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Born on September 21, 1941, in Birmingham, Alabama, and named Patricia Neal, Fannie Flagg attended the University of Alabama, the Pittsburgh Playhouse, and the Town and Gown Theatre. Although she is best known as a novelist and screenwriter, she began her career in Birmingham, in 1964. She was an mostrar mais actress, comedienne, producer, and writer, first in Birmingham in 1964, when she was the producer of The Morning Show (WBRC-TV) and later when she was associated with such shows as Candid Camera and Harper Valley. Other works include Coming Attractions: A Wonderful Novel (1981) and the recording My Husband Doesn't Know I'm Making This Phone Call (1971). However, Flagg's greatest claim to fame came when the screenplay for the film Fried Green Tomatoes, which she, together with Jon Avnet, adapted from her novel, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, won an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay in 1991. She is the author several other works of fiction, including; Standing in the Rainbow, A Redbird Christmas, Can't Wait to Get to Heaven, I Still Dream about You, The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion, and The Whole Town's Talking. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Fannie Flagg

Associated Works

Russell Baker's Book of American Humor (1993) — Contribuidor — 201 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Women's Humour (1996) — Contribuidor — 114 exemplares
Five Easy Pieces [1970 film] (1970) — Actor — 97 exemplares
Stories from the Blue Moon Café II (2003) — Contribuidor — 31 exemplares
The New Great American Writers' Cookbook (2003) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
Reader's Digest Select Editions 2003 v01 #265 (2003) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
The Remembered Gate: Memoirs by Alabama Writers (2002) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Outros nomes
Neal, Patricia (birth name)
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Locais de residência
Birmingham, Alabama, USA
Montecito, California, USA
Prémios e menções honrosas
Harper Lee Award (2012)
Jennifer Rudolph Walsh (WME)

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August 2015: Fannie Flagg em Monthly Author Reads (Outubro 2018)
Fried Green Tomatoes em Magic City LT Group (Fevereiro 2011)


I finished and there were parts I really enjoyed, all related to the WASPs and the Wisconsin family. But I found the main character, Sookie, so very annoying, I almost couldn't get through. She was a grown up, ungrateful, sniveling brat. And while I know Lenore was to be painted as a narcissist, this was also a bit over the top. Then there were people and topics introduced that had potential to be meaningful, but left me wondering why it was even the story: the therapist, the gay topic in the last 4 pages, the patented business. Most importantly missing for me was more about the other sisters. I think the quick representation and ever so brief discussion of them was a disservice to the story line.… (mais)
MahanaU | 144 outras críticas | Nov 21, 2023 |
Read this for a book club and we had varied thoughts on it. It had a bit of a slow beginning, but was an entertaining read overall. Fannie is a very gifted, funny author, I just struggled with the main character's outlook on life.
JillHannah | 75 outras críticas | Nov 20, 2023 |
I love Fannie Flagg’s writing, but this book is a retread of”...Fried Green Tomatoes...” with what appears to be pieces that didn’t fit into the original book. So disappointed.
schoenbc70 | 35 outras críticas | Sep 2, 2023 |
A 5-star read! A book I thoroughly enjoyed; it brought tears to my eyes. If you are a woman between 40 and 50 years old, or even older, then you should definitely take time to read this novel. The movie “Fried Green Tomatoes” is based on this very book. Although the author drifts back and forth between the past and the present, nothing is lost in getting to know and love the characters.

In 1985, Evelyn Couch (played by Kathy Bates in the movie) is a 48-year-old housewife struggling through menopause. She’s gotten fat and depressed, feelings of uselessness, and hates everyone, maybe even her own husband. I can relate to all of this at one time or another. Of course, I’m 55 years old now so anything I do or say could send me straight to the insane asylum. But, when Evelyn meets an old woman, Ninny (Jessica Tandy), at a nursing home who begins to tell her story of life growing up in late 1920’s/early 30’s in fictitious, small-town Whistle Stop, Alabama, they develop a much-needed special friendship, which helped each of them through a period of their lives. Evelyn is helped out of a slump and encouraged to go ahead and live the rest of her life with zest, and Ninny is rewarded with weekly visits, treats, someone who will listen to her, at the nursing home until her death in 1986.

The author did an awesome job bringing you back in time, in the slow south, when people lived life in the moment with no other distractions. Ninny’s stories are centered around her sister-in-law, Idgie, and the mysterious death of the abusive husband of Ruth (Idgie’s love). If there is any confusion in the movie, it's all made perfectly clear in the book.

You will cry at the end because you will relate so well to how time has come and gone so quickly in your own life, especially if you've had a great childhood as I have had growing up on the bayou. On page 384, Evelyn is sobbing over the death of her good friend Ninny, and wonders what I always ask Ben when someone in Hollywood dies, or worse, someone we know in our own family dies: why do people have to get old and die? I know he doesn’t have the answers…I just find it so sad to see a generation disappearing right before us.

The Whistle Stop Café, now the Irondale Café, is a real establishment in Irondale, Alabama. The last few pages, 396-403, leaves you with some good, southern recipes of Sipsey's, the chef at the Whistle Stop Cafe, left to Evelyn Couch for us to try. Since they are fictitious characters, these might actually be some of the author’s own recipes:

Buttermilk Biscuits, Skillet Cornbread, Coconut Cream Pie, Pecan Pie, Sipsey’s Southern-Fried Chicken, Chicken and Dumplings, Fried Ham with Red-Eye Gravy, Grits, Fried Catfish, Milk Gravy, Pork Chops & Gravy, Snap Beans, Sipsey’s Black-eyed Peas, Creamed Corn, Lima Beans & Butter Beans, Candied Yams, Fried Okra, Turnip & Collard Greens, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Fried Green Tomatoes with Milk Gravy.
Book-to-movie: "Fried Green Tomatoes" (1991), starring Kathy Bates as Evelyn Couch, Jessica Tandy as Ninny Threadgoode, and Mary Stuart Masterson as Idgie Threadgoode, filmed in Juliette, Georgia.
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MissysBookshelf | 183 outras críticas | Aug 27, 2023 |


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