Paula Deen
American cook, cooking show host, restaurateur, and author
Paula Deen
Paula Deen is an American cook, cooking show host, restaurateur, author, actress and Emmy Award-winning television personality. Deen resides in Savannah, Georgia, where she owns and operates The Lady & Sons restaurant with her sons, Jamie and Bobby Deen. She has published five cookbooks. Though married in 2004 to Michael Groover, she uses the surname Deen from her first marriage.
Biography
Paula Deen's personal information overview.
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WILD WEST NO.1
Huffington Post - about 1 month
S- get something out onto the paper, your spit maybe, or the rancid longing that has become a situational hazard, and a worm in the rose kind of virtuous shit-show which means a fuck ton to me and probably very little, if not nothing at all, to you. what a glorious day to support your brothers and sisters! ive got you feeling righteous, maybe we can do it in the dirt later. i feel like myself again, i feel my corpulent butter-fuck skin, and its sweet Paula Dean shit- but hell its still better than most. Im out in the wild wild west and im riding horses and learning to use a lasso. you always told me it was bullshit that horses can sense your nerves, but now I know that I'm right, and all the horses know is that im the boss and I'm quite good with a lasso, if not just a bit of an entitled bitch sometimes. it's time for action. finger-to-nose action if you ask some of my friends. ive been sneezing all week and the only one who's noticed is my fucking horse. i think it would be so ...
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Gooey Butter Cake Is Missouri's Mind-Blowing Dessert That You've Got To Try
Huffington Post - 4 months
A quick trip to the nearest respectable bakery usually cures our dessert cravings. But sometimes we discover a local treat so stellar, it’s worth any amount of travel to try a bite. Behold: St. Louis gooey butter cake from St. Louis, Missouri. The mind-blowing dessert is, at its most basic, a combination of butter, sugar and eggs layered over a chewy, cookie-like crust. Homemade renditions sometimes use cream cheese and/or boxed cake mix, while the original bakery version is said to require a few more ingredients. Either way, the result is a thin, sticky sheet cake with crackles on top and a warm, gooey filling that oozes as if it’s slightly undercooked in the BEST way possible. St. Louis legend goes that in the 1930s, a local German baker added too much butter to his coffee cake batter, stuck it in the oven, and sold the gooey result anyway. Some 80 years later, residents are still swooning over its warm, runny goodness. You can find authentic gooey butter cake in oodl ...
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Angelina Jolie Reportedly Hires Real-Life Olivia Pope To Handle Brad Pitt Divorce
Huffington Post - 6 months
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Paula Deen launches clothing line to cover ‘catfish belly’ arms and ‘front privates’
Fox News - 12 months
Deen wants women to feel comfortable in the kitchen and on-the-go.
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Why Does The GOP Want To Bomb Agrabah?
Huffington Post - over 1 year
A December, 2015 survey of Republicans voters by Public Policy Polling reads like pointless drivel about how many Republicans would vote for which Republicans a year from now. It's a little unbearable to even skim through. Face it, there are only so many times one can tolerate looking at the name Santorum in a 95 page document before pleading to be waterboarded. But there's a little relief from all of this around Question 38, to which most Republican respondents say they oppose Japanese internment camps. Cool. Then we find out, at Question 39, that 13% of Republicans are also against bombing Agrabah. Hmm. Only 13% don't want to bomb it? Wait. Agrabah? Where the hell is Agrabah? And how do these idiots who think Ben Carson would make a good president know what the hell Agrabah is? And why do they think we should bomb them? What's Agrabah done? Like one of those towns in Wales that has a name with no vowels and 43 letters, we had to find out a little more about Agrabah. Well, ...
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Week to Week News Quiz for 12/19/15
Huffington Post - over 1 year
The last real effort you'll have to put in before your Christmas break might as well be struggling to answer our latest Week to Week news quiz. Here are some random but real hints: Socialism means sharing; but don't share between companies; they kept each other company at the kid's table; and they are both huge fans of each other. Answers are below the quiz. 1. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign temporarily lost access to a national Democratic Party database after what happened? a. The candidate told NBC News that he had no plans to become a Democrat b. He refused to rule out a third-party run c. His poll numbers dropped below the margin of error in Iowa d. Several of his staffers accessed private data compiled by the Hillary Clinton campaign 2. Why was pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli taken into custody? a. He raised the price of a drug he controlled by more than 5,000% b. He was charged with securities fraud c. It was for his own safety after anti-pharma protestors ...
