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Two Fat Ladies cook Clarissa Dickson Wright dies at age of 66

The TV chef died at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on Saturday.

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Television chef Clarissa Dickson Wright of Two Fat Ladies fame has died.

The 66-year-old died at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on Saturday, according to her agent.

A statement from Heather Holden-Brown and Elly James 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.

"In recent years, she often said 'I've had a fantastic life and I've 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."

Dickson Wright was best known for her cooking show Two Fat Ladies, which she did with fellow chef Jennifer Paterson. The series ended when Paterson died of cancer in 1999.

Born in London, Dickson Wright initially studied law and was the youngest woman ever to be called to the Bar at the time.

The former alcoholic's law career deteriorated when she started drinking and she eventually went into rehab in 1987.

She worked at a shop and cafe in London for seven years before moving to Edinburgh in the 1990s to run Cooks Book Shop. It was while she lived in the capital that Dickson Wright was approached to appear in the cooking programme Two Fat Ladies.

After Paterson’s death, Dickson Wright appeared on a number of cookery and other programmes.

She was also a vocal supported of hunting and campaigned for the Countryside Alliance. Dickson Wright was also the first female Rector of the University of Aberdeen.

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