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Darlene Cates

The lovable, impressionable and immeasurably talented Darlene Cates was born December 13, 1947 in Borger, Texas, to Dorothy Ann (née Pfrimmer) and Truman Madison Guthrie. She grew up in Dumas. Darlene's parents divorced when she was 12 years, which lead to overeating, which manifested itself into obesity. She underwent gastroplasty in 1981. She ... See full bio »

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 2017 Billboard (filming)
 2014/III Mother (Short)
 2001 Wolf Girl (TV Movie)
Athena the Fat Lady
 1996 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Claudia Bell
- Statute of Limitations (1996) ... Claudia Bell
 1994 Picket Fences (TV Series)
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- Squatter's Rights (1994) ... Sophie Wallace
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 1994 The Word (TV Series)
- Episode #4.15 (1994) ... Herself
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 2015 No Small Parts (TV Series documentary)
- Darlene Cates (2015) ... Herself

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5' 9" (1.75 m)

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I had to make a choice, I could stay where I was and be miserable, or I could take a risk and do something exciting. I talked with the author, Peter Hedges. There were some things in the book that I didn't like. We talked about those extensively and I trusted him because the character was based on somebody that meant something to him in his life. So I knew that it wouldn't be anything horrible. ... See more »


Lost 244 pounds in 2012 bringing her weight from 575 pounds to 331 pounds. See more »

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