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Fannie Flagg appears at the Virginia Samford Theatre in Birmingham, where it all began for her (video)
Southern scribe Fannie Flagg participates in a luncheon and book-signing event Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center in Mobile, Ala. (Mike Kittrell/mkittrell@al.com)
After that took her to Mobile, Chatom, Montgomery and Huntsville, Birmingham s Fannie Flagg returned for an event Monday night at the Virginia Samford Theatre, one of the places where it began for the actress and writer.

She worked with James Hatcher at the theater when Hatcher directed Town and Gown Theatre, and she returned to the building for a reception and Q A session with Jake Reiss of the Alabama Booksmith.

Flagg, whose Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Caf was made into an Oscar-nominated feature film, is touring to promote her latest book,

The book is set in Point Clear and Pulaski, Wisc., and features the characters Sookie Poole and Lenora Krackenberry, both of whom appeared briefly in Flagg s Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!

Flagg grew up as Patricia Neal in Birmingham, graduating from Ramsay High School. She got her TV start on the Morning Show on WBRC/Channel 6 before heading to New York, where she appeared in the movie Five Easy Pieces and on TV on Candid Camera, The New Dick Van Dyke Show and Match Game. In 1981, with "Coming Attractions," she started to write.

Flagg got her start on stage at the Virginia Samford Theatre, then the Clark Memorial Theatre. Here, in the theater Monday night, she reminisces about the building s place in her career:

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