphine LaLaurie on “Coven,” winning her a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie. She also won an Emmy Award in 2012 for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for “Two and a Half Men,” and an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 1991 for Rob Reiner’s Stephen King adaptation, Misery. Bates is currently in production on Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone’s comedy Michelle Darnell.

Production of the 13-episode “Hotel” season will begin in Los Angeles in late summer, and will air on FX in October. The “American Horror Story” franchise is produced by Twentieth Century Fox Television.