Best photos ( Darlene Cates )

by: darlenecates @ 1 week ago -
2.6K
Likes

Birth information

13 December 1947 Borger, Texas, USA

Death information

26 March 2017 Forney, Texas, USA

Given Name

Rita Darlene Guthrie

How tall is Darlene Cates?

1.75 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Robert Cates

Life Story of Darlene Cates

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 performance earned stellar reviews; Roger Ebert said about the actress, "Darlene Cates, making her movie debut, has an extraordinary presence on the screen. We see that she is fat but we see many other things, too, including the losses and disappointments in her life, and the ability she finds to take a grip and make a new start." The actress went on to appear in a handful of film and television projects before succumbing to natural causes, she was 69. When the The Guardian released a statement on the actress's death, Leonard DiCaprio paid tribute to the actress identifying her as "the best acting mom I ever had".

What movies did Darlene Cates play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Billboard (2019) Penny, Mother (2014) Mother, Wolfgirl (2001) Athena the Fat Lady, Touched by an Angel (1996) Claudia Bell, Picket Fences (1994) Sophie Wallace, What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) Momma,
Selfs Filmography
The Word (1994) Herself, Sally Jessy Raphael (1992) Herself,

Birth information

13 December 1947 Borger, Texas, USA

Death information

26 March 2017 Forney, Texas, USA

Given Name

Rita Darlene Guthrie

How tall is Darlene Cates?

1.75 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Robert Cates

Life Story of Darlene Cates

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 performance earned stellar reviews; Roger Ebert said about the actress, "Darlene Cates, making her movie debut, has an extraordinary presence on the screen. We see that she is fat but we see many other things, too, including the losses and disappointments in her life, and the ability she finds to take a grip and make a new start." The actress went on to appear in a handful of film and television projects before succumbing to natural causes, she was 69. When the The Guardian released a statement on the actress's death, Leonard DiCaprio paid tribute to the actress identifying her as "the best acting mom I ever had".

What movies did Darlene Cates play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Billboard (2019) Penny, Mother (2014) Mother, Wolfgirl (2001) Athena the Fat Lady, Touched by an Angel (1996) Claudia Bell, Picket Fences (1994) Sophie Wallace, What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) Momma,
Selfs Filmography
The Word (1994) Herself, Sally Jessy Raphael (1992) Herself,

3 rd
Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Darlene Cates, Laura Harrington, etc.

Lost 244 pounds in 2012, bringing her weight from 575 pounds to 331.

darlenecates @ 1 week ago

darlenecates darlenecates1 week ago
Last Comments
2 nd
Johnny Depp and Darlene Cates in Gilbert Grape - Irgendwo in Iowa (1993)

After years of loneliness, reclusive behavior and chronic depression, she began to return to the world despite her obesity with help of an anti-depressant medication and her story became public news.

darlenecates @ 1 week ago

darlenecates darlenecates1 week ago
Last Comments
1 st
Darlene Cates in No Small Parts (2014)

Author and screenwriter Peter Hedges saw a tape of her on the segment of Sally Jessy Raphael (1983) entitled, "Too Heavy to Leave Their House." On the show she spoke of her self-imposed imprisonment. Hedges, writer of What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993) offered her the role of the morbidly obese mother in the film, which she accepted.

darlenecates @ 1 week ago

darlenecates darlenecates1 week ago
Last Comments