Neal Christopher Ardley is an English former professional footballer who played as either a right-back or right midfielder. He was the manager of AFC Wimbledon from 10 October 2012 to 12 November 2018, he took over as manager of Notts County on 23 November 2018. He was capped at Under-21 level by England. Ardley spent the majority of his career with Wimbledon, making his debut for them on 20 April 1991 at the age of 18 in a 2–1 away win over Aston Villa in the Football League First Division, he went on to make over 100 appearances for Watford before having spells at Cardiff City and Millwall. Ardley announced his retirement from professional football on 30 August 2007 after suffering a series of injuries. On the same day, Ardley announced that he would return to former club Cardiff City having been appointed manager of the Cardiff City Youth Academy. Ardley was born in Epsom. Signed by Wimbledon as a youngster, whilst at Carshalton Boys Sports College, he made his way through the youth set up until breaking into the first team.
Ardley made eight league appearances for Wimbledon in the 1991–92 season, featuring more prominently in the 1992–93 campaign, in which he played in 26 games and scored four goals in the inaugural season of the FA Premier League as the Dons finished 12th. Wimbledon finished 6th in the FA Premier League in 1993–94, matching the record highest ranking achieved by the club during their first season in the top flight during 1986–87. Ardley's contribution was more limited during this season, however, as he was selected to play in just 16 games, he scored just once in a 2–1 win over Sheffield Wednesday on 15 January 1994. He was in and out of the side for nearly a decade afterwards, remaining with the Dons after their relegation at the end of 1999–2000. Two more seasons followed as he unsuccessfully tried to help them regain their Premier League place, before he signed for Division One rivals Watford on a free transfer on 9 August 2002. By the time Ardley left the club in 2002 he had played a total of 245 league games for Wimbledon, scoring 18 goals.
He was their longest serving player by the time of his departure. His best campaign was arguably the 1996–97 season, where he missed just four league games, helped the Dons reach the semi-finals of both the FA Cup and the Football League Cup, oversaw an excellent season in the league where they were out of the top five until having to settle for 8th place in the final table. Ardley played for the Hornets for three seasons, making appearances an FA Cup semi final in 2003 and a League Cup semi-final in 2005. Ardley joined Cardiff City in a day before the sacking of Watford manager Ray Lewington, he scored his first and only goal for Cardiff against Leicester City on 19 April 2005. Ardley joined Millwall for the 2006 -- his last professional season. Ardley announced his retirement from professional football on 30 August 2007 after a series of injuries; the same day he was appointed as manager of the Cardiff City academy. Ardley had started preparing for a manager's role at the early age of 24, when he took his first coaching badges before completing his training for the UEFA Pro coaching qualification in 2010.
He impressed in the role by guiding several players through to the first-team squad, including rated pair Joe Ralls and Theo Wharton making the step-up. Ardley remained with the club for five years. Ardley was appointed as manager of Football League Two side AFC Wimbledon on 10 October 2012, with former Watford teammate Neil Cox being named as assistant manager on the same day; the final two man shortlist for the job was former Wales international Rob Page. On 2 December 2012, Ardley managed AFC Wimbledon in their first meeting with MK Dons, the football club formed via his former side Wimbledon's relocation to Milton Keynes. An injury-time goal saw AFC Wimbledon lose 2–1. Ardley made additions to his squad during the January transfer window with Alan Bennett being the most notable. In March 2013, Ardley was nominated for Football League Two Manager of the Month following Wimbledon's unbeaten run. Despite this, Wimbledon were in 23rd place going into the last match of the season with only Aldershot Town below them, however a 2–1 win at home to mid table Fleetwood Town saw Ardley lead Wimbledon to safety instead, sending Barnet down.
Remarkably, Wimbledon jumped 3 places and finished in 20th, despite having the worst goal difference in the league. For the start of his first full season in charge he added a number of new faces which included the likes of Charlie Sheringham; the 2013-14 season started off brightly for the Dons beating Wycombe Wanderers, Scunthorpe United, Fleetwood Town and Burton Albion in their first four home matches leaving AFC Wimbledon sat in a Play-Off position in September. Ardley saw his side slip further down the league in the coming months which included a run of one win in eight leading into the New Year, however it still saw the Dons in a remarkably more comfortable position when Ardley first took charge. Once again, Wimbledon finished comfortably in 20th place, which could have been 16th place had it not been for fielding an ineligible player. Ardley strengthened his squad during June and into July with the signing of Matt Tubbs, Adebayo Akinfenwa and James Shea amongst anothers. AFC Wimbledon's first preseason friendly of 2014–15 was against Margate which saw Ardley come up against his predecessor Terry Brown.
