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Baby Boomer Celebrity Birthdays January 19

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Southern Chef Paula Deen


Baby Boomer Celebrity Birthdays January 19:

1947 (64) Paula Deen Southern Chef on TV Food Network

Deen resides in Savannah, Georgia, where she owns and operates The Lady & Sons restaurant with her sons, Jamie and Bobby Deen. She has also published five cookbooks. Though married in 2004 to Michael Anthony Groover,[1] she continues to use the surname Deen from her first marriage professionally.

Paula Deen was born in Albany, Georgia. As documented in the Food Network special Chefography and on her official Web site, both her parents died before she was 23 and an early marriage ended in divorce. Deen suffered from agoraphobia and would not leave her house. She relied on cooking to help deal with her condition. In 1986, she felt well enough to take a job as a bank teller. After that she and her sons moved to Savannah. In 1989, she divorced Jimmy Deen, to whom she had been married since 1965, and expanded her cooking experience into a catering service. She made sandwiches and other meals, which her sons Jamie and Bobby delivered. They now have the restaurant Lady & Sons restaurant in Savannah, Georgia.


The Bag Lady, as the business was named, was successful and soon outgrew her kitchen. On January 8, 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 the buffet, which may include sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, deep-fried Twinkies, fried chicken, cheesy meatloaf, greens, beans, and creamed corn. Every meal comes with a garlic cheese biscuit and one of Deen’s famous hoecakes. The restaurant is run by her sons when they are in town. The restaurant is a perennial favorite with tourists to Savannah.

Deen parlayed her fame into another restaurant, the “Paula Deen Buffet” at Harrah’s Tunica Casino in Tunica, Mississippi. The entrance facade of the restaurant, which opened in May 2008, is modeled on Deen’s home in Savannah and features Southern fare.

On September 1, 2009, Deen announced plans to unveil her own dessert line at Walmart featuring signature pies (Apple Crunch Top, Dark Rum Pecan, Old Fashioned Fudge and Gooey Butter Cake bars).

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 current agent, Artist’s Agency owner Barry Weiner. Elliott took her through the city for a series of Doorknock Dinners episodes. She also appeared on Ready, Set, Cook!. Deen was invited to shoot a pilot named Afternoon Tea in early 2001. The network liked it, and eventually gave Deen her own show, Paula’s Home Cooking, which premiered in November 2002. Paula’s Home Cooking was originally taped in Millbrook, New York at the home of Gordon Elliott, the show’s executive producer.

Deen mentioned in an interview aired 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. 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.

A televised biography of Deen was aired on an episode of the Food Network’s Chefography program, in March 2006.

In December 2007, Deen teamed with Cat Cora and faced Chefs Tyler Florence and Robert Irvine in battle Sugar on the holiday special of Iron Chef America. At the end Deen and Cora won.

Deen also helped Pat and Gina Neely get their first Food Network show, Down Home with the Neelys. During the summer of 2006, her sons, Bobby and Jamie Deen, featured the Neely’s Bar-B-Que Nashville location on their Food Network show Road Tasted. In September 2006, Paula ate at the Neely’s downtown Memphis restaurant and was impressed. In January 2007, the Neelys were invited to appear on Paula’s Party, which eventually led to the Down Home show. In July 2008, the Neelys would also take over Road Tasted from the Deen brothers.

In May 2008, Deen announced at the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show that she had signed a deal to host a talk show beginning in September 2009.

Grab A Paula Deen Cookbook or Cookware on Amazon.com Baby Boomer Celebrity Birthdays January 19

1946 (65) Dolly Parton Country singer songwriter and entrepreneur

1961 (50) Paul McCrane Actor TV was Dr. Romano on “ER”

1958 (53) Thomas Kinkade Christmas and landscape artist

1953 (58) Desi Arnez, Jr. Son of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez

1952 (59) Dewey Bunnell Part of 70s Group “America”

1949 (62) Robert Palmer Singer recorded “Addicted to Love”

In the category of I can’t believe they are that old:
1944 (67) Shelley Fabares Actress 50s and 60s tv show “The Donna Reed Show”

1942 (69) Michael Crawford Won acclaim in title role Broadways’ “Phantom of the Opera”

1939 (72) Phil Everly Singer half of the brother team “The Everly Brothers”

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