Cates drops 250 pounds to return to acting
Darlene Cates, the actress who played the mother in the critically acclaimed 1993 film “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” is looking to re-enter the world of acting 250 pounds lighter.
In the “Grape” film Cates portrayed Bonnie, the severely obese and depressed mother of the characters played by Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio.
The character never left her house, and the same was mostly true of Cates. who at the time weighed 575 pounds.
She is still mostly confined to her bed but hopes to lose another 100 pounds and start acting again. To accomplish that task she is undergoing physical therapy and looking forward to finally being able to get out of bed and out of the house within the coming months.