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Annie Wilkes is the antagonist of the 1987 novel Misery, by Stephen King. The antagonist is the character (or group of characters) of a story who represents the opposition against which the heroes and/or protagonists must contend. ... 1987 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Misery is a novel by Stephen King, written in 1987. ... Stephen Edwin King (born September 21, 1947) is a prolific American author best known for his horror novels. ...

She is a nurse by profession, she fled to a deserted mountain cabin after her husband left her and she went on trial for the deaths of several infants in her care. A nurse is a health care professional who is engaged in the practice of nursing. ...

She has an unhealthy obsession with romance novels, particularly the Misery series written by Paul Sheldon. She often has difficulty in differentiating between these novels and reality. A romance novel is a novel from the genre currently known as romance. ...

She abhors profanity, to the point that she will fly into violent rages if it is used in front of her. She instead expresses anger with childish, nonsensical words like "cocky-doody" and "dirty bird." Profanity is a word choice or usage which its audience considers to be offensive. ...

Wilkes initially saves Sheldon when he is crippled in a car accident, and takes him to her home to convalesce. She quickly discovers who Sheldon is, and the outcome of his next Misery novel, which she strongly disagrees with. Wilkes then subjects the bedridden novelist to a series of physical and psychological tortures, holding him captive and forcing him to write the next novel according to her wishes. When his broken leg heals, she re-hobbles him so she can keep him forever. The Iron Maiden of Nuremberg was a famous, but probably mythical, torture device Torture is the infliction of severe physical or psychological pain as an expression of cruelty, a means of intimidation, deterrent or punishment, or as a tool for the extraction of information or confessions. ...

Knowing Wilkes will kill him eventually, Sheldon rewrites the novel's ending as she wants and pretends to go along with her plans, but then overpowers and kills her. He is then rescued by police.

In the 1990 film, Annie Wilkes was portrayed by Kathy Bates, who won the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal. 1990 is a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Kathleen Doyle Bates (born June 28, 1948 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American theatrical, film and television actress, and a television director. ... The Academy Award for Best Actress is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ...

The American Film Institute included Annie Wilkes in their "100 Heroes and Villains" list, where she ranked seventeenth out of the fifty villians presented. The American Film Institute is an independent non-profit organization created by the National Endowment for the Arts, which was established in 1965 when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act. ... AFIs 100 Years. ...

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Misery at AllExperts (1379 words)
His rescuer, Annie Wilkes, is a former registered nurse and has taken him to her secluded country home to personally care for him.
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His rescuer, Annie Wilkes (Bates), takes him to her secluded country home to be cared for by her personally.
As luck would have it, Annie is Paul's "biggest fan" and eagerly awaits all his publications.
Annie Wilkes was voted the 17th greatest villain of all-time by the American Film Institute in their special feature AFI's 100 Years...
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