April 21, 2021

Fannie Flagg: Author, Actress, Comedian

You may have heard the name Fannie Flagg, but did you know the actress, comedian and author was born Patricia Neal and had to come up with another name since there was already a famous actress with her birth name? Her career has been variety-filled, to say the least, including regular appearances on the 70’s TV show “Match Game,” roles in movies like “Five Easy Pieces” and “Grease,” a stint on Broadway in “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and 60’s/70’s comedy albums featuring skits on Lady Bird Johnson and Martha Mitchell.

On top of all that, she has also found the time to have a prolific writing career. Most notably known for her best-seller “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe” which was made into a 1991 movie, Flagg was nominated for an Academy Award for the screenplay adaptation of her book. “The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion,” her most recent novel, features sisters who not only ran an all-girls gas station while menfolk were away fighting, but who also became female World War II pilots known as WASPs.

Flagg’s novels have a breezy Southern charm interlaced with sometimes very serious topics like adoption, death and mental illness. Her other works of fiction include “Can’t Wait To Get to Heaven,” “I Still Dream About You,” “Standing In the Rainbow,” “Welcome to the World, Baby Girl,” “Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man” and “A Red Bird Christmas.” If Fannie Flagg’s writing could be described in food terms, her novels would not be considered entrees but delicious desserts.

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