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Darlene Cates is a Actor American born on 13 december 1947 at Borger (USA)

Darlene Cates

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Birth name Rita Darlene Guthrie
Nationality USA
Birth 13 december 1947 at Borger (USA)
Death 26 march 2017 (at 69 years)

Darlene Cates (born Rita Darlene Guthrie; December 13, 1947) is an American actress. She is best known for her role in the 1993 film What's Eating Gilbert Grape, in which she played the title character's housebound mother.


Ses parents sont Dorothy Ann et Truman Madison Guthrie.

Elle fait ses débuts dans le film de Lasse Hallström, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, aux côtés de Johnny Depp, Juliette Lewis et Leonardo DiCaprio. Elle y joue le rôle d'une mère de famille obèse confinée chez elle. Cates a été choisie pour jouer Bonnie Grape après que le directeur du casting l'a aperçue dans un épisode du Sally Jessy Raphael Show dans lequel elle évoquait son poids. Elle dit peser aux alentours de 250 kilos.

Les petits rôles à la télévision se sont succédé dans des séries telles que Un drôle de shérif (Picket Fences) ou Les Anges du bonheur.

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Filmography of Darlene Cates (2 films)

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Wolf Girl
Wolf Girl (2001)
, 1h37
Directed by Thomas Fitzgerald
Genres Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Wolves in film, Werewolves in film
Actors Grace Jones, Tim Curry, Shawn Ashmore, Victoria Sánchez, Lesley Ann Warren, Tony Denman
Roles Athena the Fat Lady
Rating58% 2.901212.901212.901212.901212.90121
Teenage girl Tara has a disease and hair growing all over her body and her face. She was born into a travelling Freak show circus and is the main attraction as Wolf Girl. Tara, often ridiculed by local teens, finds a friend in Ryan whose mother happens to work on an experimental depilatory treatment. Desperately longing to be normal, Tara starts to secretly inject herself with the drug, but unaware of the dangerous side effects... The animal within starts to reveal itself.
What's Eating Gilbert Grape, 1h58
Directed by Lasse Hallström
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes L'adolescence, Films about education, Films about children, Films about families, Medical-themed films, Films about psychiatry, Films about disabilities, Films about autism, Films about school violence
Actors Johnny Depp, Juliette Lewis, Mary Steenburgen, Leonardo DiCaprio, John C. Reilly, Darlene Cates
Roles Bonnie Grape
Rating76% 3.849723.849723.849723.849723.84972
In the small town of Endora, Iowa, Gilbert Grape (Johnny Depp) is busy caring for Arnie (Leonardo DiCaprio), his brother with a developmental disability, as they wait for the many tourists' trailers to pass through town during their "yearly ritual" of camping at a nearby recreational area. His mother, Bonnie (Darlene Cates), gave up on life after her husband hanged himself seventeen years earlier. She spends almost all of her time on the couch watching TV. With Bonnie unable to care for her children on her own due to her morbid obesity, Gilbert has taken responsibility for repairing the old house and looking after Arnie, who has a habit of climbing the town water tower, while his sisters Amy and Ellen do the rest. The relationship between the brothers is of both care and protection, as Gilbert continually enforces the "nobody touches Arnie" policy. A new FoodLand supermarket has opened, threatening the small Lamson's Grocery where Gilbert works. In addition, Gilbert is having an affair with a married woman, Betty Carver (Mary Steenburgen).