Chef, Emmy-Award-winning television host, actress and author best known for her cooking shows on the Food Network.
She left her job as a bank teller and, with only $200 in her pocket, moved to Georgia to start a catering service.
She and her family established a Savannah, Georgia restaurant called The Lady & Sons.
She was married to Jimmy Deen from 1965 to 1989, then, in 2004, she married her second husband, Michael Groover. She has two sons, Jamie and Bobby.
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