The match finished with a 3-0 defeat for Ardley's side. As the season began, Ardley put faith in his summer signings with James Shea replacing last season's number one Ross Worner. AFC Wimbledon began the season brightly with a draw at home to Shrewsbury Town, succeeded by fine wins over Luton Town and Southend United both of which came away from home. T
Matthew Neal is a British motor racing driver. Neal is a triple BTCC Champion having won the British Touring Car Championship in 2005, 2006 and 2011. Neal is a record 6 time BTCC Independents Champion having won the title in 1993, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2005 and 2006, he is a race winner in the European Touring Car Championship. He is 6' 6" tall, making him entirely unable to race single-seaters, he is the Group Marketing Director at Rimstock, the alloy wheel manufacturer founded by his father Steve. Born in Stourbridge, Neal started out in Motocross but moved into cars in 1988, driving in the Ford Fiesta XR2i category, he was the British Group N Champion in 1990 and 1991. He co-drove a BMW M3 to victory at the 1990 Willhire 24 Hour race at Snetterton. Neal made his BTCC debut with Pyramid Motorsport at the Silverstone round of the 1991 BTCC season driving a BMW M3, he finished 13th in his first race before returning to the series two rounds at Oulton Park with the Auto Trader Techspeed Team in another BMW M3.
After that race he would race for the team two rounds at Donington Park. For 1992 he joined his father's Team Dynamics team driving the BMW M3 which Will Hoy had taken to the championship title the year before until the car was badly damaged forcing Neal to switch to the new BMW 318 for the final race of the season, he won the Total Cup for drivers without manufacturer support in 1993, before joining Mazda for a season cut short by a huge crash in round five at Silverstone. He rejoined Dynamics for 1995, remaining for several years and he humbled the big names, as well as winning the Independents' title three further times in 1995, 1999 and 2000. In 1999 he caused a sensation by winning a race at Donington Park in a Nissan Primera, the first Independent to do so in the modern era, winning him a £250,000 prize, he took a further win a year having been considered a driver to cause a surprise in the championship. The championship's regulations changed for 2001, Neal joined Peugeot Sport UK before sitting out most of the season to race in the European Touring Car Championship.
After racing in one round of the British Touring Car Championship, Neal switched to the European Touring Car Championship's Super Touring category with RJN Motorsport and their Nissan Primera starting with Round 5 at Magny-Cours. He finished the championship placed 14th in the drivers standings on 266 points, taking one win in the final round in Portugal, he returned with egg:sport in 2002 driving a Vauxhall Astra Coupé alongside Paul O'Neill. He finished 3rd in the championship, ahead of his teammate on 145 points. A one-off appearance in the ASCAR championship at the end of 2002 saw him running as teammate to his future rival Jason Plato. For 2003 he switched to Honda Racing to drive a Honda Civic Type R, the start of long and undisturbed relationship with Honda. Once again he finished 3rd in the championship ahead of teammates Tom Alan Morrison. Neal rejoined Team Dynamics, finishing 5th in the overall Drivers Championship and 4th in the Independents Championship. For 2005 the team developed a Honda Integra from its basic road-going form, an unusual move as independent teams have raced ex-works cars, but the team's efforts were rewarded as Neal took the drivers' title in the last round at Brands Hatch.
Dynamics, as Team Halfords clinched the Teams and Independent Teams Championships. Neal finished every single race in the points, the first driver to do so since the calendar expanded to 30 races per year. In 2006, Neal drove the No. 1 Honda Integra and captured the championship again with a string of consistent finishes. After 2 years without a mechanical failure, Neal had a suspension failure before the start of the final race. BTC-spec cars such as the Integra were no longer eligible for the main 2007 title, so Dynamics switched to a Honda Civic, using some of their existing running gear but doing development themselves. Neal won the third race of the season, but overall the SEAT and Vauxhall entries were faster, leaving Neal unable to fight for the title. A huge crash in race 1 of the second meeting at Brands Hatch left him hospitalised, he attracted controversy during the season's final race, in which Fabrizio Giovanardi and Jason Plato fought for the drivers' title. Having signed on as a Vauxhall driver for 2008, Neal let Vauxhall drivers Giovanardi and Tom Chilton through without a fight, but did not do the same for SEAT driver Jason Plato, ensuring Giovanardi would win the title.
