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Darlene Cates (1947–2017)


Darlene Cates' acting career ignited after she appeared on 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 housebound mother in What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993). Cates accepted... See full bio »

Died:

(age 69) in Forney, Texas, USA

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Known For

What's Eating Gilbert Grape
(1993)
Billboard
Billboard Penny
(2018)
Picket Fences
Picket Fences Sophie Wallace
(1994)
Mother
Mother Mother
(2014)

Filmography

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 2018 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
 1993 What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Bonnie Grape
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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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[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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In her early years she took solace in food. Her overeating, compounded by a thyroid condition and slow metabolism, led to substantial weight gains, and in 1986 pelvic infections kept her bedridden for two years, during which she gained 150 pounds. See more »

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