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Paula Deen

Paula Hiers Deen (born January 19, 1947) 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. Deen was born Paula Hiers in Albany, Georgia, the daughter of Corrie A. (née Paul) and Earl Wayne Hiers, Sr. 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. Her grandmother Irene Paul had taught her the hand-me-down art of Southern cooking; one of the only places she felt safe was at her own stove, making thousands of pots of chicken and dumplings. She later moved to Savannah, Georgia, with her sons. In 1989, she divorced her husband, Jimmy Deen, to whom she had been married since 1965. She was left with only $200 and money was tight raising both her kids and her younger brother, Earl

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Paula Deen -- Receives Black Guy Seal of Approval

Paula Deen
Receives Black Guy Seal of Approval

Paula Deen finally got her hood pass re-instated ... so declares one African American photog -- a self-appointed ambassador for his race.Deen strolled through LAX Friday evening and was real… READ MORE >

Paula Deen Restaurant Closes -- Sorry We Screwed You Over, But Here's Our Card!

Paula Deen Restaurant
Sorry We Screwed You Over ... But Here's Our Card!

The employees at Uncle Bubba's Seafood & Oyster House weren't sent packing empty-handed ... TMZ has learned they were given a business card and a list of restaurants in the area that are… READ MORE >

- 210 days ago
Paula Deen Restaurant Closes -- Eatery At Center Of Racism Scandal Shuts Down

Paula Deen
Restaurant at Center of Racism Scandal Shuts Down

Uncle Bubba's Seafood & Oyster House -- the place where Paula Deen's empire crumbled -- just closed for good, and the way employees found out is just shocking.The company did NOT tell its… READ MORE >

- 210 days ago
Dominique Wilkins -- I'm Taking Paula Deen's Diabetes Spokesperson Gig

Dominique Wilkins
Taking Paula Deen's Spokesperson Gig

Paula Deen's loss is Dominique Wilkins' gain ... the NBA legend is the new spokesperson for the diabetes medication that dumped Deen last year -- and he tells TMZ Sports he's focusing on educating… READ MORE >

- 217 days ago
DJ Paul -- I'm Still Cool with Paula Deen ... And I'd Give Rachael Ray My Sweet Meat

DJ Paul
I'm Cool with Paula Deen ... And I'd Give Rachael Ray My Sweet Meat

Paula Deen can drop all the n-bombs she wants ... DJ Paul is still down with the celebrity chef, and says he'd love to get in the kitchen with her today.The Three 6 Mafia rapper -- slash chef… READ MORE >

- 226 days ago
Paula Deen -- I'm Just Like That Gay Black Football Player

Paula Deen
I'm Just Like That Gay Black Football Player

Paula Deen has an odd way of proving she's not a racist -- she just dropped a metaphor ... comparing her n-word scandal to "that black football player who recently came out" ... aka NFL prospect… READ MORE >

- 245 days ago
Paula Deen -- Riding Dolly Parton's Coattails to Cook Up New Restaurant

Paula Deen
Riding Dolly Parton's Coattails to Cook Up New Restaurant

Paula Deen's hitching her wagon to Dolly Parton to try to bury her n-word scandal ... forging ahead with a new restaurant right next to Dolly's amusement park.Paula Deen's Family… READ MORE >

- 246 days ago
Paula Deen Scores $75 MILLION For Huge Comeback

Paula Deen
$75 MIllion For Huge Comeback

Paula Deen -- like the Phoenix -- is rising again ... thanks to a $75 MILLION infusion of cash from a Phoenix-based investment company that could put Paula's wares in the back pocket of airplane… READ MORE >

- 260 days ago
Paula Deen -- Extortionist Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison

Paula Deen
Extortionist Sentenced 2 Years in Prison

The man who allegedly attempted to extort $250,000 from Paula Deen has just been sentenced to 2 years in prison, TMZ has learned.As we reported, a man named Thomas Paculis contacted Deen's… READ MORE >

- 409 days ago
Paula Deen -- I Don't Need a Comeback ... 'I Never Went Anywhere'

Paula Deen
I Don't Need a Comeback 'I Never Went Anywhere'

Paula Deen is choosing to ignore her epic fall from grace -- telling TMZ, she doesn't need to make a comeback after her n-word scandal ... because she "never went anywhere."Fact is ... Paula's… READ MORE >

- 411 days ago

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