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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

Paula Deen -- Robe-Bust (PHOTO)

Paula Deen

Paula Deen's looking for all the support she can get on this season of "Dancing with the Stars." She's gonna need it. READ MORE >

Paula Deen -- 'DWTS' is Not a Reputation Resurrection (VIDEO)

Paula Deen
'DWTS' Is NOT a Reputation Resurrection

Paula Deen scoffed at the notion she was doing "Dancing with the Stars" to restore her reputation. Paula was in NYC, flanked by some pretty serious dudes, who clearly did not want her talking… READ MORE >

- 271 days ago
Paula Deen -- Axes Social Media Manager ... Nice Twitter Repost, Ya Twit!

Paula Deen
Axes Social Media Mgr ... Nice Twitter Repost, Ya Twit!

Paula Deen's hitting the delete button on her social media manager for re-posting an old photo of her son Bobby in "brown face" ... which naturally reminded everyone of Paula's racist… READ MORE >

- 328 days ago
Paula Deen -- Noel, Please! Bacon & Booze Holidaze

Paula Deen
Noel, Please! Bacon & Booze Holidaze

Paula Deen's hyping her new network with a Christmas-themed video that's dripping in syrupy sweet Southern charm. Also a ton of butter, and some bourbon for good measure. It's a whole scene with… READ MORE >

- 524 days ago
Paula Deen -- Family Catches Sugar High for the Holidays

Paula Deen & Family
Catching Sugar High for Holidays

It's not clear what the hell is happening in this Paula Deen Christmas promo ... but one thing is for sure ... she and the fam are happy as butter-soaked clams.Deen put out this video of her… READ MORE >

- 524 days ago
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 >

- 604 days ago
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 >

- 788 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 >

- 788 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 >

- 795 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 >

- 803 days ago

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