|from Facebook Page /The Fruitcake Lady|
The Fruitcake Lady's other claim to fame was that she was the aunt of Truman Capote, highly acclaimed author, and this connection was used in her own writing. Her published works included:
- Truman Capote , The Story of His Bizarre and Exotic Childhood by an Aunt Who Helped to Raise Him (1983)
- Sook's Cookbook : Memories and Traditional Recipes from the Deep South (1989)
- Critters, Cafes and Frog Tea: Tales and Treats from the Emerald River (1994)
- Fruitcake :Memories of Trumna Capote & Sook (2000)
- The Southern Haunting of Truman Capote (2000)
- Ask the Fruitcake Lady Everything You Would Already Know If You had Any Sense (2006)
Marie Rudisill became the Fruitcake Lady after she appeared on the Jay Leno show , showing Jay and Mel Gibson how to make a fruitcake in 2000. The family's connection with fruitcake is recalled by Marie in her description of Truman Capote and his older cousin Sook. Together each Christmas, they would bake fruitcakes and send them to various people on their list - not family or close friends, but people they admired, for example Franklin D. Roosevelt.
"I tell you the most fantastic thing about Sook's cooking was her fruitcakes. Really I am not kidding! I mean really!"
"It's a weird family, I kid you not. But it's a fabulous family. We took care of our own, there's no question about that." And I think this quote just about sums up the wit of the Fruitcake Lady...PS: I found a funny coincidence when researching this story. Marie Rudisill's trusted co writing companion was a Jim Simmons ( my husband's name!) he co wrote at least 2 of her books.
Tomorrow - we are going on a trip with fruitcake.