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.
She starred opposite Orlando Bloom in the film Elizabethtown.