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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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JCPenney -- Bye Bye Paula Deen

JCPenney
Bye Bye Paula

Paula Deen's officially the least popular kid on the playground ... JCPenney just severed ties with the celebrity chef in the wake of her n-word scandal.A rep for the department store released a… READ MORE >

Paula Deen -- That White Woman Suing Me Is Also Smearing Me!

Paula Deen
White Woman Suing Me Is Also Smearing Me!

Paula Deen has filed legal docs in the lawsuit that sent her career into a free fall -- claiming the woman who's suing her is trumping up racial allegations and now Paula is out for blood.Lisa… READ MORE >

- 764 days ago
Paula Deen -- Kmart and Sears Bailing Out Too

Paula Deen
Kmart & Sears Bailing Out Too

Paula Deen can't apologize enough to stop the bleeding -- Kmart and Sears are now cutting ties with her in the wake of the n-word controversy ... TMZ has learned.Sears Holdings -- owner of Sears… READ MORE >

- 765 days ago
Alec Baldwin Hates Lots of People ... But REALLY Hates Gays

Alec Baldwin
Hates Lots of People But REALLY Hates Gays

3:30 PM PT -- Alec just responded to all the homophobe allegations.Alec Baldwin -- who puts Paula Deen to shame in the bigotry department -- again showed his true colors with a hate-filled tirade… READ MORE >

- 765 days ago
Paula Deen -- Spineless QVC Folds ... Drops Deen (Sorta)

Paula Deen
Spineless QVC Folds ... Drops Deen (Sorta)

After waiting around to see which way the wind blew ... QVC -- like a lemming -- followed the rest of Paula Deen's partners and dropped the chef in the wake of the n-word scandal. Initially, QVC… READ MORE >

- 765 days ago
Paula Deen -- Target's Dropping Me Too!

Paula Deen
Target's Dropping Me Too!

Paula Deen's in the crosshairs at Target -- with the retail chain telling TMZ they will NOT continue to do business with the chef in the wake of her N-word scandal. FYI -- Target offers a variety… READ MORE >

- 765 days ago
Paula Deen -- Gets Sugar-Coated Boot From Diabetes Drug Company

Paula Deen
Gets Sugar-Coated Boot From Diabetes Drug Co.

Paula Deen's situation is so bad ... even diabetes is distancing itself from the crazy cook.TMZ has learned ... Paula and diabetes drug maker Novo Nordisk have parted ways ... at least for… READ MORE >

- 766 days ago
Paula Deen -- Dropped by Walmart

Paula Deen
Dropped by Walmart

Another one bites the dust ... Paula Deen has just been dropped by Walmart.The retail giant just released a statement, saying, "We are ending our relationship with Paula Deen Enterprises and we… READ MORE >

- 766 days ago
Paula Deen -- CASINO DEAL GOES BUST ... Caesars Kills Deal with Chef

Paula Deen
CASINO DEAL GOES BUST Caesars Kills Buffet Contract with Chef

Et tu, Caesars? The casino company just announced it will be KILLING its professional relationship with Paula Deen -- and will close all 4 of her restaurants that operate on its properties. FYI --… READ MORE >

- 767 days ago
Paula Deen Challenge:  Hit Me With a Rock And Kill Me

Paula Deen
Challenge: Hit Me With A Rock And Kill Me

Paula Deen defiantly, and tearfully, says she doesn't need to change when it comes to using offensive words, but young Black people do -- oh, and Jesse Jackson's got her back.Deen burst into tears… READ MORE >

- 767 days ago

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