(born September 21, 1944), known professionally as Fannie Flagg
, is an American actress, comedienne and author. She is perhaps best-known for the 1988 novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
, which was adapted into the 1991 movie Fried Green Tomatoes
; Flagg was nominated for an Academy Award for the screenplay adaptation.
Flagg, born in Birmingham, Alabama
, is the daughter of Marion Leona (née
LeGore) and William Hurbert Neal, Jr., who was a small-business owner and projectionist.
As her acting career began, Flagg could not professionally use her birthname, as there was already a well-known Oscar-winning actress named Patricia Neal
During the 1960s, Flagg co-hosted the locally produced "Morning Show" on WBRC-TV
in Birmingham, Alabama. Following this, she was hired as a staff writer for Allen Funt
's Candid Camera,
and she later became Funt's co-host on the syndicated 1970s weekly version of the show. After a lull in her writing career, she returned her focus to writing in the 1980s. Among her novels are Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man
(originally titled Coming Attractions
), Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!
(1998) and perhaps her best known book, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
. She subsequently wrote the screenplay based on that book which became the film Fried Green Tomatoes
. The 1991 movie garnered her a nomination for an Academy......