'Two Fat Ladies' Star Clarissa Dickson Wright Dead at 66

9:00 AM PST 03/17/2014 by Kimberly Nordyke
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Clarissa Dickson Wright

She shot four seasons of the cooking show with the late Jennifer Paterson.

Clarissa Dickson Wright, one of the stars of the British cooking show Two Fat Ladies, has died. She was 66.

Dickson Wright died Saturday at Edinburgh's Royal Infirmary following a long illness, her agent Heather Holden-Brown told BBC News.

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"Her fun and laughter, extraordinary learning and intelligence, will be missed always by so many of us," Holden-Brown said. "Loved dearly by her friends and many fans all over the world, Clarissa was utterly non-PC and fought for what she believed in, always, with no thought to her own personal cost."

Dickson Wright filmed four seasons of Two Fat Ladies along with Jennifer Paterson, who died in 1999 of cancer. The show featured the duo traveling around the U.K. together in a motorcycle and sidecar to various locations where they prepared large, high-calorie meals, often with unusual or exotic ingredients.

Dickson Wright was born Clarissa Theresa Philomena Aileen Mary Josephine Agnes Elsie Trilby Louise Esmerelda Dickson Wright on June 24, 1947. She started out as a lawyer but wrote in her 2007 autobiography, Spilling the Beans, that her battle with alcohol put an end to her legal career. (Two Fat Ladies episodes sometimes alluded to Dickson Wright's status as an alcoholic.)

She then segued into the food business, running cookbook stores in London and Edinburgh and operating her own catering business, among other jobs.

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Producer Patricia Llewellyn discovered Dickson Wright when she was working in one of the bookstores and partnered her with Paterson for Two Fat Ladies. At the time, Dickson Wright has said, she'd never had a cooking lesson.

The show aired on BBC Two in the U.K. It also aired on Food Network and Cooking Channel in the U.S. and on Australia's ABC network.

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