Kathy Bates decided to keep her cancer battle a secret
The Oscar-winning actress was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2003 but didn`t make the news public and says one of the reason was because she had signed up to star in a movie alongside the late Brittany Murphy.
She told interviewer Anderson Cooper: "I was advised to [do so]. 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."
Kathy, 63, says she also wanted to go through the experience on her own despite having a supportive network of family and friends.
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."
However, the `Misery` star - who successful beat the disease - says she would do things differently if it were to happen again.
She added: "I admire people who have been open, like Melissa Etheridge and women I see walking around facing it without wigs and all of that stuff. I think I`d be more courageous next time."