‘Two Fat Ladies’ TV Star Clarissa Dickson Wright Dies at 66
The last TV personality of Britain’s Two Fat Ladies has passed away.
At the age of 66 years old, Clarissa Dickson Wright died Saturday at Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary.
Her cause of death was said to be unknown.
Born on June 14, 1947 as Clarissa Theresa Philomena Aileen Mary Josephine Agnes Elsie Trilby Louise Esmeralda Dickson Wright, the TV star grew up in London.
According to CBS News, Dickson Wright dealt with alcoholism later in life during her career as an attorney. After recovering from alcoholism and leaving the legal profession, she became a caterer and ran a cookery bookstore.
BBC scouted her for the TV show series while she was working at the bookstore.
At the time, Dickson Wright said she had no professional experience in cooking, but she became a dynamic duo along with co-host Jennifer Paterson.
Here is a 1998 interview of the pair:
The international program became an immediate hit, showing the pair touring Britain in sidecars and on motorcycles. Dickson Wright and Paterson were mainly known for traveling to various locations to cook exotic meals and share culinary advice.
“She [Dickson Wright] was a force of nature and a true character, someone who knew how to tell a great story and had a fabulous sense of humor,” said show producer, Patricia Llewellyn.
The show came to an end, however, in 1999 when Paterson died from cancer at the age of 71.
The TV cook celebrity later released an autobiography in 2007 titled Spilling The Beans. She also appeared in other TV series.
Her agent, Heather Holden-Brown, told BBC News Monday, “Her fun and laughter, extraordinary learning and intelligence, will be missed always by so many of us. Loved dearly by her friends and many fans all over the world, Clarissa was utterly non-PC and fought for what she believed in, always, with no thought to her own personal cost.”
The clip below shows the pair cooking together:
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