How many times have you watched What's eating Gilbert Grape and wondered what happened to Darlene Cates, the woman who played Johnny Depp's mother? At the time she filmed the movie Darlene weighed 575 pounds. Now she weighs 331 pounds and wants to lose another 100. That is so amazing. She told The Dallas Morning News that with the weight loss comes a desire for her to start acting again. Johnny Depp has remarked what a wonderful actress she is and she still has a letter from him telling her this.