Paula Deen

Chef, Restaurateur, Writer
A down-home entrant in America's new wave of celebrity chefs, Paula Deen parlayed her definitive Southern charm and irrepressible personality into a multimedia epicurean franchise joining the caliber of berfoodies ... Read more »
Born: 01/19/1947 in Albany, Georgia, USA

Filmography

Actor (10)

Celebrity Family Feud 2016 (Tv Show)

Contestant

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

MasterChef 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Top Chef 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2010 Miss USA Pageant 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Paula's Home Cooking 2002 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Host

Elizabethtown 2005 (Movie)

Aunt Dora (Actor)

Biography

A down-home entrant in America's new wave of celebrity chefs, Paula Deen parlayed her definitive Southern charm and irrepressible personality into a multimedia epicurean franchise joining the caliber of überfoodies Emeril Lagasse and Rachael Ray. A once-abandoned single mother who conquered crippling agoraphobia through her love of cooking, Deen leveraged her rich Southern cooking into a successful, regionally renowned restaurant. A self-admitted "cook" versus trained chef, the CEO of Paula Deen Enterprises expanded this renown into a multimedia empire, including cookbooks, a magazine, numerous shows on the Food Network cable channel and a syndicated daytime talk show for Warner Bros. What set Deen apart from all other culinary giants remained her homespun charm and her refusal to make heart-healthy any of her Southern friend delicacies, which in turn, delighted fans who appreciated her unorthodox, down-to-earth style of cooking. Despite her growing popularity, not everyone was as admiring of Deen's high-fat approach to dining, in particular fellow celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain who once called Deen "the worst, most dangerous person to America." Not surprisingly, when during a 2012 interview Deen admitted that she had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes some three years prior, the Grand Dame of Southern cooking found public sympathy to be in short supply. A home-spun heroine to some and an unrepentant hypocrite to others, Deen continued to whet the appetites of comfort food fans across the nation until the fallout from a lawsuit brought against Deen and her younger brother jeopardized her entire career in the summer of 2013.

Relationships

Jimmy Deen

Husband
Married when she was 18 years old they divorced after 27 years together father of her two sons

Bobby Deen

Son
Born April 28, 1970 father, Jimmy Deen co-runs the restaurant, The Lady & Sons, in Savannah, GA with his mother and brother with his brother, co-hosted the Food Network program, "Road Tasted" in 2006

Jamie Deen

Son
Born June, 29, 1967 father, Jimmy Deen co-runs the restaurant, The Lady & Sons, in Savannah, GA with his mother and brother with his brother, co-hosted the Food Network program, "Road Tasted" in 2006

Michael Groover

Husband
Married in 2004 wrote the book called, My Delicious Life with Paula Deen

EDUCATION

Albany High School

Albany , Georgia

Milestones

2008

Hosted the Food Network series "Paula's Best Dishes"

2006

Hosted the Food Network show "Paula's Party"

2005

Made her film debut in "Elizabethtown," playing Orlando Bloom's aunt

2002

Starred on her own show "Paula's Home Cooking" for the Food Network

1999

Began a collaboration with the Food Network by appearing in a series of "Doorknock Dinners" episodes; also appeared on "Ready, Set, Cook!"

1997

Self-published The Lady & Sons Savannah Country Cooking, a cookbook filled with all her own recipes

1996

Opened her own restaurant The Lady and Sons in downtown Savannah

Moved to Savannah, GA and started the catering service The Bag Lady

Bonus Trivia

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Paula Deen suffered from agoraphobia, a fear of public places, which resulted from being held at gunpoint during a bank robbery; Dean overcame her agoraphobia by interacting with customers in her restaurant.

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On May 5, 2010, her former housekeeper Mary Alice White was arrested after attempting to pawn an $18,000 pair of earrings from Deen’s Savannah, GA home. White was charged with theft by taking, a felony.

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In January 2012, Deen announced that she had Type 2 Diabetes. The TV personality also revealed she was diagnosed three years prior to her announcement.

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