Sally Jessy Raphael

1983, TV Show


Mom from What's Eating Gilbert Grape Has Lost 250 Pounds

Johnny Depp and Darlene Cates

Darlene Cates, who played the morbidly obese, bedridden mother of Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio in 1993's What's Eating Gilbert Grape, has lost nearly 250 pounds, and is hoping to start acting again, the Dallas Morning News reports.

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Premiered: October 17, 1983, on KSDK
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Premise: The Emmy-winning host with the familiar red-rimmed glasses interviewed guests and celebrities, and fielded questions from the audience. The series bowed as a local St. Louis show in 1983 and went national the next year, later moving its base to New York. It ran for a remarkable 19 years.


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