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American Marie RUDISILL

born Edna Marie FAULK

Writer & television personality known as the "Fruitcake Lady"

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on March 13, 1911 in Monroeville, Monroe Co., Alabama, USA
Died: on November 03, 2006 in Hudson, Pasco Co., Florida, USA


Marie Rudisill (March 13, 1911 – November 3, 2006), also known as the Fruitcake Lady, was a writer and television personality, best known as the nonagenarian woman who appeared in the "Ask the Fruitcake Lady" segments on The Tonight Show on American television. She was an aunt to novelist Truman Capote (his mother, Lillie Mae Faulk, was her elder sister). Rudisill helped to raise Capote, who lived with her at times during his childhood, both in Alabama and New York City.

Rudisill was born Edna Marie Faulk in Monroeville, Alabama. Her first marriage, to a Japanese man in the 1930s, ended in divorce due to her family's disapproval. She later wrote, "I really loved that man. He was so talented and such a sweet wonderful person. And I would have been happier with him than I was with the man I married after that." She married James Rudisill in 1939. She wrote, "A man who drinks excessively, it's not a happy marriage. We loved each other, but we had our times." The couple had one son, James, and Rudisill had three grandchildren.

Rudisill authored eight books, including Fruitcake: Memories of Truman Capote & Sook. She was a resident of Florida.

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