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'The Fruitcake Lady' Marie Rudisill

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'The Fruitcake Lady' Marie Rudisill

HUDSON, Florida -- Marie Rudisill, writer and television personality, perhaps best known as the nonagenarian woman who appeared in the "Ask the Fruitcake Lady" segments on "The Tonight Show" died on Saturday, November 3 in Hudson, Florida. She was 95.

Rudisill was born Edna Marie Faulk on March 13, 1911 in Monroeville, Alabama. In 1939, she married James Rudisill. The couple had one son, Jim and Rudisill had three grandchildren. She was a resident of Florida.

Rudisill was an aunt to novelist Truman Capote. She helped to raise Capote, who lived with her at times during his childhood, both in Alabama and New York City. Rudisill authored eight books, including a book titled "Fruitcake: Memories of Truman Capote & Sook." Her book led to being invited to be a guest on "The Tonight Show" in December 2000.

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'Ask The Fruitcake Lady' Marie Rudisill was a popular

segment on 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'

During her first visit, she showed Jay Leno and Mel Gibson how to make fruitcakes. This led to her being named "The Fruitcake Lady" and to several more appearances on "The Tonight Show" in which she instructed host Jay Leno and other guests in the preparation of various baked desserts.

In 2002, the "Ask the Fruitcake Lady" segments became a regular part of "The Tonight Show." In these segments, viewers posed prerecorded questions to Rudisill, often including questions of a graphic sexual nature. Her frank and often unpredictable responses were shown.

In her responses, she often lost patience with what she perceived as stupidity on the part of some questioners, and lapsed into profanity, an atypical trait for persons of her age and one that endeared her to many fans.

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'Fruitcake Lady' Marie Rudisill passed away

just shy of publication of her latest book

Rudisill died just before the publication date of her latest book, "Ask the Fruitcake Lady: Everything You Would Already Know If You Had Any Sense," on November 7. The November 8 broadcast of "The Tonight Show" included a tribute composed of highlights from her segments on the show, including one in which she cooked with an extremely affectionate Tom Cruise.

On "The Tonight Show" Web site, Jay Leno paid this tribute to Rudisill, "We're saddened to announce the passing of Marie Rudisill, our beloved 'Fruitcake Lady.' She made millions of viewers laugh appearing regularly on 'The Tonight Show' in her 'Ask The Fruitcake Lady' segments."

The tribute continued, "She began her career in television at 89, teaching Jay and Mel Gibson how to make fruitcake. She went on to do cooking segments with Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Hugh Grant. Our deepest condolences go out to her family and her fans. She will be truely missed by all of us."

Rudisill is survived by her son James, three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

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This is so sad. I thought she was one of the few authentic people out there in TV land. She epitomized "keeping it real," to me. She wasn't afraid of sexual conversation, being blunt with her answers and when someone asked a stupied question... she said. so. Wish we all had enough gumption.

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Aw man I loved her....she was great. Talk about a granny who holds nothing back. I hope they come out with a collection series for her. I would definetly buy it.

Thanks for the laughs

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  • 2 weeks later...

thanks, slowpoke...That was hilarious! Fluffy the goldfish :lol:

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