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'Two Fat Ladies' chef Clarissa Dickson Wright dies at 66
MSN/TV Guide ^ | 03/17/204 | Liz Raftery

Posted on 03/17/2014 6:55:46 PM PDT by jocon307

Clarissa Dickson Wright, one of the chefs on the BBC's "Two Fat Ladies," died Saturday in Edinburgh, Scotland, BBC News reports. She was 66. A cause of death was not disclosed.

"Two Fat Ladies" featured Wright and Jennifer Paterson (who died of cancer in 1999) traveling around Great Britain on a motorbike and highlighting regional dishes.

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TOPICS: Food; Hobbies; TV/Movies; Travel
KEYWORDS: cooking; obituary; tvchefs; twofatladies
RIP to the second of the fat ladies to leave us. I always enjoyed that show. They enjoyed life and food and made no apologies for it.

I'm surprised she was so young; there's more surprising stuff at the link. Some good, some not so good. The article is very brief, but excerpting required per the link bot.

1 posted on 03/17/2014 6:55:46 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: jocon307

I always enjoyed that show, though I never saw that many episodes.


2 posted on 03/17/2014 6:59:41 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: jocon307

I liked them.

They were kind of pioneers in world of cable TV chefs.


3 posted on 03/17/2014 7:02:37 PM PDT by logitech (It is time.)
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To: jocon307

Noooooooooo!


4 posted on 03/17/2014 7:03:13 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: jocon307

RIP Clarissa.

She and Jennifer Paterson had a fun and educating show. No, they weren’t “much to look at” by our standards, but they lived and enjoyed life, by gawd. As we all should. I loved how they’d end a show at some prep school or dairy farm by drinking a martini and having a smoke.


5 posted on 03/17/2014 7:03:49 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: jocon307

RIP.


6 posted on 03/17/2014 7:19:40 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: workerbee

I used to love that show.


7 posted on 03/17/2014 7:24:30 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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Full name:

Clarissa Theresa Philomena Aileen Mary Josephine Agnes Elsie Trilby Louise Esmerelda Dickson Wright

8 posted on 03/17/2014 7:26:09 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: jocon307
Born in London, Wright studied law and became the country's youngest barrister at age 21. In her later years, she struggled with alcoholism, was eventually disbarred and became homeless in the early 1980s.

After attending a recovery program, Wright and Paterson were approached by a TV producer about making a series. "Two Fat Ladies" premiered on BBC Two in 1996 and ended after Paterson's death in 1999.

What a story.


Paterson(L), Wright(R)

9 posted on 03/17/2014 7:32:55 PM PDT by iowamark (I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy)
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To: jocon307

Sad to hear of her passing. RIP. They introduced me to bubble and squeak and loved their ‘streaky bacon’ references. A classy pair of birds.


10 posted on 03/17/2014 7:40:16 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: jocon307; All

Quintessentially British to the core which is why I loved them.

Delia Smith and Nigella couldn’t hold a candle to TFL.


11 posted on 03/17/2014 7:43:21 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

When it comes to British cooking shows you can’t beat this.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x8z94e_benny-hill-fun-in-the-kitchen-hq-or_shortfilms


12 posted on 03/17/2014 7:49:03 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: jocon307

One of my favorite cooking shows. I certainly will miss the lady.


13 posted on 03/17/2014 7:53:52 PM PDT by Nifster
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They were they embodiment of joie de vivre. Delightful creatures of cuisine!

I loved the fact that they seemed to operate with a: *what you see is what you get* attitude. They were pre-cursors of that most overused word *passion*. No one else could make me want to try to make Bubble and Squeak with lard!

RIP Clarissa and Jennifer...ya done good.


14 posted on 03/17/2014 7:57:08 PM PDT by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: Daffynition

...”Joie de Vivre”...


15 posted on 03/17/2014 8:02:41 PM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: iowamark
Sorry I duplicated your image mark....it's such a memorable one of those two delightful ladies!

A Giada, they were not...beautiful in their own way.


