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    Default Clarissa Dickson Wright dies, age 66

    • Best known as one half of the Two Fat Ladies duo, she died on Saturday
    • She had been ill for a while and in hospital since the start of the year
    • Agent Heather Holden-Brown said she died in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary
    • She added: 'Her fun, laughter and intelligence will be missed by many'
    • Dickson Wright was admired for winning her long battle against alcoholism

    Friends paid tribute to television chef Clarissa Dickson Wright, who has died at the age of 66

    Friends of Clarissa Dickson Wright, the television chef and one half of Two Fat Ladies, who has died at the age of 66, paid tribute to her today.
    Dickson Wright's agents, Heather Holden-Brown and Elly James, said she died on Saturday in Edinburghís Royal Infirmary and said she was 'loved dearly' by her friends.
    They said Dickson Wright 'hadn't been well for a little while', and had been in hospital since the beginning of the year. They declined to comment on the nature of her illness.
    In a statement, the agents said: 'In recent years, Clarissa often said: "Iíve had a fantastic life and Iíve done everything I could have wanted to do and more".
    'During her time in hospital, she was endlessly touched and impressed by the care of the doctors, nurses and support staff, aware of the pressure under which they worked and the fact that sometimes their work was not as valued as it should have been.
    'Only a couple of weeks before her death, she was ringing friends asking them to check the (very occasional) general knowledge crossword clue she was struggling with.
    '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.'

    Dickson Wright survived her on-screen cookery partner, Jennifer Paterson, the other star of Two Fat Ladies, who died from cancer at the age of 71 in 1999, bring the programme's four-year run to an end.
    Brought together by television producer Patricia Llewellyn, who talked them in to making a pilot of the show, they were shown touring the UK in a motorcycle ridden by Paterson, with Dickson Wright in the sidecar, in search of good food.

    Today Ms Llewellyn paid tribute to Dickson Wright, saying: 'Clarissa was possessed of a formidable intelligence, and held strong opinions, a powerful combination that made her a commanding presence on television.
    'She had a fiery temper. We called her "Krakatoa" on location, because if you didn't notice the rumbling you could find yourself in trouble.
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    Dickson Wright's most recent TV work was a short BBC 4 series in 2012 called Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    'She was a kind, generous and loyal friend with a fabulous sense of humour; I will miss her terribly, as will people all over the world.'
    And a spokesman for the University of Aberdeen, where Dickson Wright was Rector from 1998-2004, said: 'She brought her individualism and style to many University of Aberdeen events - including the creation of a medieval feast in support of student hardship funds.
    'She was very popular with the student body, bringing to this role an incisiveness which reflected her former career as a barrister.'
    Edinburgh chef Tony Singh, who has appeared on shows including Ready Steady Cook and Great British Menu, said: 'Clarissa will be sorely missed.
    'Her fun, feistiness and love for what she liked to cook and teach people about is what good food and great hospitality should be about.'
    Dickson Wright, who lived in Inveresk, near Edinburgh, had had a long battle with alcoholism and her forthcoming birthday in June would have marked her 27th anniversary of Ďgiving up alcoholí, a birthday which it was said 'meant much more to her than another year on the clock'.
    Born in 1947, she was baptised Clarissa Theresa Philomena Aileen Mary Josephine Agnes Elsie Trilby Louise Esmerelda Dickson Wright.


    Dickson Wright, pictured at the University of Aberdeen in 1998, where she was its first female Rector

    Her mother was an Australian heiress and her father was a surgeon to the Royal family but an alcoholic. Dickson Wright, who grew up in a nine-bedroom house in St John's Wood, north London, later described 'taking cover' when he was very drunk and 'extremely violent'.
    Initially trained as a lawyer, Dickson Wright - who inherited a fortune from her mother - became the country's youngest barrister at 21. But crippling depression brought on by her parents' deaths led to her drinking, and alcoholism soon brought her legal career to an abrupt end.

    She claimed that during her drinking years, she once had sex with an MP behind the Speaker's chair in the House of Commons, and by 1983 she was homeless and had to live with friends.
    Always a keen cook, she worked as a cook in a St Jamesís club and in private houses, and went on to run the cookery bookshop Books for Cooks in Londonís Notting Hill. She then moved to Edinburgh, where she ran the Cooks Book Shop.
    While she was living there, she met Patricia Llewellyn, who introduced her to Paterson, and after a successful pilot show, Two Fat Ladies was first broadcast in 1996.


    Two Fat Ladies ran from 1996 until 1999 when it ended with the death of Jennifer Paterson from cancer

    Three years ago she published her prize-winning A History of English Food in 2011.
    In 1998 Dickson Wright was made the first female Rector of the University of Aberdeen, taking up the role in memory of her grandmother, a native of the Granite City.
    A keen member of the Countryside Alliance, two years ago, she incurred the wrath of the animal rights lobby when she suggested that Britons should eat badgers.
    'It would solve the problem. There's going to be a cull, so rather than just throw them in the landfill site, why not eat them?' she said.
    Her agent added today: 'Clarissa was born and raised as a Catholic and her faith remained with her, in her own personal way, for the rest of her life, a life lived fearlessly and with conviction.'

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    Awwww. I loved that show. Good solid, rustic food. And the two ladies had such engaging personalities, and always cheerfully helping the other with their recipe.
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    Ah that's sad, I really enjoyed two fat ladies and their subsequent appearances and shows. What a shame, she seemed to be a real character.
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    I really loved that show and both of those wonderful women.
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    Bless this woman. She lived life on her own terms without artiface and probably never owned a mascara in her life. Bravo,Madam! Rest in peace.
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    every once in a while, PBS will show their show here. RIP
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    Aww RIP. She was a great dame.

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