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Fannie Flagg

Fannie Flagg

Highest Rated: 89% Five Easy Pieces (1970)

Lowest Rated: 30% Crazy in Alabama (1999)

Birthday: Sep 21, 1944

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, USA

This red-haired stand-up comedienne and comedy actress honed her writing skills by creating her own original sketches, first as a determined contestant in the Miss Alabama contest (which she finally won on her sixth attempt) and later in comedy clubs. In the 1960s, Fannie Flagg (born Patricia Neal) was hired as a writer for Allen Funt's "Candid Camera" and later became a regular performer on that show and its 1970s revival as well as on "The New Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS, 1971-73), as Van Dyke's manager and "Harper Valley P.T.A./Harper Valley" (NBC, 1981-82), as Barbara Eden's sidekick. She also appeared in the two-hour TV movie pilot for "Wonder Woman" (ABC, 1975) and was a constant presence on such TV game shows as "Password," "The Match Game" and "Liar's Club." Flagg made her film acting debut in "Five Easy Pieces" (1970), as the wife of Billy 'Green' Bush, and subsequently appeared in "Stay Hungry" (1975), "Rabbit Test" and "Grease" (both 1978). Having begun her career as a novelist with "Coming Attractions" (1981), Flagg wrote the popular "Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe," published in 1987. In 1991, with the collaboration of screenwriter Carol Sobieski, she turned the novel into the film "Fried Green Tomatoes." A gently feminist portrait of two women bonding in the Depression-era rural South, the film (which excised the lesbian content of the book) was a huge popular hit and netted Flagg an Oscar nomination for her screenwriting debut. Her TV writing resumed in 1987 when her own Southern background helped Flagg write material for Dolly Parton's ABC variety series "Dolly."

Highest rated movies

89% Five Easy Pieces 67% Stay Hungry
30% Crazy in Alabama


FIVE EASY PIECES, Fannie Flagg, Jack Nicholson, Karen Black, 1970 FRIED GREEN TOMATOES, (back row) Cicely Tyson, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary Lousie Parker; (front row) Kathy Bates, author Fannie Flagg, Jessica Tandy, 1991



30% 64% Crazy in Alabama Sally (Character) $2.0M 1999
76% 87% Fried Green Tomatoes Screenwriter $81.2M 1991
No Score Yet 59% My Best Friend Is a Vampire Mrs. Capello (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sex and the Married Woman Virginia Ladysmith (Character) - 1977
67% 40% Stay Hungry Amy (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The New, Original Wonder Woman Amazon Doctor (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 71% Some of My Best Friends Are... Helen (Character) - 1971
89% 84% Five Easy Pieces Stoney (Character) - 1970


No Score Yet No Score Yet Harper Valley P.T.A. Cassie Bowman (Character) 1981-1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Match Game Self,
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tattletales Guest 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1969 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The New Dick Van Dyke Show Mike Preston (Character) 1971-1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Guest 1971-1972