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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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Black 'Next Food Network Star' -- Give Paula Deen a Break ... 'We Are All Human'

Black 'Next Food Network Star'
Give Paula a Break 'We Are All Human'

The chef who won Season 4 of "The Next Food Network Star" is coming out in defense of Paula Deen, saying she's been nothing but a friend to him throughout his career ... even though he's… READ MORE >

Rev. Al Sharpton -- Don't Judge Paula Deen for OLD Racist Comments

Rev. Al Sharpton
Don't Judge Paula Deen For OLD Racist Comments

Rev. Al Sharpton doesn't much care if Paula Deen used the n-word 27-years-ago ... he says it's more about whether she's still using it today. We asked Sharpton -- a renowned figure in the Civil… READ MORE >

- 494 days ago
Paula Deen May Also Go To Pot On QVC

Paula Deen
Going to Pot On QVC

If you're lookin' for Paula Deen's pots and pans, you better jump fast, because it looks like her shelf-life on QVC is about to expire.Deen -- who appears on the product-hawking network to pitch… READ MORE >

- 496 days ago
Kid 'n Play Rapper Chris Reed -- Forget Racism, Paula Deen's Food Is Destroying America

Kid 'n Play Rapper
Forget Racism Paula Deen's Food Is Destroying America

Disgraced chef Paula Deen has committed a far worse crime than using the N-word: she's committed MURDER ... of sorts ... according to Kid 'n Play rapper Chris Reed. Chris is surprisingly forgiving… READ MORE >

- 496 days ago
Paula Deen -- Food Network Blames Paula's Abysmal PR Team

Paula Deen
Food Network Blames Paula's Abysmal PR Team

Paula Deen's PR team botched her n-word apology so badly ... the Food Network had no choice but to fire her, sources close to the network tell TMZ.According to our sources, her management's clumsy… READ MORE >

- 496 days ago
Paula Deen -- You Be the Judge

Paula Deen
You Be the Judge

Paula Deen has been 86'd from the Food Network for confessing during a deposition that she used the N-word in 1986. So we gotta ask ... ` READ MORE >

- 496 days ago
Paula Deen -- Food Network Gives Her the Ax

Paula Deen
Food Network Gives Her THE AX

5:10 PM PT -- Paula has just released a statement, thanking the Food Network for 11 "great years." She said, "Because of the gift the Food Network gave me, I've had the pleasure of being allowed… READ MORE >

- 497 days ago
Paula Deen's Video Apology -- Take 2

Paula Deen
Video Apology Take 2

Paula Deen must have realized how insincere her first video apology was when she posted it several hours ago ... because she's decided to do it again, and this one is much better.Paula says in the… READ MORE >

- 497 days ago
Paula Deen's Ridiculous Video Apology for Using N-Word

Paula Deen
Ridiculous Apology For Using N-Word

1:00 PM PT -- FYI, Paula just yanked the video apology from her YouTube channel.Paula Deen continues to step in it, and we know part of the problem is that her team doesn't have a clue.She just… READ MORE >

- 497 days ago
Paula Deen's N-Word Excuse -- I'm Old

Paula Deen
My N-Word Excuse ... I'm Old

Paula Deen is using the "I'm from the South" excuse to justify her use of the N-word ... saying that when she grew up, dropping an N-bomb was no big deal because everyone was racist. Paula Deen… READ MORE >

- 498 days ago

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