16 posted on 03/17/2014 8:03:35 PM PDT by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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Oh no! I could never bring myself to make anything they made, but they were a delight to watch.

Fans might like this series on YT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SFoym7HfWQ Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. It’s about why we eat (or at least the Brits, but some of it goes for us as well) what we do, when we do.


17 posted on 03/17/2014 8:17:54 PM PDT by radiohead
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To: Liberty Valance

And didn’t that bacon look great! We can’t get that kind of meaty stuff in these here parts. The spin-off Cooking Channel had their show on a year or so ago. It was the highlight of my Saturday nights, so that should tell you something about my life.....


18 posted on 03/17/2014 8:42:12 PM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: Daffynition

I loved them too. They seemed so cool, and they made cooking seem fun, I wanted to try their dishes. RIP.


19 posted on 03/17/2014 8:42:33 PM PDT by Gefn (All good kitties go to the Rainbow Bridge; their humans can't stop crying)
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To: Gefn

From Jennifer Paterson: “Never throw away squeezed lemon, but keep them for the day by the sink. Then you can use them to remove fish, onion or garlic smells from your fingers. Or you can stick them on your elbows while you are reading a book, to soften and whiten your skin.”


20 posted on 03/17/2014 8:50:14 PM PDT by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: jocon307
Fat lady dies at 66 isn't surprising at all. She not only ATE badly, it's my read she exercised NOT AT ALL.

It's amazing she lasted that long. MEDS, I guess, for the fatties.

21 posted on 03/17/2014 9:15:48 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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66 is a good run in some circles.

Cheers!

22 posted on 03/17/2014 11:32:41 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: radiohead

They had a good sense of humor and did miracles with the junk that the British eat in the name of food.

If my cardiologist had ever watched that show, he would have had a heart attack, not me.

However, two nice ladies and they will be missed.

As to the one who didn’t like Nigella Lawson, come on. She’s cool, pretty and makes things that look yummy.


23 posted on 03/18/2014 12:25:12 AM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Liberty Valance

Cheers.


24 posted on 03/18/2014 6:12:36 AM PDT by cloudmountain
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To: Daffynition

I’m going to use this!

I’m also going to cut and paste and send it along as an email to my mother.
She won’t remember who the two fat ladies are, the only female chef she recalls is Julia Child, but it’s great advice.
Thank you!!!


25 posted on 03/18/2014 8:19:11 AM PDT by Gefn (All good kitties go to the Rainbow Bridge; their humans can't stop crying)
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To: Gefn
When my mom was living with us...she was a big fan of cooking shows; the TFL and Julia. Good times.


26 posted on 03/18/2014 9:47:38 AM PDT by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: jocon307

I saw that show a few times. It was great! RIP.


27 posted on 03/18/2014 9:48:42 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Daffynition

Julia was wonderful. She is missed.


28 posted on 03/18/2014 9:50:22 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: EveningStar

Oh my goodness that is quite a name!


29 posted on 03/18/2014 10:13:12 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Yes, agreed.


30 posted on 03/18/2014 10:14:06 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: Daffynition

Love those two women. Well-educated, well-spoken, witty and wise. I have all of Dickson’s books - including the hilarious memoirs “Spilling the Beans” and “Riffling through my Drawers.” There’s no one to take their place.


31 posted on 03/18/2014 7:51:52 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: cloudmountain

Boy, cloud, you are proving to be a real downer on every thread you’re on.

You obviously know nothing about this amazing lady who ate the greatest foods on earth and wrote some of the finest cookery books in English - particularly her one on roasts and carving. But then I own all her books and your glean what you know from God knows where.

She, by the way, was the first women in England who was admitted to the bar as a barrister. She survived childhood abuse and alcoholism to become one of the most beloved television presenters - with knowledge in many areas. She also was a Tory who fought political correction in all it’s forms.

RIP, Miss Dickson.


32 posted on 03/18/2014 8:00:16 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Daffynition

I too, enjoyed the show. Wonderfully endearing women, what a hoot it must have been to around them.


33 posted on 03/18/2014 8:17:53 PM PDT by notted
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