FACS Career Assignment
By Lesley Paredes 5th period
- Paula Ann Hiers was born on January 19, 1947 in Albany, Georgia
- Grew up Baptist and is still as devoted to her religion as she was when she was younger.
- Her parents died before she was 23, and an early marriage ended in divorce. In her 20s, Deen suffered from panic attacks and agoraphobia. (extreme or irrational fear of crowded spaces or enclosed public places.)
- In 1989, she divorced her husband, Jimmy Deen, to whom she had been married since 1965. She was left with only $200 and money was tight raising both her kids and her younger brother, Earl
She learned the secrets of Southern cooking from her Grandmother some 30 years ago. She had no idea at the time that the love for Southern cooking her grandmother instilled in her would lead to a life-long career.
Newly divorced and with only $200 to her name, Paula packed up her two sons and moved from Albany, Ga., to Savannah. There she started her own catering business called The Bag Lady. Soon her business grew to big to the point where she decided to open up her first restaurant called Lady & Sons, which can still be available to go to today.
After much success, she decided to publish cookbooks. Soon she grabbed the attention of Gordon Elliot, who would then start her connection with the Food Network.