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Guy Fieri Tells GQ That Anthony Bourdain Has 'Issues'
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Anthony Bourdain, chef, author, television personality and fan of “bright orange mac ‘n’ cheese from the box,” openly has beef with plenty of food celebrities, including Sandra Lee, Rachael Ray and Paula Deen. Yet hell hath no fury like Bourdain’s disdain for Guy Fieri. Bourdain has taken plenty of jabs at Fieri over the years. He has described the "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" star with a penchant for frosted tips and shirts embellished with flames to something that would result “if Ed Hardy fucked a juggalo.” He's called Fieri’s 500-seat behemoth restaurant (complete with a gift shop) a “terror-dome.” He's even defended picking on the creator of “Donkey Sauce” and “Dragon's Breath Chili” by telling People, “the day you can’t tell jokes about Guy Fieri, comedy as we know it is dead.” Now, after years of Bourdain’s verbal venom, Fieri is finally firing back in a new interview with GQ: I don’t like him making fun of people, and I don’t like him talking shit. And he’s ne ...
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Blackface on Campuses: Yale and Mizzou
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Yale University's pristine ivy is in a bunch. All is not well in the hallowed halls of this academic haven. Controversy struck when an email was sent to students regarding Halloween costumes reminding that "poor decisions can be made including wearing feathered headdresses, turbans, wearing "war paint" or modifying skin tone or wearing blackface or redface. These same issues and examples of cultural appropriation and/or misrepresentation are increasingly surfacing with representations of Asians and Latinos." If you are an adult and work in the real world, this is similar to your orientation training where you were warned about inappropriate speech or conduct that could lead to allegations of sexual harassment. However, Erika Christakis, a faculty member and administrator of a residence hall, took a different stance. Ms. Christakis posited "whether blond toddlers should be barred from being dressed as African-American or Asian characters from Disney films." No one would be upset w ...
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'Dancing With the Stars' recap: 'Immunity Night' wasn't safe for Andy Grammer
LATimes - over 1 year
First off, "Immunity Night" had nothing to do with cold and flu season. Instead, it was a new wrinkle added by the "Dancing With the Stars" producers so we don't get bored with the ballroom now that serial flasher Paula Deen and disoriented philosopher Gary Busey are gone. What was it all about?...
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Relax About Ridiculously Good-Looking People Refusing Photoshop
Huffington Post - over 1 year
“Photoshop” has become synonymous with unrealistic body image, almost a metonym for the lack of body diversity in magazines and on billboards. Crucial parts of the female anatomy are cropped away using Photoshop, and we point our pitchforks, gasping, “This! This sloppy editing job is the entire problem!” That doesn’t not make sense. Photoshopping women’s bodies in ads or cover stories or Instagrams is dishonest. It usually involves taking an already insanely attractive celebrity and making her measurements even more unattainable for us mere humans. That’s obvious, but, like, 1) that’s not Photoshop’s entire purpose. Photoshop is also used to make mountains look more majestic and to create images of Paula Deen riding things. And 2) the more sinister, thigh-gap-shaving use of Photoshop is just a symptom of the disgusting, reductive, body-shaming, diversity-lacking nonsense that defines our culture. Blaming the whole thing on Photoshop is like saying, “I cannot believe ...
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Relax About Ridiculously Good-Looking People Refusing Photoshop
Huffington Post - over 1 year
“Photoshop” has become synonymous with unrealistic body image, almost a metonym for the lack of body diversity in magazines and on billboards. Crucial parts of the female anatomy are cropped away using Photoshop, and we point our pitchforks, gasping, “This! This sloppy editing job is the entire problem!” That doesn’t not make sense. Photoshopping women’s bodies in ads or cover stories or Instagrams is dishonest. It usually involves taking an already insanely attractive celebrity and making her measurements even more unattainable for us mere humans. That’s obvious, but, like, 1) that’s not Photoshop’s entire purpose. Photoshop is also used to make mountains look more majestic and to create images of Paula Deen riding things. And 2) the more sinister, thigh-gap-shaving use of Photoshop is just a symptom of the disgusting, reductive, body-shaming, diversity-lacking nonsense that defines our culture. Blaming the whole thing on Photoshop is like saying, “I cannot believe ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Paula Deen
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 69
    On January 25, 2016, the city of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina received an application for a building permit for a two-story Paula Deen's Family Kitchen, to replace the 20-year-old Carlos 'n Charlie's at Broadway at the Beach.