In his first year for VX Racing in 2008, he took just one win at Rockingham, while teammate Giovanardi took five wins on the way to retaining his title. Neal finished the year 5th in the standings. After a strong start to 2009, winning the opening race at Brands Hatch, he failed to win again all season, finishing fourth in the standings behind Giovanardi. Neal returned to Team Dynamics for the 2010 season, now racing under the Honda Racing banner alongside former teammate Gordon Shedden. Neal lost out in the drivers championship to Jason Plato late in the season but he helped Honda Racing take the Manufacturers and Teams Championships. Neal stayed with Honda in 2011, with the Honda Civic now using a 2.0 NGTC Honda engine built by Neil Brown Engines. For much of the season the Civics had an advantage over the rest of the field and after a fought title battle with his teammate, Neal took his third drivers' title – after 2005 and 2006 – for the Honda Racing team at the final round at Silverstone, this helping his team to secure the Manufacturers and Constructors title
Daniel Neal was an English historian. Born in London, he was educated at the Merchant Taylors' School, at the universities of Utrecht and Leiden. In 1704 he became assistant minister, in 1706 sole minister, of an independent congregation worshipping in Aldersgate Street, afterwards in Jewin Street, where he remained until his death, he married Elizabeth Lardner, by whom he had one son and two daughters. In 1720 Neal published his History of New England, which obtained for its author the honorary degree of MA from Harvard College, he undertook to assist Dr John Evans in writing a history of Nonconformity. Evans, died in 1730, making use of his papers for the period before 1640, Neal wrote the whole of the work himself; this History of the Puritans deals with the time between the Protestant Reformation and 1689. The first volume was attacked in 1733 for unfairness and inaccuracy by Isaac Maddox, afterwards bishop of St Asaph and bishop of Worcester, to whom Neal replied in a pamphlet, A Review of the principal facts objected to in the first volume of the History of the Puritans.
The History of the Puritans was edited, in five volumes, by Dr Joshua Toulmin, who added a life of Neal in 1797. This was reprinted in 1822, an edition in two volumes was published in New York in 1844. Bracy V. Hill II: Faithful Accounts? The Hampton Court Conference and The King James Bible in Early Eighteenth-Century Dissenting Histories. In: Reformation 16, 2011. S. 113-144. Online: <https://web.archive.org/web/20160518203311/http://essential.metapress.com/content/t524766nn78131p0/fulltext.pdf> Bracy V. Hill II: Suffering for their Consciences: The Depiction of Anabaptists and Baptists in the Eighteenth-Century Histories of Daniel Neal. In: Welsh Journal of Religious History 5, 2010. S. 84-113. Reprint Online In "The Baptist History & Heritage" 9, no. 3: 39-67: <http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Suffering+for+their+consciences%3a+the+depiction+of+anabaptists+and...-a0393654230> Laird Okie: Daniel Neal and the "Puritan Revolution". In: Church History 55:4, 1986. S. 456-467. Laird Okie: Neal, Daniel. In: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004.
Online: <http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/19817> John Seed: Dissenting Histories: Religious Division and The Politics of Memory in Eighteenth-Century England. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh 2008. ISBN 0748621512 Joshua Toulmin: Memoir of the Life of Daniel Neal, A. M.. In: Daniel Neal: The History of the Puritans, or Protestant Nonconformists. Hrsg. von Joshua Toulmin, durchgesehen und annotiert von John O. Choules. Harper & Brothers, New York 1843. Walter Wilson: The History and Antiquities of Dissenting Churches and Meeting Houses, in London and Southwark: Including the Lives of Their Ministers, from the Rise of Nonconformity to the Present Time: With an Appendix on the Origin and Present State of Christianity in Britain. 4 Bände. W. Button, London 1814. Bes. Band III, S. 91ff
Lorenzo LaVonne Neal is a former American football fullback who played in the National Football League for sixteen seasons. Neal played college football for Fresno State University, he was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the fourth round of the 1993 NFL Draft. A four-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All-Pro, he was a member of the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, Cincinnati Bengals, San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Oakland Raiders. Considered one of the best blocking fullbacks in NFL history, Neal blocked for a 1,000+ yard running back in eleven straight seasons from 1997 to 2007. Neal attended Lemoore High School in Lemoore and was a letterman in football and wrestling, he set many rushing records for the Tigers football team with over 2,000 yards in rushing in a season, which would be broken by Nick Sula. In wrestling, he won a state championship as a senior. Neal still owns the California state record for fastest pin in a match against Michael Weisser. Neal attended Fresno State University, where he played for the Fresno State Bulldogs football team from 1989 to 1992.
