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Darlene Cates (1947–2017)


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 »

Died:

(age 69) in Forney, Texas, USA

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Known For

What's Eating Gilbert Grape
(1993)
Wolf Girl
Wolf Girl Athena the Fat Lady
(2001)
Mother
Mother Mother
(2014)
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Billboard Penny
(2017)

Filmography

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 2017 Billboard (post-production)
Penny
 2014/III Mother (Short)
Mother
 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)
Sophie Wallace
- Squatter's Rights (1994) ... Sophie Wallace
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 1994 The Word (TV Series)
Herself
- Episode #4.15 (1994) ... Herself
 1992 Sally Jessy Raphael (TV Series)
Herself
- Too Heavy to Leave Their House (1992) ... Herself
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 2015 No Small Parts (TV Series documentary)
Herself
- Darlene Cates (2015) ... Herself

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Height:

5' 9" (1.75 m)
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Personal Quote:

[about working on What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)] 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 ... See more »

Trivia:

The wife of a postal worker, she has three children--Sheri, Mark and Chris. She had her first child at age 18 and is a grandmother of four. See more »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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