Darlene Cates

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Darlene Cates
Born Rita Darlene Guthrie
(1947-12-13)December 13, 1947
Borger, Texas, U.S.
Died March 26, 2017(2017-03-26) (aged 69)
Forney, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1993–2017
Spouse(s) Robert Cates (m. 1963)

Darlene Cates (Rita Darlene Guthrie; December 13, 1947 – March 26, 2017) was an American actress. She was best known for her role in the 1993 movie What's Eating Gilbert Grape, in which she played the obese housebound mother Bonnie Grapes.

Cates died in her sleep from a suspected heart attack at age 69 on March 26, 2017 in Forney, Texas.[1][2]

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