Kathy Bates Shares Why She Kept Cancer Private

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Oscar-winning actress Kathy Bates kept her battle with ovarian cancer private for almost a decade and is now opening up on why she concealed her diagnosis and treatment.

“I was advised to [do so],” Bates told Anderson Cooper in an episode of his daytime talk show “Anderson” airing Thursday. “I was contracted to go into a movie at that time, ‘Little Black Book’ with Brittany Murphy, who I miss very much. My doctors at the time, they had to get insurance approval and all of that so I was very quiet about it and had to go back to work right away.”

Bates also had personal reasons for keeping her diagnosis a secret.

“Nobody else really knows what you’re going through except another cancer patient,” she said on “Anderson.” “Even though your family’s supportive and surrounds you, I just got to the point where I would go to chemo by myself and just really go through it on my own.”

The 63-year-old actress, who recently appeared in “Midnight in Paris,” said that if cancer were to return, she may be more open about it in the future.

“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,” she said. “I think I’d be more courageous next time.”

Bates is known for her past roles in “Misery,” “Titanic,” “Fried Green Tomatoes” and “About Schmidt.”  She currently stars on the NBC series “Harry’s Law,” which earned her a 2011 Emmy nomination. She will reprise Charlie Sheen’s role on ‘Two and a Half Men,” portraying the actor’s ghost, according to a recent statement by CBS.

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