21 Kathy Bates 'Misery' Quotes from Her Oscar-Winning Role as Annie Wilkes
Kathy Bates received widespread acclaim from critics for her brilliant performance in her portrayal of Annie Wilkes in "Misery." Here are some of her quotes from the 1990 psychologist thriller.
"Misery" follows the story of a coincidental meeting between a well-known author, Paul Sheldon, and an obsessive fan, Annie Wilkes. Wilkes stumbles upon an injured Sheldon, whom she cares for at home. After reading the manuscript for his new novel, she learns that her favorite will be killed, which infuriates her.
Wilkes has a psychopathic mindset seen in her actions in the movies. In addition, her words also present her character; hence, the quotes below paint a picture of the role Bates played in the film.
Kathy Bates 'Misery' Quotes about Paul
“I thought you were good Paul... but you're not good. You're just another lying ol' dirty birdy.” — Annie Wilkes
“Annie Wilkes: The swearing, Paul. There, I said it.
"Paul Sheldon: The, uh, profanity bothers you?
Annie Wilkes: It has no nobility.” — Annie Wilkes
“YOU! YOU DIRTY BIRD, HOW COULD YOU!” — Annie Wilkes
"I'm your number one fan. There's nothing to worry about. You're going to be just fine. I will take good care of you. I'm your number one fan." — Annie Wilkes
“SLIPPED AWAY! SLIPPED AWAY? SHE DIDN'T JUST SLIP AWAY! YOU DID IT! YOU DID IT! YOU DID IT! YOU MURDERED MY MISERY!” — Annie Wilkes
“The rain. Sometimes it gives me the blues. When you first came here, I only loved the writer part of Paul Sheldon. Now I know I love the rest of him, too. I know you don't love me, don't say you do. You're beautiful, brilliant, a famous man of the world and I'm... not a movie star type. You'll never know the fear of losing someone like you if you're someone like me.” — Annie Wilkes
“Annie Wilkes: Anything else I can get for you while I am in town? How about a tiny tape recorder, or how about a handmade pair of writing slippers?
"Paul Sheldon: No, just the paper would be fine.
Annie Wilkes: Are you sure? Because if you want I can bring back the whole store for you!” — Annie Wilkes
“He didn't get out of the COCKADOODIE CAR!” —Annie Wilkes
“WHAT'S THE MATTER? I'll tell you "what's the matter!" I go out of my way for you! I do everything to try and make you happy. I feed you, I clean you, I dress you, and what thanks do I get? "Oh, you bought the wrong paper, Annie, I can't write on this paper, Annie!" Well, I'll get your stupid paper but you just better start showing me a little appreciation around here, Mr. MAN!” — Annie Wilkes
“And don't even think about anybody coming for you. Not the doctors, not your agent, not your family. 'Cause I never called them. Nobody knows you're here. And you better hope nothing happens to me. Because if I die... you die.” — Annie Wilkes
“Paul Sheldon: You know I never tasted meatloaf quite like this, what's your secret?
Annie Wilkes: My secret is, I always use fresh tomatoes, never canned. And to give it that extra zip, I mix a little Spam with the ground beef!” — Annie Wilkes
“Oh forgive me Paul for prattling away and making everything all oogy.” — Annie Wilkes
“God came to me last night and told me your purpose for being here. I am going to help you write a new book.” — Annie Wilkes
“If somebody told me I was going to be having a candlelight dinner with Paul Sheldon in my own house I would have checked both legs to see which was being pulled.” — Annie Wilkes
Kathy Bates 'Misery' Quotes about Her Life
“When I was growing up in Bakersfield, my favorite thing in the whole world was to go to the movies on Saturday afternoons for the Chapter Plays.” — Annie Wilkes
“I know that, Mr. Man! They also called them serials. I'm not stupid ya know... Anyway, my favorite was Rocketman, and once it was a no-breaks chapter.” — Annie Wilkes
“Now the time has come. I put two bullets in my gun. One for me, and one for you. Oh darling, it will be so beautiful.” — Annie Wilkes
General Kathy Bates 'Misery' Quotes
“She can't be dead, MISERY CHASTAIN CANNOT BE DEAD!” — Annie Wilkes
“MISERY IS ALIVE, MISERY IS ALIVE! OH, This whole house is going to be full of romance, OOOH, I AM GOING TO PUT ON MY LIBERACE RECORDS!” —Annie Wilkes
“That and "Misery's Daughter" are the only perfect things in the history of the world!” — Annie Wilkes
“Oh, my goodness! Heavens to Betsy!” — Annie Wilkes
“Now that's an oogie mess.” — Annie Wilkes
Despite starting as a familiar good Samaritan story, Bates' character becomes disillusioned with what Paul Sheldon will do with her favorite character in the novels, Misery. This caused her attitude towards the author to shift and take more drastic measures.