Paula Deen is the sassy and southern woman who mixes a twang in everything she says and does. As an cook on Food Network and author, Deen has made several claims to fame in her life. She was born on January 19, 1947 in Albany, Georgia. Her parents passed away from medical conditions before Deen turned 23. Soon after graduating high school she married the love of her life. The death of her parents put Deen into a depression that she eased by cooking. She began a catering business called The Bag Lady. This is where she got her start as one of the top cooks in the country.