Kathy Bates' secret cancer battle

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Kathy Bates has revealed how she secretly battled ovarian cancer.

The Misery actress told US talk show host Anderson Cooper she fought the disease eight years ago but kept quiet about it for both work and personal reasons, reports People.

Oscar-winner Kathy, 63, said she was diagnosed with the illness as she was about to work on a film with late actress Brittany Murphy and was "advised to" keep quiet about it.

She said: "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."

The actress, who was most recently seen in Woody Allen's romantic comedy Midnight In Paris, also remained tight-lipped about her health problems for personal reasons.

She said: "Nobody else really knows what you're going through except another cancer patient. 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."

Kathy revealed she doesn't regret her decision to stay private about her cancer battle, but said she admires people who are more open about it.

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