Darlene Cates - Famous Actor

Darlene Cates Net Worth


Darlene Cates, famous for her portrayal of Bonnie Grape in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”, had an estimated net worth of $200 thousand. Despite her success in the film industry, Cates had to battle obesity, causing her to be bedridden for two years and weighing over 500 pounds at her heaviest. She passed away in 2017 at the age of 69.

Key facts:

The key facts about Darlene Cates mentioned in the text are:
  • She was an American actress
  • Cates played the role of Bonnie Grape in the movie "What's Eating Gilbert Grape"
  • She appeared in episodes of TV series, including "Picket Fences" and "Touched by an Angel"
  • Darlene Cates battled with obesity after a pelvic infection that caused her to be bedridden for two years
  • She lost 240 pounds of weight in 2012 after being hospitalized for a year
Despite her struggle with obesity, Darlene Cates proved her resilience as an actress through her unforgettable performance in the movie, "What's Eating Gilbert Grape". She will always be remembered for her talent and dedication in the entertainment industry.

Basic Information About Darlene Cates

CategoryCelebrities β€Ί Actors
Net worth$200,000
Date of birth1947-12-13 (76 years old)
Place of birthBorger
NationalityUnited States of America
Spouse11 January - Robert Cates (Β 1963 - 26 MarchΒ 2017)Β (her death)Β (3 children)
Social Mediaβ†—οΈŽ Wikipedia β†—οΈŽ IMDb

What Movie Awards did Darlene Cates win?


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Darlene Cates awards

Award Name State Movie / Series Name Year
ACCA - Best Actress in a Supporting RoleNomineeWhat's Eating Gilbert Grape1993

Darlene Cates roles

Movie / Series Role
What's Eating Gilbert GrapeMomma

Darlene Cates's Quotes

  • I wish everyone that's kind of hiding away at home still could understand or could have the same experience that I did. Once I did the [Sally Jessy Raphael (1983)] show, all of a sudden I realized that if I went out and people stared at me, I wouldn't know if they were staring at me because I was fat or because they recognized me from being on TV. That empowered me.
  • [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 life. So I knew that it wouldn't be anything horrible. As we went along I was so proud of the way that the character was portrayed and so proud of the way that the children came around to see that this woman had these good qualities, and how much she really did care about her family.

Interesting Facts about Darlene Cates

  1. Lost 244 pounds in 2012, bringing her weight from 575 pounds to 331.
  2. Has one daughter, Sheri Ann (b. January 1966), and two sons: Mark (b. October 1967) and Chris (b. 1971)
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Had her stomach stapled (gastroplasty) in 1981 when she weighed 410 pounds and lost 100 pounds, but eventually gained all that weight back and more, going up to 550 pounds. She has had two very close friends die of complications from weight-loss surgery.
  7. Has since done children's school seminars on weight and self-esteem.
  8. Grew up in the panhandle town of Dumas, TX, the daughter of a homemaker and a gas-station attendant who divorced when she was 12. Two years later she met her future husband and lied to him about her age. After a year's courtship they married; he was 25, she 15.
  9. 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.
  10. In 1992 she received her high school diploma via correspondence courses and emerged from her house after a five-year period of reclusion.

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