Actress Kathy Bates recently revealed on a taped interview for the Anderson Cooper show that she suffered with ovarian cancer nearly eight years ago and kept it a complete secret from the public.
The 63-year-old Bates explained she mainly kept the cancer, which she has beaten, a secret because she was told to do so. “I was advised to,” she tells Cooper. “I was contracted to go into a movie at that time, Little Black Book, with Brittany Murphy, who I miss very much.” Murphy died in 2009 at the age of 32 unexpectedly.
Bates went on to add, “But my doctors at the time, had to get insurance approval and all of that, so I was very quiet about it. I had to go back to work right away,” Bates added.
She tells Cooper how she even attended her chemotherapy treatments alone. “I guess it’s something I felt I had to face on my own. Nobody else really knows what you’re going through except another cancer patient. Even though your family is supportive and surrounds you.”
She added that just because she kept her situation private she doesn’t see anything wrong with celebrities who have gone public with their health issues. “I admire people who have been open like Melissa Etheridge and women I see walking around facing it without wigs and all of that stuff. I think I would be more courageous next time.”
The full interview with Bates is scheduled to air on ‘Anderson’ on Thursday, March 22nd.