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Oscar-winning actress Kathy Bates returns to her White Station High School roots

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Oscar-winning thespian Kathy Bates Friday returned to the very place she first caught the acting bug.

The "Misery" and "Fried Green Tomatoes" actress spent the afternoon visiting White Station High School for the first time since her graduation in 1966.

In the auditorium, Bates watched drama students rehearse "Guys and Dolls" on the very stage that launched her career.

Earlier in the day, the ovarian cancer survivor and research advocate attended a luncheon at The Peabody Hotel in Downtown Memphis.

"I always feel like, what's the big deal about sharing your personal experiences? Because we're all human," Bates said. "I mean, it's not like there are any big secrets about what we go through in life."

Bates' latest big screen role is that of Miss Sue, tutor to Briarcrest football Star Michael Oher in the newly-released film "The Blind Side."

"My first response when I read the script was that to know it was a true story. And that people here in my own hometown had taken this young man in and had changed his life because they were able to do that for him, is such a powerful lesson for all us," Bates said.

Bates grew up in racially-divided Memphis at the time of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..

"I think of this story of Michael Oher and the Tuohys as such a healing that is so inspirational, and needs to happen more and more across all kinds of ethnic boundaries and lines," she said.

The actress also appreciates the beauty of "The Blind Side" opening on National Adoption Day.

"I think it's all wonderful how that coincides. That's like a little miracle," she said.

As for her future, Bates says she's just enjoying living life to its fullest.

"It's been wonderful to discover that life that I can have between jobs and then go off and work," she said.

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