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  • 2015
    Age 68
    On April 27, 2015, Deen opened Paula Deen's Family Kitchen, her new restaurant and retail concept, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
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    On September 2, 2015, Deen was announced as one of the celebrities to compete on the 21st season of Dancing with the Stars.
    More Details Hide Details She was paired with professional dancer Louis van Amstel. The couple was eliminated in the sixth week of competition, finishing in 9th place overall.
    On March 11, 2015, it was announced that Deen had kicked off her "comeback" with the launch of the all-new Paula Deen Channel on Roku.
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  • 2014
    Age 67
    It was announced that on September 24, 2014 Paula will unveil her very own network.
    More Details Hide Details The network is said to be a full digital experience that lets users access Paula's southern cooking on computer, smartphones and tablets.
  • 2013
    Age 66
    There were echoes of the controversy in a 2013 episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, which told the fictional story of a southern TV chef, played by Cybill Shepherd.
    More Details Hide Details Former US President Jimmy Carter urged that Deen be forgiven, stating, "I think she has been punished, perhaps overly severely, for her honesty in admitting it and for the use of the word in the distant past. She's apologized profusely."
    In June 2013, Deen was the target of a lawsuit alleging racial and sexual discrimination filed by Lisa Jackson.
    More Details Hide Details It alleged that Deen made derogatory remarks regarding African Americans in the presence of Jackson, whose nieces are half black. Jackson also alleged that Deen mused about wedding plans for her brother with a "true Southern plantation-style theme" with black male servers but rejected the plans "because the media would be on me about that" (Deen denied having used the "N-word" when discussing the wedding waitstaff). The case was heard in August 2013, with the judge dismissing the suit with prejudice, meaning it cannot be re-filed. Both sides agreed to dismiss the lawsuit "without any award of costs or fees to any party". Deen stated in her deposition that she had used the "N-word" at times. Specifically, she recalled telling her husband about an incident "when a black man burst into the bank that I was working at and put a gun to my head.... I didn't feel real favorable towards him." Asked if she had used the word since then, she said: "I'm sure I have, but it's been a very long time maybe in repeating something that was said to me... probably a conversation between blacks. I don't – I don't know. But that's just not a word that we use as time has gone on. Things have changed since the 60's in the south."
    On June 21, 2013, due to a controversy regarding Deen's admission, during a deposition for a lawsuit, that she had used racial slurs in a social media post, The Food Network announced they will not renew her contract.
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    As of June 2013, the Paula Deen Buffet does not appear on Harrah's Tunica Casino's website list of restaurants.
    More Details Hide Details 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 St. Louis style Gooey Butter Cake bars. In addition to these, Deen co-owned Uncle Bubba's Oyster House in Savannah Georgia. It underwent an "abrupt closure" on April 4, 2014 with a spokesperson saying that there were discussions about development of the waterfront property.
  • 2012
    Age 65
    On January 17, 2012, Deen announced that she had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes three years before.
    More Details Hide Details It was also disclosed that Deen is a paid spokesperson for the Danish pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk. She was called a hypocrite for continuing to promote her high-fat and sugar diet while disclosing her medical condition only when it benefited her in representing the drug company to market their diabetes management program.
  • 2010
    Age 63
    In October 2010, she was selected as the Grand Marshal of the Tournament of Roses Parade, and presided over the 2011 Rose Parade before the Rose Bowl Game on January 1, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Deen has faced extensive criticism for the high amounts of fat, salt, and sugar in her recipes. She faced particularly strong objections with the release of Cookbook for the Lunch-Box Set, a cookbook aimed at children, with Barbara Walters saying of the book, "You tell kids to have cheesecake for breakfast. You tell them to have chocolate cake and meatloaf for lunch. And french fries. Doesn't it bother you that you're adding to this?" Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain commented in 2011 that he "would think twice before telling an already obese nation that it's OK to eat food that is killing us".
  • FIFTIES
  • 2007
    Age 60
    In June 2007, Deen won a Daytime Emmy Award (Outstanding Lifestyle Host) for Paula's Home Cooking.
