Birmingham, Alabama, native Fannie Flagg, who is best known for her novel Fried Green Tomatoes, had a long career as an actress and comedian before dedicating herself to writing. Published in 1987, Fried Green Tomatoes—a story of racial and gender inequalities told through the unlikely but strong bonds of its female characters—resonated with audiences. The novel stayed on the New York Times best seller list for 36 weeks and was adapted into a critically acclaimed movie.

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Encyclopedia of Alabama