Clarissa Dickson Wright Dies: Cook on 'Two Fat Ladies' Was 66

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Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 07:47 AM

By Morgan Chilson

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Clarissa Dickson Wright, well-known for her role on the BBC cooking show, “Two Fat Ladies,” has died at age 66.

Along with her co-host Jennifer Paterson, Wright traveled throughout Britain on a Triumph Thunderbird motorbike and explored food in all its venues.

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The popular show ran just four seasons, from 1996 until 1999.

"Two Fat Ladies" has also been on The Cooking Channel, which described their show this w: “The Two Fat Ladies are cooks, not chefs — they reject the pretensions and elaborations of haute cuisine and are aggressively unfashionable, delighting in such ingredients as clotted cream, lard and fatty meats.”

Known for her eccentricity, Wright owned a bookstore that specialized in providing materials for cooks and was also a recovering alcoholic, The Telegraph said. She and Paterson became rose to fame on the show, which pulled in 3.5 million viewers in 1996.

Paterson died in 1999.

The food star’s full name was Clarissa Theresa Philomena Aileen Mary Josephine Agnes Elsie Trilby Louise Esmeralda Dickson Wright, The Telegraph reported, quoting Wright who explained, “My parents had great trouble deciding what to call me in the first place, but then they were so delighted they had finally found a name, they got pissed on the way to the church.”

Wright wrote an autobiography called “Spilling the Beans” about her chaotic and unusual life, which covered everything from passing the bar and becoming an attorney to being disbarred. She was open about her struggles with drinking, which started after her mother’s unexpected death. Her father was reportedly an abusive alcoholic, the Telegraph said.

Even years after her show ended, Wright still had many fans who mourned her loss.

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