Scary Monsters and Super Freaks: The All-Stars of 'American Horror Story'

As the fourth season of the popular TV horror anthology premieres, it's time to bone up on the show's returning players and MVPs

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Kathy Bates
Kathy Bates as Ethel Darling. Michele K. Short/FX12/13

Kathy Bates

Season 4: Ethel Darling
Season 3: Madame Delphine LaLaurie

Best known as the obsessive, dirty-bird-hating superfan in Misery (1990), Bates quickly became a Horror-verse fan favorite as the Southern slave owner with a sadistic flare for torturing her help in "Coven" (for which she deservedly won an Emmy). She returns this season in an even hairier role: "Freakshow"'s resident bearded lady Ethel Darling. We just hope Annie Wilkes approves.

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