Paula Deen – From the frying pan to the firestorm
March 10th, 2012
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[Editor's note: This profile of Paula Deen originally ran in March, 2012.]

The cockroaches came swarming from under the bed, and Paula Deen decided she'd had enough.

At 44, the newly minted restaurateur had been through a lot: She'd grown up without a real bathroom, living in the back of her family's souvenir shop and gas station, lost her father when he was only 40 and her mother just four years after that, weathered a difficult marriage to her hard-drinking high school sweetheart and begun to wrest herself from the grip of a crippling panic disorder.

But a roiling mass of bugs in her increasingly unkempt home - that, she recounted in her 2007 memoir "It Ain't All About the Cookin'," was her lowest moment yet.

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