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Darlene Cates
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Actress
    (December 13, 1947-March 26, 2017)
    Birth name is Rita Darlene Guthrie
    Best know for her role as Bonnie Grape in the film 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)' (weighing over 500 lbs.)
    Acted in the TV movie 'Wolf Girl (2001)'
    Made guest appearances on TV series 'Picket Fences' (March 1994) and 'Touched By An Angel' (May 1996)
    She lied to her future husband while dating, saying she was nearly 18 years old when she was just 14.
    She confessed on their wedding night that she had just turned 15.
    Her weight has been out of control since her late teens.
    She's been on several diets and programs, but every time she's lost weight she's gained it back (and then some).
    She has health problems associated with obesity.
    The author of 'Gilbert Grape' saw her on the 'Sally Jessy Raphael Show' (bitching about her weight) and wanted to cast her strictly for her fatness, not her talent.
    She suffers from depression and contemplated suicide.
    She's been married to the same guy since 1963 who has supported her though thick and thicker.
    One of her children was born with collapsed lungs and nearly died.
    She befriended Richard Simmons after the 'Sally Show,' but pissed him off when more attention was being paid to her after 'Gilbert Grape' premiered, due to his hatred of sharing the spotlight.
    The cast of 'Gilbert Grape' praised her performance and treated her like 'one of the gang.'
    When Arsenio Hall had her on his show and said, 'I have with me the 600 pound actress who played in Gilbert Grape,' she playfully smacked him upside the head and said, 'No way am I almost 600 pounds. I weigh just a little over 500, thank you.'
    She stated she lives her life like a quote from Maya Angelou: 'You do the best you can and when you know better, you do better.'

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