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Kathy Bates recovering from double mastectomy

Actress Kathy Bates arrives at the Australian Academy

Actress Kathy Bates arrives at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards at the Soho House in Los Angeles. (Jan. 27, 2012) Credit: AP

Kathy Bates, who played "The Unsinkable" Molly Brown in "Titanic," has proved equally unsinkable in surviving her second battle with cancer, the actress revealed Wednesday.

Bates, 64, told People magazine she was diagnosed with breast cancer several weeks ago. "After much consideration, I underwent a double mastectomy," she said. "Luckily, I don't have to undergo radiation or chemo. My family call me Kat because I always land on my feet, and thankfully this is no exception."

She had ovarian cancer in 2003 but waited years before disclosing it, telling the "Today" show in 2009, "I've been in total remission for 5 1/2 years now, so that's great."

"My doctors have assured me I'm going to be around for a long time," Bates told People. "I'm looking forward to getting back to work doing what I love to do."

Bates, who won a best actress Academy Award for the 1990 psychological-horror film "Misery," is up for two Emmy Awards on Sept. 23: outstanding lead actress in a drama, for the recently canceled "Harry's Law," and outstanding guest actress in a comedy series for playing the ghost of Charlie Sheen's late character, Charlie Harper, on an April episode of "Two and a Half Men."

"I don't miss my breasts as much as I miss Harry's Law. ;-)," Bates tweeted Wednesday. "Thanks for all the sweet tweets. Y'all kept me going."

Bates said in March she had been advised not to reveal her ovarian cancer at the time since she was about to begin shooting "Little Black Book" and stayed mum to pass muster for the film's insurance company. "I think I'd be more courageous next time," she presciently added.

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