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'Two Fat Ladies': Clarissa Dickson Wright dies at 66

'Two Fat Ladies': Clarissa Dickson Wright dies at 66.
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"Two Fat Ladies" cooking show co-star dies at 66. Clarissa Dickson Wright, co-host of the BBC program died in Edinburgh, Scotland of an undisclosed illness. According to United Press International on Mar. 19, she was featured in the popular program with Jennifer Paterson.

The two were often considered culinary rebels, favoring fatty, rich foods in a time when many television chefs promoted healthy cooking.

"Two Fat Ladies" aired from 1996 to 1999 on BBC2. It was also shown on Cooking Channel and Food Network in the U.S. and Australia. Paterson died in 1999 from lung cancer, mid-way through the fourth season. Wright appeared in "Absolutely Fabulous" as a gamekeeper in 2003.

The "Two Fat Ladies" were known for cooking heavy meals with traditional, fatty foods. The even made fun of vegetarians. Wright was once overheard, "I’m told that more vegetarians relapse on bacon than any other substance."

Wright was born in 1947 in St. John's Wood, London. She became the country's youngest barrister at age 21. After dealing with alcoholism for many years, she entered rehab. Once emerging, she made her way to Edinburgh and she worked in a cookbook shop, during this time she was approached about making a pilot for what became "Two Fat Ladies."

Wright died on Mar. 15 in an Edinburgh hospital, where she spent most of 2014. Her sisters, Heather and June, survive her.

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