During his four college seasons, he rushed for 2,405 yards. He was an All-Big West selection his senior seasons, he placed seventh, earning All-American honors at the 1992 NCAA wrestling tournament in the 275 lb. heavyweight class. Neal finished his career as the school’s second-leading rusher with 2,405 yards and played in the Japan Bowl All-Star Game, he defeated a sumo wrestler in an exhibition match in Japan during the Japan Bowl. He graduated with a degree in criminal justice. In 1991, he ran for 837 yards and 8 touchdowns. In 1992, he ran for 10 touchdowns. Neal was selected in the fourth round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints. Neal, as a halfback made his NFL debut on September 5, against the Houston Oilers and led the team in rushing with 13 carries for 89 yards, it was his first of two starts as a rookie. Just seven days he suffered a season-ending ankle injury during a road game against the Atlanta Falcons. On September 15, he was placed on Injured Reserve, ending his season.
He was told he would not be able to run as he had before, so his coaches proposed the idea that he be switched to fullback. In 1994, he set career high with 30 carries for 90 yards and one touchdown. In 1995, he caught a career-long 69-yard touchdown pass during a road game against the New England Patriots on December 3. In 1996, he set career highs with 31 receptions for 194 receiving yards in his last season with the Saints. In 1997, Neal signed with the New York Jets, on March 31. In his one season with the team, he helped running back Adrian Murrell rush for 1,086 yards. On March 12, 1998, Neal was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a fifth-round pick. In his season in Tampa Bay, he helped, he was released by the Buccaneers on February 11, 1999. On March 23, 1999, Neal signed with the Tennessee Titans. Where during his first season with the team, he helped Eddie George rush for 1,304 yards in the regular season, two 100-yard games in the playoffs. Neal helped run the "Music City Miracle," against the Buffalo Bills en route to an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIV against the St. Louis Rams.
He was selected to USA Today’s All-Joe team. In 2000, Neal helped George rush for 14 touchdowns. Neal was named the "NFL's Best Blocking Fullback" by the Sporting News, he was named to Sports Illustrated's midseason All-Pro team. He was named a Pro Bowl third-alternate, he was released by the Titans on March 1, 2001. After two seasons with the Titans, one Super Bowl appearance, Neal signed with the Cincinnati Bengals on May 8, 2001, where in his first season with the team, he helped Corey Dillon rush for 1,315 yards. After the season, Neal was named to USA Today's All-Joe team, he was selected as a Pro Bowl second-alternate. In 2002, Neal helped Dillon rush for 1,311 yards, he recorded a one-yard touchdown reception, against his former team, the Tennessee Titans on October 27. He was selected to his first Pro Bowl. On March 3, 2003, Neal signed with the San Diego Chargers and began the longest stint of his career, with one team, five seasons. During his first season blocking for LaDainian Tomlinson, he helped him rush for 1,645 yards and the team to rush for a total of 2,146 yards.
Tomlinson became Neal's fifth 1,000 yard rusher. He scored his first touchdown of the season on a three-yard run on the road against the Oakland Raiders on September 28, he carried the ball three times for seven yards in short yardage situations against the Baltimore Ravens on September 21, all three of which resulted in first downs. He recorded a season-high seven carries for 22 yards on the road against the Cleveland Browns on October 19. For the season, he was named to USA Today's All-Joe team, as well as a Pro Bowl First-alternate. In 2004, Neal helped Tomlinson rush for the Chargers rush for 2,185 yards as total. Neal recorded a 12-yard kickoff return against his former team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on December 12, he was named Chargers Alumni Player of Week after rushing four times for season-high 16 yards on the road against the Browns on December 19. He was, once again, he was named a Pro Bowl first-alternate, once again. The 2005 season began with an historic moment in Neal's career, he played in his 200th career game, in the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
A game in which he recorded three carries on all resulting in first downs. For the season he was named a Pro Bowl starter, he was named to the "All-Interview" team by NFL.com. On October 28, 2005, he s
Stephen Matthew Neal is a former American football guard who played his entire career for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He is a former world champion in freestyle wrestling, national champion amateur and collegiate wrestler at Cal State-Bakersfield, he was signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2001, won three Super Bowl rings with the team. He is one of a handful of NFL players. Neal attended San Diego High School in San Diego and was a letterman in football, swimming and track and field. In wrestling, as a senior, he posted a 45–2 record and placed fourth at the California State Wrestling Tournament in the 189-pound weight class. In 1995, he defeated future NFL running back Ricky Williams. Neal attended California State University and became one of the top wrestlers in the nation, compiling a 156–10 record with four All-American seasons, he placed fourth in NCAA Division I as a freshman and second as a sophomore before winning titles his junior and senior year.
