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Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates recently visited The Eye Center at Southern College of Optometry. The actress and director’s visit came during a trip to Memphis for the holidays and to speak at a Methodist Healthcare Foundation luncheon.
Bates said that she enjoyed the service and hospitality shown to her during her eye examination and brief tour of the facility. Following her examination, she graciously agreed to be photographed and visited with Dr. Richard W. Phillips, SCO’s President, Dr. James E. Venable, SCO’s Executive Director for Clinical Programs, Dr. Christopher W. Lievens, Chief of Staff at The Eye Center, and intern Sam Winston, ’11.
“I am very impressed with this young man and the education he’s receiving,” Bates said to Winston. “You have a first class facility here,” she told the group.
Bates’ referral visit to The Eye Center was arranged in part by SCO Board of Trustees Chair Donna Abney, Executive Vice President of Methodist Healthcare.
“We were especially pleased that Ms. Bates chose The Eye Center at Southern College of Optometry to provide her care,” said Dr. Phillips. “She has certainly proven her interest in supporting her home community. She was especially pleasant, and we thoroughly enjoyed her visit to our campus.”
The actress can currently be seen with Sandra Bullock in the hit movie, The Blind Side, a true story set in Memphis. Bates won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in the 1990 film, Misery. She also appeared in Hollywood’s all-time box office hit, Titanic, Fried Green Tomatoes, and many other movies.