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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 26 February 1909Leytonstone, London, England, UK
Date of Death 27 December 1994Hailsham, East Sussex, England, UK  (stroke)
Birth NamePhyllis Nan Sortain Pechey
Height 5' 4½" (1.64 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Fanny Cradock was born on February 26, 1909 in Leytonstone, London, England as Phyllis Nan Sortain Pechey. She was married to Johnnie Cradock, Gregory Holden-Dye, Arthur W. Chapman and Sidney A. Vernon Evans. She died on December 27, 1994 in Hailsham, East Sussex, England.

Spouse (4)

Johnnie Cradock (7 May 1977 - 30 January 1987) (his death)
Gregory Holden-Dye (September 1939 - ?) (annulled)
Arthur W. Chapman (1928 - ?) (separated) (1 child)
Sidney A. Vernon Evans (1926 - 1927) (his death) (1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Red haired, elegantly dressed and a commanding, husky voice

Trivia (10)

Was married four times
Journalist, novelist, Lecturer on food, wine, travel, and fashion
Worked on television and radio under the name Phyllis Cradock from 1950 to around 1954, when she became Fanny
Began studying cookery abroad at the age of 10, then took a few years out as a dress designer before returning to cookery
Began her journalist career in 1948, writing under five different names
The daughter of novelist-dramatist Arthur Valentine aka Valentine, she wrote nine novels, ten childrens books and three travel and cookery books under the name Frances Dale
Although she adopted the surname of her cooking partner all through her professional career they weren't actually married until 1977.
She passed away at an East Sussex nursing home.
Her career as a cook on TV programmes was ended after she appeared on a BBC programme "The Big Time" in 1976, giving professional advice to an amateur cook Gwen Troake who had won a cookery competition and was preparing a dinner menu to serve to Prime Minister Edward Heath and Lord Louis Mountbatten. Fanny was objectionable, condescending and rude, pretending to be on the point of retching at some of Mrs Troake's suggestions, and generally belittling her efforts. Many viewers complained and two weeks later the BBC terminated Fanny's contract.
Broadcaster Terry Wogan dubbed her "the lethal combination of Margaret Thatcher and Vlad the Impaler".

Personal Quotes (9)

Carping about the way cabbage is cooked in Britain is like shooting a sitting bird with a gun that isn't licensed, on a Sunday out of season.
More dehydrated, deep-frozen and pre-prepared foodstuffs, the end of the Chinese restaurant and the dawn of cous-cous parties.
To adults the language of 'disco' participants is as esoteric as that of two scientists swapping gen on germ warfare.
The enormous increase in Italian restaurants since the war has given pasta a head start, and although a considerable incursion has been brought about by the pizza, I do not think this will be permanently ensconced.
When it comes to cooking, the best friends of a working woman with a family are a three-tiered steamer and a casserole.
We approached our new microwave oven with the trepidation of two people returning to a reactor station after a leak.
If people really want to be conned into paying out two and three hundred pounds for a restaurant dinner party, then prices will continue escalating until there is one monumental explosion.
There's only one convenience in convenience food: profit for the manufacturers. It's a load of muck.
Alas, the time has come for us to declare two meatless, main-course meals each week.

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