Paula DEEN

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Television & Radio Host - American

AmericanBorn Paula Ann HIERS

American cook, cooking show host, restaurateur, author, actress and Emmy Award-winning television personality

Born on January 19, 1947 in Albany, Georgia, USA , United States (75 years)

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Deen was born in Albany, Georgia. Her parents died before she was 23, and an early marriage ended in divorce. In her 20s, Deen suffered from panic attacks and agoraphobia. She then focused on cooking for her family as something she could do without leaving her house. In 1986, she took a job as a bank teller, and later moved to Savannah with her sons. In 1989, she divorced Jimmy Deen, to whom she had been married since 1965, and started a catering service. She made sandwiches and meals, which her sons Jamie and Bobby delivered.

Lady & Sons restaurant in Savannah, Georgia.

She was left with only $200 and her two teenage sons.

Deen's home business, The Bag Lady, soon outgrew her kitchen. In January 1996 Deen opened her own restaurant, The Lady & Sons, in downtown Savannah, on West Congress Street. Within a few years, the restaurant moved to a larger building in Savannah's historic district. USA Today named The Lady & Sons the "International Meal of the Year," in 1999. The specialty is a buffet, which typically includes sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, deep-fried Twinkies, fried chicken, cheesy meatloaf, greens, beans, and creamed corn. Every meal is served with a garlic cheese biscuit and one of Deen's famous hoecakes. Her sons are also involved in managing the restaurant, which is popular with tourists to Savannah.

In 2008, Deen parlayed her fame into another restaurant, the "Paula Deen Buffet" at Harrah's Tunica Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. Its entrance facade is modeled on Deen's home in Savannah and features Southern fare.

In September 2009, Deen announced a new dessert line to be sold at Walmart including signature pies Apple Crunch Top, Dark Rum Pecan, Old Fashioned Fudge and Gooey Butter Cake bars.

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