The movie garnered her a nomination for an Academy Award.Fried Green Tomatoes starred Jessica Tandy, Kathy Bates, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker and Cicely Tyson.Soon after, Flagg was invited to be a staff writer on his show and later became a performer as well.
It is about the unlikely bonds forged between women who seemingly have nothing in common except restlessness.
Flagg subsequently wrote the screenplay based on that book, which became the 1991 film Fried Green Tomatoes.
She has also written Fannie Flagg's Original Whistle-Stop Café Cookbook (1993), Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!
(1998), Standing in the Rainbow (2002), A Redbird Christmas, (2004), Can't Wait to Get to Heaven (2006), I Still Dream About You: A Novel (2010), and The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion (2013).
During the 1960s, Flagg began writing skits for the New York nightclub Upstairs at the Downstairs.
When one of the performers got sick, Flagg went on in her place and caught the attention of Candid Camera creator Allen Funt, who happened to be in the audience that night.
She also appeared several times as a victim of alien abduction on the talk show parody Fernwood 2 Night in 1977.
During the 1960s and '70s, Flagg recorded two comedy albums with various skits that included many parodies of Lady Bird Johnson and Martha Mitchell. She has expressed the great challenge of being a writer, saying, "I was, am, severely dyslexic and couldn't spell, still can't spell.
She was nominated for an Academy Award for the screenplay adaptation.
Born Patricia Neal in Birmingham, Alabama, Flagg is the only child of Marion Leona (née Le Gore).
As her acting career began, Flagg could not use her birth name professionally, as there was already a well-known actress named Patricia Neal registered with Actors’ Equity.