Tribute to Clarissa Dickson Wright


The Friends of Sussex Hospices have paid tribute to their Patron, TV Chef Clarissa Dickson Wright, who sadly passed away at the weekend, aged 66.

Clarissa Dickson Wright found fame, as one half of the much-loved television cooking partnership, ‘Two Fat Ladies’, alongside the late Jennifer Paterson.

Clarissa Dickson Wright photographed with Kathy Gore, in 2008  when she gave a talk for FSH on her book "Spilling the Beans"
Clarissa Dickson Wright photographed with Kathy Gore in 2008 , when she gave a talk for FSH on her book “Spilling the Beans”

Kathy Gore, Chair of Friends of Sussex Hospices said:

Clarissa will be sadly missed by all her friends in Sussex and especially by Friends of Sussex Hospices which she has been a Patron of for the past eight years.

Clarissa was no stranger to pain and bereavement and, in her open and outspoken manner, didn’t shy away from talking about death.

She was a kind and generous friend to FSH and her wonderful support will be sorely missed.

Speaking on Desert Island Discs in 1999, following the death of her cooking partner Paterson from cancer, Clarissa said:

“She died magnificently, she was an example to all of us, if I can die that well I should be very happy.”

ClarissaIn her autobiography ‘Spilling the Beans’, Clarissa shared with readers her life, from a childhood of wealth and privilege to alcoholism, bankruptcy and subsequent success as a television presenter and food historian.  She was christened Clarissa Theresa Philomena Aileen Mary Josephine Agnes Elsie Trilby Louise Esmerelda Dickson Wright.  And at 21 she became the youngest female barrister in the country.

The Friends of Sussex Hospices organises events to raise funds to support the work of all the hospices in Sussex.



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