Darlene Cates Net Worth

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Darlene Cates Bio/Wiki, Net Worth, Married 2018

The lovable, impressionable and immeasurably talented Darlene Cates was born December 13, 1947 in Borger, Texas, to Dorothy Ann (née Pfrimmer) and Truman Madison Guthrie. She grew up in Dumas. Darlene's parents divorced when she was 12 years, which lead to overeating, which manifested itself into obesity. She underwent gastroplasty in 1981. She ...

Date Of BirthDecember 13, 1947
Place Of BirthBorger, Texas, United States
Height5' 9" (1.75 m)
SpouseRobert Cates (m. 1963)
ChildrenSheri Ann Cates, Chris Cates, Mark Cates
ParentsDorothy Ann Guthrie, Truman Madison Guthrie
MoviesWhat's Eating Gilbert Grape, Wolf Girl
Star SignSagittarius
1Her weight
1I 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. DC - referring to her acclaimed work in the film "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?"
2I 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 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.
1In 1992 she received her high school diploma via correspondence courses and emerged from her house after a five-year period of reclusion.
2In 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.
3Grew up in the panhandle town of Dumas, Texas, 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.
4Has since done children's school seminars on weight and self-esteem.
5Had her stomach stapled (gastroplasty) in 1981 when she weighed 410 pounds and lost 100 pounds, but eventually gained back more up to 550 pounds. She has had two very close friends die of complications from weight-loss surgery.
6Author and screenwriter Peter Hedges saw a tape of Darlene on the segment of Sally Jessy Raphael (1985) 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.
7The 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 living on the outskirts of Dallas, Texas.
8After 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.
9Has one daughter, Sheri Ann (b. January 1966), and two sons: Mark (b. October 1967) and Chris (b. 1971)
10Lost 244 pounds in 2012 bringing her weight from 575 pounds to 331 pounds.


Wolf Girl2001TV MovieAthena the Fat Lady
Touched by an Angel1996TV SeriesClaudia Bell
Picket Fences1994TV SeriesSophie Wallace
What's Eating Gilbert Grape1993Bonnie Grape


The Word1994TV SeriesHerself

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No Small Parts2015TV Series documentaryHerself

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