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Also Known As: Patricia Neal Died:
Born: September 21, 1944 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Birmingham, Alabama, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, novelist

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This red-haired stand-up comedienne and comedy actress honed her writing skills by creating her own original sketches, first as a determined contestant in the Miss Alabama contest (which she finally won on her sixth attempt) and later in comedy clubs. In the 1960s, Fannie Flagg (born Patricia Neal) was hired as a writer for Allen Funt's "Candid Camera" and later became a regular performer on that show and its 1970s revival as well as on "The New Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS, 1971-73), as Van Dyke's manager and "Harper Valley P.T.A./Harper Valley" (NBC, 1981-82), as Barbara Eden's sidekick. She also appeared in the two-hour TV movie pilot for "Wonder Woman" (ABC, 1975) and was a constant presence on such TV game shows as "Password," "The Match Game" and "Liar's Club." Flagg made her film acting debut in "Five Easy Pieces" (1970), as the wife of Billy 'Green' Bush, and subsequently appeared in "Stay Hungry" (1975), "Rabbit Test" and "Grease" (both 1978). Having begun her career as a novelist with "Coming Attractions" (1981), Flagg wrote the popular "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe," published in 1987. In 1991, with the collaboration of screenwriter Carol Sobieski, she turned the novel into...

This red-haired stand-up comedienne and comedy actress honed her writing skills by creating her own original sketches, first as a determined contestant in the Miss Alabama contest (which she finally won on her sixth attempt) and later in comedy clubs. In the 1960s, Fannie Flagg (born Patricia Neal) was hired as a writer for Allen Funt's "Candid Camera" and later became a regular performer on that show and its 1970s revival as well as on "The New Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS, 1971-73), as Van Dyke's manager and "Harper Valley P.T.A./Harper Valley" (NBC, 1981-82), as Barbara Eden's sidekick. She also appeared in the two-hour TV movie pilot for "Wonder Woman" (ABC, 1975) and was a constant presence on such TV game shows as "Password," "The Match Game" and "Liar's Club." Flagg made her film acting debut in "Five Easy Pieces" (1970), as the wife of Billy 'Green' Bush, and subsequently appeared in "Stay Hungry" (1975), "Rabbit Test" and "Grease" (both 1978).

Having begun her career as a novelist with "Coming Attractions" (1981), Flagg wrote the popular "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe," published in 1987. In 1991, with the collaboration of screenwriter Carol Sobieski, she turned the novel into the film "Fried Green Tomatoes." A gently feminist portrait of two women growing up in the Depression-era rural South, the film (which excised the lesbian content of the book) was a huge popular hit and netted Flagg an Oscar nomination for her screenwriting debut. Her TV writing resumed in 1987 when her own Southern background helped Flagg write material for Dolly Parton's ABC variety series "Dolly."

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Crazy in Alabama (1999) Sally
2.
 My Best Friend Is A Vampire (1988) Mrs Capello
3.
 Grease (1978) Nurse Wilkins
4.
 Rabbit Test (1978)
5.
 Sex and the Married Woman (1977) Virginia Ladysmith
6.
 Stay Hungry (1976) Amy Walterson
7.
8.
 Some of My Best Friends Are. . . (1971) Helen "Mildred Pierce"
9.
 Five Easy Pieces (1970) Stoney
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Entered the Miss Alabama contest as a teen, performing her own comedy material in the talent competition; took the crown after six attempts
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Stage debut as the maid in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" at the Town and Gown Theatre, Birmingham, AL
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Hired by Allen Funt as a writer and later a cast regular for "Candid Camera" in the 1960s; moved to the West Coast with the show and stayed with it for five years
1966:
New York stage debut in "Just For Openers" at the Upstairs at the Downstairs
1970:
Film acting debut, "Five Easy Pieces"
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Played 'Mike' Preston on "The New Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS)
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Was a cast regular on the syndicated revival of "Candid Camera"
1975:
Appeared in the ABC TV pilot "Home Cookin'
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Made appearances as a panelist on TV quiz show, "Match Game"
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Panelist on TV quiz show, "Liar's Club"
1978:
Had small role in feature film "Grease"
1980:
Broadway debut, as Miss Mona in the musical "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"
1981:
Published first novel "Coming Attractions"
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Played Cassie Bowman on the NBC sitcom "Harper Valley P.T.A./Harper Valley"
1987:
Published second novel "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe"
1987:
TV writing debut, the variety series "Dolly"
1991:
Screenwriting debut, "Fried Green Tomatoes", adapted from her novel; script co-written with Carol Sobieski; earned Oscar nomination
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Education

University of Alabama in Birmingham: Birmingham , Alabama -
Pittsburgh Playhouse: Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania -

Notes

Flagg won two first-place awards in fiction at the Santa Barbara Writers Conference.

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father:
William Neal. Artist.
mother:
Marion Leona Neal.

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"Coming Attractions: A Wonderful Novel" G.K. Hall & Co.
"Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe" Random House
"Fannie Flagg's Original Whistle Stop Cafe Cookbook: Featuring Fried Green Tomatoes, Southern Barbecue, Banana Split Cake and Many Other Great Recipes" Fawcett Books
"Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!" Random House
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