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Fannie Flagg Fried Green Tomatoes Fannie Flagg the author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe has had an astounding life As a child she was named Patricia Neal and was a native to Birmingham Alabama She was born there in September of 1941 and was the daughter of a small business owner named William H Neal Even when Patricia was known lovingly as the peanut she was a bigger handful than an elephant She was an energetic and lively girl with a powerful imagination The author claims it spelled trouble or future writer Fannie Flaggs writing and show business career began in the fifth grade when she wrote produced directed and starred in a three-act comedy called The Whopee Girls which brought the audience to hysteria but got her expelled from school for using the word martini At age 19 Fannie began writing and producing TV specials and since then has appeared in more than 500 shows and in many motion picture and stage productions including Candid Camera The Dick Van Dyke Show The Love Boat and Grease Fannie Flagg as she later changed her name to was quite good at acting and comedy but when she decided to take up writing in her late thirties she never knew that her book would be such a success The novel received rave reviews high praise and gained more serious recognition by critics and the public eye overall Being so producer Jon Avnet turned it into a movie starring Mary Stuart Masterson There is a striking resemblance between Fannie Flaggs young life as Patricia Neal and her main character Idgie Threadgood Both young women grew up in the same area in Alabama with the same tenacity and vitality to their personality The book is almost like a biography of her younger life
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