Paula Deen is an American chef and TV personality known for her southern-style cooking. Her break came years before her widely popular shows on Food Network.
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She first gained recognition from the success of her catering company, The Bag Lady. The catering biz was so successful, she opened a restaurant, The Lady and Sons, with her sons.
Controversy came in 2013 when Deen admitted to using the N-word during a legal deposition.
She later acknowledged and apologized for the use of such offensive language.
Deen currently lives in Savannah, Ga.