Fannie Flagg

Actor, Novelist, Screenwriter
This red-haired stand-up comedienne and comedy actress honed her writing skills by creating her own original sketches, first as a determined contestant in the Miss Alabama contest (which she finally won on her sixth ... Read more »
Born: 09/20/1944 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Filmography

Actor (22)

Candid Camera 1997 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Crazy in Alabama 1999 (Movie)

Sally (Actor)

My Best Friend Is a Vampire 1988 (Movie)

Mrs Capello (Actor)

Candid Camera: The First 40 Years 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

George Burns Comedy Week 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

America's Junior Miss 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Harper Valley 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Harper Valley PTA 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Candid Camera 1974 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Grease 1978 (Movie)

Nurse Wilkins (Actor)

Rabbit Test 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

Stay Hungry 1976 (Movie)

Amy Walterson (Actor)

Home Cookin' 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy News 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Comedy News II 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The New Dick Van Dyke Show 1971 - 1973 (Tv Show)

Actor

Five Easy Pieces 1970 (Movie)

Stoney (Actor)

Some of My Best Friends Are... 1970 (Movie)

Helen/Mildred Pierce (Actor)

Candid Camera 1960 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Sex and the Married Woman (TV Show)

Actor

The Bobbie Gentry Special (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (2)

Fried Green Tomatoes 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dolly (TV Show)

Writer

Biography

This red-haired stand-up comedienne and comedy actress honed her writing skills by creating her own original sketches, first as a determined contestant in the Miss Alabama contest (which she finally won on her sixth attempt) and later in comedy clubs. In the 1960s, Fannie Flagg (born Patricia Neal) was hired as a writer for Allen Funt's "Candid Camera" and later became a regular performer on that show and its 1970s revival as well as on "The New Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS, 1971-73), as Van Dyke's manager and "Harper Valley P.T.A./Harper Valley" (NBC, 1981-82), as Barbara Eden's sidekick. She also appeared in the two-hour TV movie pilot for "Wonder Woman" (ABC, 1975) and was a constant presence on such TV game shows as "Password", "The Match Game" and "Liar's Club". Flagg made her film acting debut in "Five Easy Pieces" (1970), as the wife of Billy 'Green' Bush, and subsequently appeared in "Stay Hungry" (1975), "Rabbit Test" and "Grease" (both 1978).

Relationships

Marion Leona Neal

Mother

William Neal

Father

EDUCATION

studied with James Hatcher at the Town & Gown Theatre

University of Alabama in Birmingham

Birmingham , Alabama

Pittsburgh Playhouse

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania
attended on a scholarship

Milestones

1991

Screenwriting debut, "Fried Green Tomatoes", adapted from her novel; script co-written with Carol Sobieski; earned Oscar nomination

1987

Published second novel "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe"

1987

TV writing debut, the variety series "Dolly"

1981

Published first novel "Coming Attractions"

1980

Broadway debut, as Miss Mona in the musical "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"

1978

Had small role in feature film "Grease"

1975

Appeared in the ABC TV pilot "Home Cookin'

1969

Film acting debut, "Five Easy Pieces"

1966

New York stage debut in "Just For Openers" at the Upstairs at the Downstairs

Was a cast regular on the syndicated revival of "Candid Camera"

Played 'Mike' Preston on "The New Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS)

Hired by Allen Funt as a writer and later a cast regular for "Candid Camera" in the 1960s; moved to the West Coast with the show and stayed with it for five years

Played Cassie Bowman on the NBC sitcom "Harper Valley P.T.A./Harper Valley"

Entered the Miss Alabama contest as a teen, performing her own comedy material in the talent competition; took the crown after six attempts

Panelist on TV quiz show, "Liar's Club"

Stage debut as the maid in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" at the Town and Gown Theatre, Birmingham, AL

Made appearances as a panelist on TV quiz show, "Match Game"

Bonus Trivia

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Flagg won two first-place awards in fiction at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference.

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