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Kathy Bates has double mastectomy

image captionThe Misery and Harry's Law actress previously overcame ovarian cancer

Oscar-winning actress Kathy Bates has revealed she has had a double mastectomy, after being diagnosed with breast cancer two months ago.

"Sorry for the long silence," the 64-year-old star tweeted on Wednesday.

"I was diagnosed with breast cancer two months ago and am recovering from a double mastectomy."

"I don't miss my breasts as much as I miss Harry's Law," added the Emmy-nominated star of the TV legal series, which was cancelled earlier this year.

Bates, who won the best actress Oscar in 1991 for her role in Misery, told People magazine she had undergone the mastectomy "after much consideration" and "would not have to undergo radiation and chemo[therapy]".

"My doctors have assured me I'm going to be around for a long time," she added.

Double nominee

Three years ago the actress disclosed that she had overcome ovarian cancer, after it was diagnosed in 2003.

"My family calls me Kat because I always land on my feet and thankfully this is no exception," she said.

"I'm looking forward to getting back to work doing what I love to do."

Bates received two further Oscar nominations after her Misery win, for Primary Colors in 1999 and About Schmidt in 2003.

More recently she has appeared in such films as The Day the Earth Stood Still and The Blind Side, as well as TV series Six Feet Under and The Office.

Emmy-nominated this year for her role as the feisty Harriet Korn in Harry's Law, Bates earned a second citation for her guest slot on Two and a Half Men.

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