‘What’s Eating Gilbert Grape’ Star Darlene Cates Dies at 69

203 days ago | Variety - Film News

Darlene Cates, known for playing the mother in “What's Eating Gilbert Grape,” has died. She was 69.

Cates’ daughter, Sheri Cates Morgan, announced in a Facebook post that her mother died “peacefully in her sleep” on Sunday morning.

“We take comfort in knowing that she is no longer in pain and is in the arms of our Heavenly Father, breaking away only to dance with our Savior, Jesus,” the daughter wrote. “(Dancing was something she talked about loving to do ‘back in the day’!)”

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What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)


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