Darlene Cates (born December 13, 1947) is an American actress who made her feature film debut in Lasse Hallström's What's Eating Gilbert Grape, alongside Johnny Depp, Juliette Lewis and Leonardo DiCaprio, in which she played the title character's housebound mother.
Television roles followed on the hit shows Picket Fences and Touched by an Angel, and a cameo in Wolf Girl, a Halloween ... more »
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''...I will not be a sight gag for anybody. I will not do anything degrading to myself or other fat people.''Darlene Cates (b. c. 1947), U.S. actor. As quoted in Newsweek, p. 67 (January 24, 1994). Cates, a 489-pound arthritic woman who had been virtually...