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  • 2006
    Age 59
    A televised biography of Deen was aired on an episode of the Food Network's Chefography program, in March 2006.
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  • 2005
    Age 58
    According to the first of those episodes, actual production at her new Savannah home began in November 2005. Since then, Deen has been given two more Food Network shows, Paula's Party and Paula's Best Dishes. Paula's Party premiered on the Food Network in 2006 and Paula's Best Dishes debuted on June 8, 2008.
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  • 2004
    Age 57
    In 2004, Deen married Michael Groover (born 1956), a tugboat captain in the Port of Savannah, Georgia. Deen has two children from a previous marriage. The wedding was featured in a Food Network show in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Their wedding took place at Bethesda Academy in Savannah. Paula is a supporter of Bethesda Academy, and asked Old Savannah Tours to donate $1 to the organization for each ticket purchased for the Paula Deen Store ticket sale. In January 2012, she announced she has had type 2 diabetes for the last three years. Deen made her film debut in Elizabethtown (2005), starring Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst. She played the aunt of Bloom's character, and her cooking was featured. A Food Network special, Paula Goes Hollywood, aired in conjunction with the film's premiere. According to Variety, Deen will be joining the cast of ABC's hit show, which has been announcing new cast members in piecemeal fashion.
  • 2002
    Age 55
    The network liked it, and eventually gave Deen her own show, Paula's Home Cooking, which premiered in November 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Paula's Home Cooking was originally taped in Millbrook, New York at the home of Gordon Elliott, the show's executive producer. Deen mentioned on the March 13, 2006, edition of The Daily Buzz that the next batch of episodes of her show would be taped at her home in Savannah, Georgia.
  • 2001
    Age 54
    Deen was invited to shoot a pilot named Afternoon Tea in early 2001.
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  • 1999
    Age 52
    Deen's relationship with Food Network began in 1999, when her friend Erin Lewis introduced her to Gordon Elliott, who then introduced her to her then agent, Artist's Agency owner Barry Weiner.
    More Details Hide Details Elliott took her through the city for a series of Doorknock Dinners episodes. She also appeared on Ready, Set, Cook!
  • FORTIES
  • 1997
    Age 50
    In 1997, Deen self-published The Lady & Sons Savannah Country Cooking and The Lady & Sons Savannah Country Cooking 2.
    More Details Hide Details Both cookbooks featured traditional Southern recipes. She has since published two more, written with Martha Nesbit. Deen has appeared on QVC and on The Oprah Winfrey Show (first in 2002, twice in 2007 and once in 2010). Her life story is featured in Extraordinary Comebacks: 201 Inspiring Stories of Courage, Triumph, and Success (2007, Sourcebooks). In April 2007, Simon & Schuster published Deen's memoir, It Ain't All About the Cookin. She launched a lifestyle magazine called Cooking with Paula Deen in November 2005, which claimed a circulation of 7.5 million in March 2009.
  • 1996
    Age 49
    In January 1996, Deen opened her restaurant, The Lady & Sons, in downtown Savannah, on West Congress Street.
    More Details Hide Details Within a few years, the restaurant moved to the old White Hardware building on Whitaker. USA Today named The Lady & Sons the "International Meal of the Year" in 1999. The specialty is a buffet of Southern "comfort foods". Every buffet meal includes a salad bar and one dessert. Her sons are also involved in managing the restaurant, which is popular with tourists visiting Savannah. In 2008, Deen opened another restaurant, the Paula Deen Buffet, at Harrah's Tunica Casino in Tunica County, Mississippi. It has an entrance facade modeled on Deen's home in Savannah and features Southern cooking.
  • 1991
    Age 44
    Deen's home business, The Bag Lady, soon outgrew her kitchen. She first moved into the Best Western on Savannah's southside on Abercorn Street in 1991 with a restaurant called The Lady.
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  • 1989
    Age 42
    In 1989, she divorced her husband, Jimmy Deen, to whom she had been married since 1965.
    More Details Hide Details She was left with only $200 and money was tight raising both her kids and her younger brother, Earl ("Bubba"). She tried hanging wallpaper, working as a bank teller, and selling real estate and insurance. She then started a catering service, making sandwiches and meals, which her sons Jamie and Bobby delivered.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1947
    Age 0
    Born on January 19, 1947.
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