|Paula Deen Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 5 in|
|Date of Birth||January 19, 1947|
Paula Deen is an American TV personality and cooking show host who runs the restaurants Paula Deen’s Creek House and The Lady & Sons in Savannah, Georgia with her sons. She has authored numerous cookbooks and is known for her long-running cookery shows that she hosted on the Food Network such as Paula’s Home Cooking (2002-2012), Paula’s Party (2006-2008), and Paula’s Best Dishes (2008-2013). In June 2007, Paula won a Daytime Emmy Award for Paula’s Home Cooking.
Paula Ann Hiers
Albany, Georgia, United States
Savannah, Georgia, United States
Paula graduated from the Albany High School in Georgia.
TV Personality, Cooking Show Host
- Father – Earl Wayne Hiers, Sr. (Deceased)
- Mother – Corrie A. Hiers (née Paul) (Deceased)
- Siblings – Earl “Bubba” Wayne Hiers Jr. (Younger Brother) (d. 2019)
- Others – Michelle Groover (Step-Daughter), Claudia Lovera (Daughter-in-Law), Brooke Terry Deen (Daughter-in-Law), Bob Hiers (Paternal Uncle), Peggy Ort (Maternal Aunt), Jay Hiers (Nephew), Chester Mayfield Hiers (Paternal Grandfather), John M. Hiers (Paternal Great Grandfather), Julia Elizabeth Delk (Paternal Great Grandmother), Joseph Cornelius Hiers (Paternal Great Great Grandfather), Elizabeth Hutto (Paternal Great Great Grandmother), William Randolph Delk (Paternal Great Great Grandfather), Agnes T. Dyches (Paternal Great Great Grandmother), Nellie Lou Savage (Paternal Grandmother), Thomas Calaway Savage (Paternal Great Grandfather), Rose Savage (Paternal Great Grandmother), Thomas Savage (Paternal Great Great Grandfather), Caroline Susannah Payne (Paternal Great Great Grandmother), John Larkin Paul (Maternal Grandfather), John Liddle Paul (Maternal Great Grandfather), Lena Hazeltine Jennings (Maternal Great Grandmother), William B. Paul (Maternal Great Great Grandfather), Eliza J. Batts (Maternal Great Great Grandmother), William Jennings (Maternal Great Great Grandfather), Eliza Satirah Wells (Maternal Great Great Grandmother), Irene Dempsey (Maternal Grandmother), James Wylie Dempsey (Maternal Great Grandfather), Maude A. Butler (Maternal Great Grandmother), John A. Dempsey (Maternal Great Great Grandfather), Susan Elvira Self (Maternal Great Great Grandmother), Joshua Butler (Maternal Great Great Grandfather), Mary A. Shepherd Maternal Great Great Grandmother)
5 ft 5 in or 165 cm
65 kg or 143.5 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Paula has dated –
- Jimmy Deen (1965–1989) – Paula got married to Jimmy Dean in 1969 and the couple has 2 sons together – Bobby Deen (b. April 28, 1970) (Chef, TV Personality, Restaurant Manager) and Jamie Deen (b. June 29, 1967) (Cook, Restaurateur, TV Personality). Paula has 3 grandchildren through Bobby named Olivia Deen, Linton Deen, and Amelia Ann Deen. She has 2 grandchildren through Jamie named Jack Linton Deen and Matthew James Deen. Paula and Jimmy got divorced in 1989 but Paula continued to use Deen as her last name.
- Michael Groover (2004-Present) – Paula married a tugboat captain named Michael Groover in 2004 at Bethesda Academy in Savannah, Georgia, and the wedding was featured in a Food Network show.
Race / Ethnicity
She is of English, German, and Irish descent.
- Charming smile
- Radiant face
- Dense, neck-length hair
- Mildly stocky frame
Paula has served as the ambassador/spokesperson for brands such as –
- Smithfield Foods
- Novo Nordisk
- Caesars Entertainment
She has been featured in print and TV commercials for –
- Smithfield Packing Company (Print)
- Smithfield Meats (Print)
- Novo Nordisk (Print)
- Smithfield Hams (TV)
- Target (Print)
Paula Deen Favorite Things
- Hobbies/Interests – Cooking, Traveling, Playing Video Games, Shopping, Painting
- Pet – Dogs
- Meal – Steak and Potatoes
- TV Series – Forensic Files
- Makeup Accessory – Fake Eyelashes
- Southern Dish – Fried Chicken
- Condiment – Butter
Paula Deen Facts
- Paula’s parents had passed away by the time she was 23 years old and consequently, she used to suffer from panic attacks and agoraphobia (anxiety disorder). It was then that she shifted her focus to cooking as that was one activity for which she did not need to leave her home.
- She learned the hand-me-down art of Southern cooking from her grandmother Irene.
- After her divorce to Jimmy Deen, she was struggling financially and was finding it difficult to raise her sons and help out her younger brother. She worked odd jobs such as hanging wallpapers, selling real estate, and working as a bank teller to make ends meet. Eventually, she began a catering service that her sons used to help out with by delivering the meals.
- As her catering business grew, she began a restaurant called The Lady in 1991 in Savannah, Georgia and another called The Lady & Sons in 1996. The Lady & Sons was awarded the “International Meal of the Year” award in 1999 by USA Today magazine.
- Her lifestyle magazine called Cooking with Paula Deen was released in November 2005.
- In March 2015, she launched the Paula Deen Channel on the Roku platform.
- She participated in the 2015 season of the popular dance-based reality TV series Dancing with the Stars. She was eliminated in the 6th week of the season and finished 9th overall.
- In October 2016, a syndicated TV show called Positively Paula was launched.
Featured Image by Paula Deen / Instagram