Following Monday’s big Emmys tribute to Robin Williams, Kathy Bates revealed backstage that she had wanted to dedicate her Emmy win to the late comedian. She ended up being too nervous on stage to express that message. “I really wanted to say, ‘I won this time. This is for you,’” Bates said, before recalling a run-in with the comedian that had a huge impact on her.
“When I won my first major award for Misery—a Golden Globe—it was before cell phones, and I was waiting at a pay phone to call my mother afterward. And I didn’t have a quarter,” Bates said backstage, after her surprise win in the Outstanding Supporting Actress for a Miniseries or a Movie category for American Horror Story: Coven. “I turned around and asked if anyone had a quarter to call my mom. Robin stepped up and said, ‘Here’s a quarter.’ I never forgot that kindness.”
Bates then recalled losing to Judi Dench at the Oscars in 1998—an award that Williams presented. “He came to me on the commercial break and said, ‘I really wish I could have read your name. Are you okay? I know what it’s like to lose.’”
Williams, who suffered from depression, committed suicide earlier this month.