22 Facts About Paula Deen

1.

Paula Deen was 19 when her father died unexpectedly aged 40, and her mother died four years later aged 44.

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Paula Deen's cooking style had been informed by her grandmother Irene Paul, who had taught her the art of Southern cooking that Paula Deen described as “real farmhouse cooking, the kind that takes all day”.

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3.

Paula Deen opened four casino buffets; they were at Harrah's Casino Tunica in Mississippi, Harrah's Cherokee casino in North Carolina, Horseshoe Southern Indiana, and Harrah's Joliet in Illinois.

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4.

Paula Deen's has since published two more, written with Martha Nesbit.

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5.

Paula Deen's launched a lifestyle magazine called Cooking with Paula Deen in November 2005, which claimed a circulation of 7.

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6.

In 2015, Paula Deen Ventures signed a distribution agreement with Hachette Client Services for future cookbooks.

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7.

Paula Deen was invited to shoot a pilot named Afternoon Tea in early 2001.

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8.

Paula Deen's Party premiered on the Food Network in 2006 and Paula Deen's Best Dishes debuted in June 2008.

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9.

In September 2015, Paula Deen was announced as one of the celebrities to compete on the 21st season of Dancing with the Stars.

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10.

Paula Deen's was paired with professional dancer Louis van Amstel.

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11.

In October 2016, Deen launched a syndicated television show, Positively Paula.

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12.

Paula Deen appears on the home shopping network ShopHQ selling a variety of merchandise including kitchen appliances and food products.

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13.

In 2004, Paula Deen married Michael Groover was born on 1956, and a tugboat captain in the Port of Savannah, Georgia.

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14.

Paula Deen has two children from a previous marriage, as does Groover.

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15.

Paula Deen made her film debut in Elizabethtown, starring Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst.

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16.

Paula Deen's played the aunt of Bloom's character, and her cooking was featured.

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17.

Paula Deen was criticized for her use of sugar by Christina Pirello, a "natural food" advocate and television chef.

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18.

Paula Deen became a paid spokesperson for the Danish pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk, which produces drugs for that disease.

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19.

Jackson said that Paula Deen made derogatory remarks regarding African Americans.

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20.

Jackson said that Paula Deen mused about wedding plans for her brother with a "true Southern plantation-style theme" with black male servers but rejected the plans "because the media would be on me about that".

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21.

Paula Deen stated in her deposition that she had “of course” used the "N-word" at times.

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22.

In July 2015, Deen faced controversy over a Halloween picture from 2011 in which Paula was dressed as Lucy Ricardo played by Lucille Ball while her son Bobby was dressed as Lucy's Cuban husband Ricky Ricardo, played by Desi Arnaz, in blackface makeup, along with Gordon Elliott who was not in costume.

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