Fannie Flagg

Fannie Flagg


9/21/1944, Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Birth Name

Patricia Neal


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Fannie Flagg is from Birmingham, Alabama; a fact that has defined her professional career. Fannie always wanted to write, but because of her struggles with dyslexia, she was embarrassed to show her writing to anyone. Instead, Fannie turned to acting. She landed small roles on TV before being…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Sixteen publishers turned down Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe before Random House decided to publish it.

    • Fannie considers Santa Barbara "to be the most beautiful place in the world." She splits her time between California and Alabama.

    • Fannie's favorite play is The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. She met Mr. Williams on opening night of one of his plays while she was performing in New York.

    • In 1999, Fannie was inducted into the Alabama Stage and Screen Hall of Fame.

    • In 1991 for Fried Green Tomatoes, Fannie Flagg and Carol Sobieski were nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay from the Writer's Guild Awards and for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. They won Best Realization of a book adapted to Film from the USC Scripter Awards.

    • In 2007, Fannie was voted Alabama's Top Pop Culture Icon by readers of the Birmingham News. She received 57 percent of the vote.

    • Fannie entered the Miss Alabama pageant as a teenager. Her talent was stand-up comedy. She won on her sixth attempt.

    • Fannie has been a vocal advocate for the Equal Rights Amendment.

    • When writing her first novel, Fannie's editor told her it should be about 400 pages. So, she weighed 400 pages of paper (which was around 2 lbs). Then, she kept weighing what she wrote until it equaled the weight of 400 pages.

    • She is diagnosed with dyslexia.

  • Quotes

    • Fannie: Listenin' to myself makes me ill. I wish I sounded like Olivia de Havilland. But when I listen to myself, I always think I could have done a better job. But you can't. It's best not to hear it and then beat yourself up about it.

    • Fannie: I took the name of Fannie Flagg, never dreaming that I would one day be writing books and would have to be stuck with that name. Had I known I was going to start writing novels, I would have picked a better name.

    • Fannie: I rarely believe anything is without hope. The human spirit amazes me.

    • Fannie: My basic instincts are to be introverted and very quiet. I think my true personality is that of an observer.

    • Fannie: I think it's time that women have to stand up and say we do not want to be seen in a demeaning manner.

    • Fannie: I was, am, severely dyslexic and couldn't spell, still can't spell. So I was discouraged from writing and embarrassed.

    • Fannie: People fascinate me. I don't understand them as well as I'd like. They surprise me all the time. I grew up so alone.

    • Fannie: From the time I was 6 years old I longed to be a writer, always wanted to be a writer.