Jimmy Deen's biography: The untold story of Paula Deen's ex-husband

Jimmy Deen's biography: The untold story of Paula Deen's ex-husband

American chef Paula Deen's talent and Southern charm have made her a household name in the South due to her Southern-styled recipes, which became popular worldwide. The restauranteur and TV personality's ex-husband, Jimmy Deen, is a less well-known figure, as their marriage ended before Paula made a name for herself. What do we know about him?

When did Jimmy Deen come out?
Paula Deen discussed her cookbook ’At The Southern Table with Paula Deen’ at Build Studio on 22 September 2017 in New York City. Photo: Slaven Vlasic
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Not to be confused with the famous country music singer and actor Jimmy Dean, Paula's ex-husband has chosen to stay out of the limelight for the most part. But, some aspects of his life have been more widely reported. Before we go into those details, here is his famous wife's profile summary.

Profile summary and bio

Full namePaula Deen (née Paula Ann Hiers)
Date of birth19 January 1947
Age 76 years of age (2023)
Zodiac signCapricorn
Birthplace Albany, Georgia, USA
Romantic orientationHeterosexual
Religious beliefsBaptist
Current residenceSavannah, Georgia, USA
Current nationalityAmerican
Marital statusJimmy Deen (1965 to 1989)
EthnicityCaucasian
GenderFemale
Weight40 pounds lost (exact weight unknown)
Height165 cm
Hair colourGrey
Eye colourBlue
ParentsEarl Wayne Hiers, Sr and Corrie A. Paul
ChildrenBobby Deen and Jamie Deen
ProfessionRestaurateur, TV chef, actor, author, TV presenter
EducationAlbany High School
Native languageEnglish
Net worthBetween $12 million and $17 million
Social media profilesInstagramTwitter

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Although Paula's first marriage did not end happily, the beloved cook and TV personality eventually found love again with her now-husband, Michael Groover. The duo married in 2004 and have been happily married since.

Is Jimmy Deen still alive?

Her ex-husband's fate remains unknown. However, the commonly associated celebrity, Jimmy Dean, died on 13 June 2010.

What caused Jimmy Dean's death?

As mentioned, what happened to the TV personality's former husband after they divorced is unknown. On the other hand, Actor Jimmy Dean passed away from natural causes, according to a statement that Donna, his wife at the time, made.

Who got Jimmy Dean's money?
Paula Deen was previously married to Jimmy Deen. Photo: Tara Ziemba
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What happened to Jimmy Deen?

Jimmy Deen’s spouse was never in the public eye, as Paula only rose to prominence in the 90s, once she began publishing her cookbooks and after becoming a TV cook. The couple were divorced in 1989.

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However, we know that Jimmy's alcoholism caused the dissolution of their marriage. According to Closer Weekly, her ex was diagnosed with throat cancer in late 2014 and early 2015.

Jimmy Deen’s age

We have no confirmation of his age. But, considering the couple are childhood sweethearts, it is safe to assume they were close in age. Since Paula is 76 years old at the time of writing, it is assumed that if still alive, Jimmy is in his mid-70s.

How did Jimmy Dean make his money?
Hosts Mark Steines (L) and Debbie Matenopoulos (R) pose with chef Paula Deen (C) at Hallmark's ‘Home and Family’ at Universal Studios Hollywood. Photo: David Livingston
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Was Paula Deen married to Jimmy Dean?

There needs to be more clarity regarding whether Paula was married to the same Jimmy Dean, a famous American entertainer. Despite sharing the same name, the difference in spelling is a clear-cut sign that the two are not the same.

Jimmy Deen’s net worth

The figure's net worth still needs to be confirmed. However, Paula's net worth is estimated to be between $12 million and $17 million.

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Jimmy Deen's life remains mysterious, with many ups and downs marking the reclusive figure's life. But, he and his former wife allegedly remained friends after their separation, which was the silver lining of the end of their marriage.

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Justine De Lange (Lifestyle writer) Justine De Lange has over 6 years of experience in lifestyle, corporate and freelance writing. She started at Now Media for their lifestyle publication 'Let's Go', then joined 'travSIM' and 'Metavaro'. She now writes for Briefly News as a content writer, working with beats such as studies, services, business tips, and celebrity biographies (joined in 2022). In 2023, Justine finished the AFP course on Digital Investigation Techniques. You can contact her directly via JustinedeLange14@gmail.com.

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