Fannie Flagg is well known to listeners of a certain age as a comedian and actor, but she found her true calling as a writer. The daughter of a film projectionist, Flagg moved from Alabama to New York in her 20s to pursue acting. She soon became a regular on TV shows like “Candid Camera” and “The New Dick Van Dyke Show.” But years later, while in a Broadway play, Flagg found she had lost her passion to act. She quit and pursued a new dream: full-time writing. Her second novel, “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Café,” became a best seller and a blockbuster film. Flagg’s new book covers similar ground. Set partly in the South, it spans decades and features strong, trailblazing women. Diane talks with Fannie Flagg about her latest novel, “The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion.”
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Excerpted from THE ALL-GIRL FILLING STATION’S LAST REUNION by Fannie Flagg. Copyright © 2013 by Fannie Flagg. Excerpted by permission of Random House, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.