Monday, 17 March 2014

RIP Clarissa Dickson Wright

We seem to be losing a lot of public figures and celebrities lately. Today the news has broke that we've lost another, but more importantly, we've lost a true character and a great British eccentric too.

The celebrity chef Clarissa Dixon Wright has passed away aged 66.

I love a good eccentric and Dixon Wright was certainly that. Born (wait for it) Clarissa Theresa Philomena Aileen Mary Josephine Agnes Elsie Trilby Louise Esmerelda Dickson Wright (phew!) to parents Arthur Dickson Wright, surgeon to the Royal family and mother Molly, an Australian heiress, Clarissa started out life as a barrister, passing her exams at 21 in 1968 to become the then youngest person called to the Bar. 

Her mother passed away in 1975 and she inherited £2.8 million. Deeply depressed, she equally inherited her father's alcoholism and proceeded to see her squander the inheritance during 12 years of bingeing alongside a relationship with a fellow alcoholic. She became disbarred for practicing without chambers and moved into catering and cooking which ultimately led to her being one half of Two Fat Ladies alongside Jennifer Paterson, the BBC2 cookery show which commenced in 1994.  

She was an accredited cricket umpire, one of only two women to become a Guild Butcher and appeared as herself/a gamekeeper in an episode of Absolutely Fabulous (above). A keen lover and campaigner for hunting and the Countryside Alliance and was charged with hare coursing with dogs in North Yorkshire in 2007.

She had been admitted to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary in January 2014 and passed away there on 15th March. RIP

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