Darlene Cates!

Actress Darlene Cates got out of the house for the last time today, at the age of 69! Cates is best known for her role as the title character’s mother in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. The screenwriter first saw Cates on a daytime talk show episode tastefully titled “Too Heavy to Leave Their House,” and offered her a role in the film. Cates had a lifelong battle with her weight, dropping literally hundreds of pounds in recent years after numerous health issues. She also appeared in a number of short films and television shows, including Picket Fences and Touched by an Angel.

And the commissioner is on the move! My second death in the past week slides me up to third overall, with 41 points on my five-year team member Cates. It’s been a slower start than in recent years for the commish, but judging by recent results, I may still have a competitive squad after all.

Replacement pick due by next Tuesday!


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