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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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Dropped from Cooking Expo Ads Even Though She's Headlining

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Paula Deen's Husband -- WE'RE NOT BIGOTS ... Now Gimme Some Chick-fil-A

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- 342 days ago
Paula Deen Wins Racial Discrimination Lawsuit That Destroyed Her

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Wins Racial Lawsuit That Destroyed Her

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- 344 days ago
Laila Ali -- I'm Still In Paula Deen's Corner

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I'm Still In Paula Deen's Corner

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- 357 days ago
Paula Deen -- I Did NOT Dress Up Black Chef Like Aunt Jemima

Paula Deen
I Did NOT Dress Up Black Chef Like Aunt Jemima

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- 363 days ago
'Dancing With the Stars' Mark Ballas -- Producers Could Force Me to Tango With Paula Deen

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Producers Could Force Me to Tango With Paula Deen

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- 367 days ago
Stars and Scars -- You Be the Judge

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- 368 days ago
Paula Deen -- N-Word Will Stay Under Wraps

Paula Deen
N-Word Will Stay Under Wraps

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