12:21 am - 03/20/2014

The Other Half of Two Fat Ladies Dies at Age 66

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Clarissa Dickson Wright, who found fame later in life thanks to BBC2 cooking series, Two Fat Ladies, has died at the age of 66. She passed away on Saturday in Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary.

A former barrister, Clarissa teamed up with the late Jennifer Paterson for their international smash Two Fat Ladies. First broadcast back in 1996, the BBC2 hit showcased their love of delicious food and their endearing, eccentric personalities.

A statement released by her agent 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. Her fun and laughter, extraordinary learning and intelligence, will be missed always, by so many of us.”

Clarissa Theresa Philomena Aileen Mary Josephine Agnes Elsie Trilby Louise Esmerelda Dickson Wright was born to a wealthy family in St John's Wood, London in 1947. For her, caviar, shooting game and then eating it and other fine foods were the norm. The youngest of four children, she had a Roman Catholic childhood, studied at Sacred Heart School before pursuing a law degree at University College London.

She practiced law for several years but her mother's death in 1975, combined a few years later with her father's, left her deeply depressed and Clarissa found solace in drink. Like her father, she was an alcoholic.

To say she had an eventful life is putting it mildly. Anyone who watched the wonderful Two Fat Ladies will have heard some of the tales. She worked at a drinking club in London where she met her partner Clive, also an alcoholic. Their relationship lasted until his death in 1982 from kidney failure at the age of 40.

Disbarred for practising without chambers, Clarissa talked of having sex with an MP behind the Speaker's chair in the House of Commons, she was homeless, broke and out of control due to her drinking. After being charged with driving under the influence, she sought help.

Two Fat Ladies

After recovery, Clarissa moved to Scotland and expanded on her love of cooking. During her time in Edinburgh, television producer Patricia Llewellyn asked her and Jennifer Paterson to make a television programme.

The two bold and brash ladies took the world's kitchens by storm. Over four series, viewers tuned in to watch them ride around Britain on a motorbike, cook lavish meals and make fun of vegetarians. Clarissa Dickson Wright was in no doubt about the secret of their success: "People feel we've given them a licence to do whatever they like - eat beef and cream and enjoy their food again," she said.

Two Fat Ladies ended with Jennifer's death, but Clarissa soldiered on, taking on various TV projects and popping up on panel shows or giving her views on food production and hunting (she was a lifelong supporter). She published several cookbooks, including the Two Fat Ladies book series, Haggis: A Little History and Potty: Clarissa’s One Pot Cookbook.


Didn't know she had such a rough go of it. I loved Two Fat Ladies with them singing their own theme and their motorcycle with the sidecar.
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pantsparty1 20th-Mar-2014 04:25 am (UTC)
Oh shit, my friend loved their show.

walkintowalls99 20th-Mar-2014 04:25 am (UTC)
Oh, no! :( That is sad. My family loves this show and I liked how there was nothing glamorous about them whatsoever.
lloydsgurl 20th-Mar-2014 04:29 am (UTC)
legit thought the show was called "two fat lesbians"

either way, she and the show sound entertaining. my thoughts are with her loved ones.

Edited at 2014-03-20 04:30 am (UTC)
20727 20th-Mar-2014 04:30 am (UTC)
my mom used to watch it sometimes. rip.

ot: she was a lawyer? why does it seem like everyone is a lawyer in the uk? is it because it's an undergrad degree there?

Edited at 2014-03-20 04:30 am (UTC)
redsprings 20th-Mar-2014 04:34 am (UTC)
That title was very confusing.
somerset 20th-Mar-2014 04:34 am (UTC)
I love two fat ladies :(
supertex 20th-Mar-2014 04:36 am (UTC)
i loved their motorcycle too, OP! they were so cute!

hxxp 20th-Mar-2014 04:36 am (UTC)
awww their show was so cute and funny. my aunt had the whole series on VHS and i remember watching it when i was a kid. RIP :(
jjuunniiee 20th-Mar-2014 04:38 am (UTC)
Holy cow, RIP. So many lately. :(

I just found out a couple of hours ago via Facebook that a friend from middle school passed away from pancreatic cancer. She was only 28. :( I don't like all this death. :(
smnp 20th-Mar-2014 08:03 am (UTC)
so sorry
urfvrtweapon 20th-Mar-2014 12:35 pm (UTC)
Sorry about your friend.
cickiz 20th-Mar-2014 04:40 am (UTC)
wow is that her real name?
cickiz 20th-Mar-2014 04:42 am (UTC)
I remember that SNL skit with Brendan Fraser

tifag 20th-Mar-2014 04:41 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed watching this show.
nt4michelangelo 20th-Mar-2014 04:48 am (UTC)

omg rest in peace dearest lady of lard. ty for the joy you brought to my young self. I will never forget you <3
logan_lerman 20th-Mar-2014 04:48 am (UTC)
aw :( i remember watching them when i was young with my mom all the time
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