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Leonardo DiCaprio Pays Tribute to 'Gilbert Grape' Mom Darlene Cates After Her Death

Leonardo DiCaprio Pays Tribute to 'Gilbert Grape' Mom Darlene Cates After Her Death

Leonardo DiCaprio is speaking out after the death of actress Darlene Cates, who played his mom in the Oscar-nominated film What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?

The film was released in 1993 and earned Leo his first Oscar nomination. Darlene passed away over the weekend at the age of 69.

Leo took to his Facebook account on Tuesday (March 28) to release a statement in which he paid tribute to Darlene.

Click inside to read the statement…

Darlene was the best acting mom I ever had the privilege of working alongside. Her endearing personality and incredible talent will live on in the memories of those who knew her, and those who loved her work. My thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time,” Leo said.

We are sending our thoughts and condolences to Darlene‘s loved ones during this difficult time as well.

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  • (S)

    Very sweet of Leo to pay tribute to Darlene Cates in this way! Gilbert Grape is always going to reign in my book not only for Mrs. Cate’s and Leo’s performances but also because some scenes from the movie were filmed in my city.

  • leoandtheblondes

    Very touching; wonderful of JJ to create a thread on this.

  • Surfgirl

    I can’t believe all of these young stars dying this year

  • Emmy Snow

    I swear to god she died years ago.

  • Dis gonna be gud

    Aw :( She was so good and heartbreaking in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. RIP

  • (S)

    Vinny posted from NYC today. Great news about Shades of Blue being renewed for a 3rd season…hope his character lasts.

  • also…

    RIP. Something Leo wrote in a note to Darlene after making the movie:

    “I’m not really the best in expressing my words in writing but you are the most special person I have ever [met]. I’ll always remember you as the best acting mamma I ever had. You triumphed in your role.”

  • also…

    From BZ:

    FRANKLIN VANDERBILT‏ @FVanderbiltdrum
    I just walked past @LeoDiCaprio & @NinaAgdal in NYC. too cool…

  • Sara

    Well clearly she didn’t. What an incredibly odd comment.

  • Tara 💜

    link?

  • Tara 💜

    What do you consider young?

  • Surfgirl

    anything younger than 80

  • leoandtheblondes

    OT: Not sure if anyone else has noticed this but all the comments in the pre-November 2014 Just Jared Leo threads have been scrubbed. 🤔 Wonder what the point of that is; perhaps I’m late to the party if this has already been discussed.

  • Tara 💜

    oh, lots of youngsters (youngstars) died this year?

  • newbie

    Inseparable again. He returned to New York with her after her birthday trip.

  • Miss Plum

    Very sweet

  • Tara 💜

    Leo went from 12 yo straight to 35.

  • Miss Plum

    What happened to that sweet boy in those years

  • Tara 💜

    Blood diamonds…

  • Surfgirl

    Well Vinny is in ny too

  • Surfgirl

    Well Vinny is in ny too

  • Surfgirl

    Well Vinny is in ny too

  • Surfgirl

    Well Vinny is in ny too

  • Surfgirl

    Well Vinny is in ny too

  • pppf

    I tried to watch his show the other day. I couldn’t get into it. It was a scene between Ray Liotta and Jennifer Lopez. It comes on Sunday nights? Tough night, lots of good shows.

  • pppf

    I tried to watch his show the other day. I couldn’t get into it. It was a scene between Ray Liotta and Jennifer Lopez. It comes on Sunday nights? Tough night, lots of good shows.

  • pppf

    They had to “hitch a ride” home. I guess Nina’s private plane was going to New York so Leo and Vinny weren’t left with any options. lol

  • pppf

    They had to “hitch a ride” home. I guess Nina’s private plane was going to New York so Leo and Vinny weren’t left with any options. lol

  • Surfgirl

    OB is back home getting a hair cut with his son. I wonder who they hitched a ride with lol

  • Surfgirl

    OB is back home getting a hair cut with his son. I wonder who they hitched a ride with lol

  • pppf

    OB is on his own. He probably left the way he came.

  • Zzzzzz

    Hi ladies!
    So very sorry to hear about the passing of Darlene Cates. She was the most incredible mom in a truly unforgettable movie. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. R.I.P. :(

  • Rosacbrown

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  • Rosacbrown

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    On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
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  • Miss Plum

    Ray Liotta is excellent in it!!!

  • leoandtheblondes

    Yes, this seems to be outlasting some folks’ expectations. One more month to the one-year anniversary. Perhaps he’ll grow tired of swapping one out for another soon. Not sure why some want it to end; she would just be replaced with a clone. He might as well keep the one he got. Just my two cents.

  • newbie

    I don’t like her. He will get another one but at least it won’t be Nina.

  • newbie

    Vinnie wasn’t mentioned in the tweet only Leo and Nina

  • Maria Pierre

    From bz:
    Sophie Stone @SophieKPStone
    if i drop dead today,id be OK with it,bc i was at a bar next to leonardo dicaprio last night,and what else is there to live for ????

  • Dream Girl

    Since aging becomes more noticeable after 35.

  • Maria Pierre

    Lucy @lucy_lamanna

    Would like the world to know I was just in the same club as Leonardo DiCaprio

  • Soleus

    Clubbing right after an old friend passes away…

  • leoandtheblondes

    At what age does clubbing get old? Also, this girl is a freshman? It says TCNJ class of 2020 on her profile meaning she started fall 2016. So either this is an under 21 club or she’s too young to be there.

  • Still Together

    Old friend?

  • pppf

    He’s Peter Pan. He never gets old. Or he thinks he never gets old.

  • pppf

    Thanks Maria. I checked this girls twitter. Her friend asked if she met/talked to him. She said he was “squad deep” so she just stared at him for an hour. lol

  • pppf

    I love Ray Liotta. I actually met him once. He looks like he has aged a lot though. If it comes on Sunday, which I think it does, that is a tough night. I love The Walking Dead, and have gotten into Big Little Lies on HBO. Two of my favorite shows. Season finale for TWD is this Sunday and finale for Big Little Lies this Sunday too.

  • Soleus

    darlene cates

  • Miss Plum

    I love all these shows too! Can’t wait for TWD and BLL finales!!

  • pppf

    I know. This Sunday is going to be good. I didn’t think I would like BLL, but I love it. Reese Witherspoon is so good in it.