Darlene Cates (1947–2017)


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Cates' acting career ignited after she appeared on an episode of Sally Jessy Raphael (1983), titled "Too Heavy to Leave Their House". Shortly after, author and screenwriter Peter Hedges proposed to her that she play Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio's morbidly obese and housebound mother in What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)--Cates accepted. Her ... See full bio »

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(age 69) in Forney, Texas, USA

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 2019 Billboard
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 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)
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- Episode #4.15 (1994) ... Self
 1992 Sally Jessy Raphael (TV Series)
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- Too Heavy to Leave Their House (1992) ... Self
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 2015 No Small Parts (TV Series documentary)
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- Darlene Cates (2015) ... Self

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5' 9" (1.75 m)
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[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 »

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Has since done children's school seminars on weight and self-esteem. See more »

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