Paula Deen - Updated Mar 2024

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Paula Deen

Paula Deen is an American chef and cookbook author. Paula Deen is a famous TV personality recognized for hosting culinary shows such as ‘Paula’s Best Dishes‘, ‘Paula’s Party,’ and ‘Paula’s Home Cooking’.

Early Life

Paula Deen was born with the full name Paula Ann Hiers Deen in Albany, Georgia. Her parents welcomed her into this world on January 19, 1947, and currently, she is 76 years old. She has the zodiac sign of Capricorn. In addition, her mother is  Corrie A. Hiers and his father is named Earl Wayne Hiers.

Unfortunately, her father passed away when she was only 19 years old. Later, after 4 years of her father’s death, her mother also left the world. She has 2 siblings and is Hiers and Earl. In her 20s, Deen suffered from agoraphobia and depression. Then, she started to spend most of the time preparing food for her family.

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Caption: Paula now and before images. Source: Worldation

However, she spent her early childhood at a small resort owned by her maternal grandparents in southwestern Georgia. She learned the style of cooking from her grandmother. Furthermore, Paula is well well-educated and graduated woman. She graduated from Albany High School and left a remarkable mark on the educational field.


In the beginning, Paula started her career by starting a catering service as her first business named ‘The Bag Lady’. She prepares lunches for office workers and her sons help them deliver the food. However, this business lasted for about 5 years in Savannah. Later, the chef opened his restaurant named ‘Lady and Sons in downtown Savannah along with her sons.

The restaurant was popular, and chef Deen released her 1st cookbook, ‘1998’s The Lady and Sons Savannah Country Cookbook‘. In the year 2002, she started filming her cooking show known as ‘Paula’s Home Cooking’, in Georgia. Then, Deen published a lifestyle magazine named ‘Cooking with Paula’s in the year 2005.

Later, Deen launched many cookbooks such as ‘Paula Deen Celebrates! Deen’s memoirs’ along with ‘It Ain’t All About the Cooking’ in 2007, ‘The Deen Family Cookbook’ in 2009, and ‘Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible’ in 2011, with her full efforts in writing. Also, she was the Editor-in-chief of the magazine named ‘Cook with Paula Deen’.

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Caption: Paula in her kitchen. Source: Twitter

More About Deen’s Career

Later, in June 2007, she also won a Daytime Emmy Award for Paula’s Home Cooking. Therefore, her business grew rapidly. Also, Deen was chosen as the Grand Marshal of the Tournament of Roses Parade in October 2010. Maxim Magazine gave her the title ‘ TV’s Sexiest Female Chef’ on October 11, 2011.

Moreover, in 2013, she started serving food products developed in Paula’s kitchen and they were based on her traditional styles. By 2015, Paula was able to establish four new restaurants named ‘Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen’ and provided their services in South Carolina, Pigeon Forge, Myrtle Beach, and Tennessee.

In the year 2016, Paula began two new television shows, ‘Sweet Home Savannah’ and ‘Positively Paula’. Recently, Deen released her latest cookbook, ‘Paula Deen’s Southern Baking’ in the year 2019. In 2019, Deen launched her latest cookbook titled ‘Paula’s Southern Baking’.

Personal Life

Talking about her past relationships, Deen had two past relationships but her partners’ names are still not revealed. Later, in the year 1965, this chef married Jimmy Deen. The couple has 2 sons and their names are Jamie and Bobby Deen. Sadly, they both got separated in 1989.

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Caption: Paula with her Husband Michael Groover. Source: Instagram

Later, in 2004, she tied the marriage knot with her second husband, Michael Groover. He works as a tugboat captain in the Port of Savannah, Georgia. Michael also has two kids from his previous marriage. However, Paula is married to Michael Groover, she is still using the last name, Deen, from her 1st marriage with Jimmy Deen.

Body Measurements

Deen has a smart personality with a beautiful body. She has a quite good height of 5 feet 6 inches. Similarly, she has a healthy body and weighs around 73 kg. The dress of size 8 fits her body perfectly. Similarly, she wears shoes of size 7.5(US).

Likewise, this chef looks stunning with her grey-colored hair and blue-colored eyes. Though at this age, she is fit and healthy. The information regarding her body measurements such as hip size, waist size, breast size, etc. is not provided till now.

Paula Deen – Social Media

Paula is actively available on most social media accounts like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Therefore, she has around 4 million followers on Facebook. Also, she is available on Instagram with the username @pauladeen_official. On Twitter, her username is @Paula_Deen and she has around 1.2 million followers.

Paula Deen – Net Worth 2023

In the year 2001, Forbes Magazine estimated her one-year earnings to be $4 million. She has earned the sum from her profession as a chef, author, and television personality. According to a recent estimation in 2021, Deen has a total net worth of more than 16 million dollars. She has successfully achieved her goals along with the assistance of her sons.