She became known on her behalf function as the obese, housebound mom in the film What’s Eating Gilbert Grape? She was discovered by Gilbert Grape movie director Peter Hedges while showing up on Sally Jessy Raphael. She acquired a lifelong have a problem with weight problems, weighing just as much as 550 pounds. She was created to Dorothy Ann and Truman Madison Guthrie. She wedded Robert Cates in 1963 plus they raised three children called Sheri Ann, Chris, and Tag Cates. She starred in the 1993 film What’s Consuming Gilbert Grape? alongside Johnny Depp.