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Transcript of Paula Deen
on January 19, 1947 in Albany Georgia. Paula Deen is still living. She married her first husband, Jimmy Deen, after
graduating from Albany High School in 1965. Her parents both died by the time she was 23,
and a resultant fear of death led to chronic agoraphobia, a fear of public places. She would not leave her house, and relied on cooking to help deal with her condition. In 1986, she felt okay enough to take a job as a bank teller. She was robbed at gunpoint the next year. She divorced her first husband in 1989 shortly
after moving to Savannah. She was left with only
$200 and her two teenage sons. Soon afer moving to Savannah, she started a small catering company called The Bag Lady. She would make sandwiches and other meals, then her sons would deliver the food. Paula avoided going out herself because she suffered from agoraphobia. Paula believes this fear comes from an incident that happend during the bank robbery. Paula was able to overcome her agoraphobia with her constant contact with guests. In 1997, Paula self-published her first cookbook, The Lady & Sons Savannah Country Cooking. The book was noticed by a literary agent of a major publishing house, who happened to be dining in the restaurant to escape a thunderstorm.
Paula increased her success and national recognition by promoting her book on QVC, where it became one of the best selling cookbooks. She has since written three more cookbooks: The Lady & Sons, Too! : A Whole New Batch of Recipes from Savannah, The Lady & Sons Just Desserts, and Paula Deen & Friends: Living It Up, Southern Style. Paula began her relationship with the Food Network in 1999 when her friend introduced her to Gordon Elliot. Paula appeared on the show Doorknock Dinners where several episodes were filmed in Savannah. Paula also appeared on Ready, Set, Cook! and finally got her own show in 2003, Paula’s Home Cooking. Paula appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2002. Her appearance brought hundreds of letters from women who took control of their lives after watching Paula tell her story. Paula made her film debut in 2005 in Elizabethtown starring Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst. In the movie, she plays the aunt of Orlando’s character. Her cooking is heavily featured in the movie. In 2004, Paula married Michael Groover, a tugboat captain. Paula's Biography Paula's Famous Relatives The only famous relatives of Paula Deen
is her two sons, Jammie and Bobby, and her brother, Bubba, who also owns a resturant in Savannah. Paula Deen's MajorAchievement Paula's major achievement in her life is having nothing when she came to Savannah selling sandwiches out of her home to make money so she could put food on the table for her two boys, overcoming her fear of public places, and opening a very successful business, The Lady and Sons. The Bag Lady was successful and soon outgrew her kitchen. On January 8, 1996, Deen opened her own restaurant, The Lady & Sons, in downtown Savannah, on West Congress Street. Within a few years, the restaurant moved to a larger building in Savannah's historic district. Paula Deen's Impact On
American History Paula Deen not only impacted American History with her great success and her touching story, but she also impacted Savannah Georgia with the opening of her restaurant, The Lady and Sons, because it is one of Savannah’s biggest attractions.Tourists come from all over America to eat lunch and dinner at Paula’s restaurant.