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Diatribe: A Real-Life Dolores Claiborne.

08/26/2014

Dolores ClaiborneActress Kathy Bates won yet another award this week taking home the Emmy Award in the Outstanding Supporting Actress for a Miniseries or a Movie category for her portrayal of Delphine LaLaurie n American Horror Story: Coven.  I’ve always enjoyed anything that she’s done.  I can quote bits of her dialogue from Misery and Fried Green Tomatoes and I was truly sad when Harry’s Law was cancelled in 2012 after just thirty-four episodes.  One of my favorite Kathy Bates performances would have to be her portrayal of Dolores Claiborne.

The first edition of Stephen King’s Dolores Claiborne was published in 1993 and Bates brought the character to life in the 1995 movie costarring Jennifer Jason Leigh and directed by Taylor Hackford.  Dolores Claiborne tells police the story of her life, including stories from her past involving her volatile marriage and the suspicious death of her violent husband thirty years ealier.  Dolores had given her husband a bottle of scotch and, after he was quite drunk, she provoked him into attacking her and falling down an old well where she left him to die.

In a strange case of life imitating art, yesterday, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, a judge sentenced seventy-five-year-old Missouri woman, Alice Uden, to life in prison for killing her husband in the mid-1970s before throwing his body down the shaft of an abandoned gold mine where it remained undiscovered for nearly forty years.

“I’ve tried to atone for it.  I wish that I never would have met him so that none of this ever would have happened.  He was a very frightening man.” – Wheelchair-bound defendant, Alice Uden, sobbing as she addressed the court.

Last May, a Jury found Uden guilty of murdering her third husband, Ronald Holtz, then 25.  She had testified that she shot him in the head with a rifle after he flew into a rage because her toddler daughter was crying.  She claimed he was going to attack her baby and that she was defending her.  They jury was not convinced.

I can’t help but think Kathy Bates could have convinced them.

Are you a fan of Kathy Bates?  Did you enjoy Dolores Claiborne?

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  1. I am a fan. While I did not see her in that one, I also liked her in “Primary Colors” with John Travolta as a Presidential candidate from a southern state. Truth is stranger than fiction, so a real life Dolores Claiborne is not a stretch. When I lived in Winston-Salem, there was a court case for woman who killed her husband with arsenic.

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