In 1997, in his sophomore season, Neal lost to two time heavyweight champ Kerry McCoy. The 1998 campaign saw Neal win his first NCAA heavyweight title 20-5 over Trent Hynek of Iowa St, his final title in 1999 came via a win over future NCAA wrestling champion, WWE champion, UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. In 1999, Neal won the Dan Hodge Award following a year in which he won the U. S. Freestyle Championship, the Pan-American Games title and the 1999 World Wrestling Championships at 286 pounds. In 1999, he won the FILA outstanding wrestler award, an honor given to the best wrestler in the world, his 1999 season led up to the 2000 Summer Olympics trials where Kerry McCoy edged him for the trip to Sydney, Australia. After the trials, Neal retired from wrestling. Neal set Pac-10 Conference records by finishing 34–0 in conference competition, while becoming the conference's first four-time winner in the same weight class, second four-time winner ever, he finished his college career as Cal State-Bakersfield's career record holder in wins and set school records for pins in a season and a career.
While at Cal State-Bakersfield, Neal was a four-time Academic All-American and a four-time Pac-10 Academic All-Conference selection. Despite not playing football in college, Neal was signed by the New England Patriots on July 23, 2001 as an undrafted free agent, he was waived by the Patriots on August 26, 2001. The Philadelphia Eagles signed Neal to their practice squad on September 4, 2001; the Patriots re-signed Neal off the Eagles' practice squad on December 12, 2001, he was inactive for the final three games of his 2001 rookie season, as well as the playoffs and Super Bowl XXXVI. In 2002, Neal made the Patriots' 53-man roster out of training camp and spent the first four games of the season inactive before making his NFL debut as a reserve in Week 5; the next week against the Green Bay Packers, Neal made his first career start at guard, but suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in the game and was placed on injured reserve on October 23, 2002. The shoulder injury caused Neal to miss the entire 2003 season as well, after being placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list to start the season.
After playing in two games as a reserve to start the 2004 season, Neal went on to start the final 14 games of the season, earning his third Super Bowl ring with the team by winning Super Bowl XXXIX. Neal started all 16 games for the Patriots in 2005, re-signed with the team after testing the free agent market following the season. Neal started 13 games in 2006 at right guard, he would return in 2007 to play and start in only eight games due to injury, but started all three playoff games, including Super Bowl XLII. After beginning the 2008 season on the PUP list with a shoulder injury, Neal returned to play in the final 11 games of the season, starting the final nine games. In 2009, Neal missed time with the shoulder injury again, but started 12 games. In March 2010, Neal was re-signed to a two-year contract. Neal played in the first eight games of the 2010 season before being placed on injured reserve with the shoulder injury on December 2, 2010. Neal retired on March 2011 after filing his retirement papers with the league.
His cousin, Pete Thomas plays football. New England Patriots bio Stephen Neal's page at The National Wrestling Hall of Fame site
Dylan Jeremy Neal is a Canadian actor. He holds dual citizenship in the United States, he is known for his portrayal of the character Dylan Shaw on the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful, Doug Witter on Dawson's Creek, Detective Mike Celluci in the supernatural series Blood Ties. He played Aaron Jacobs on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. In 2013, Neal landed the lead role opposite Andie MacDowell in the Hallmark Channel's first scripted TV series, Cedar Cove; the series premiered on July 20, 2013, is based on the series of books by the same name, written by Debbie Macomber. In 2014, he sold a TV movie franchise to the newly rebranded Hallmark Movies and Mystery Channel and began writing, executive producing and starring as Henry Ross in Hallmark's original mystery series Gourmet Detective; as of 2018, Dylan continues to write and star in a variety of movies for Hallmark. Dylan Neal was born in Richmond Hill, Ontario, in 1969. Four months after his birth, his family moved to Ontario, he attended Appleby College in Oakville and wanted to become a professional squash player.
Neal transferred to T. A. Blakelock High School in Oakville for his last two years of schooling, it was there that he gained an interest in the Performing Arts and participated in his school's Drama Program. In light of his newfound passion and upon the advice of his Drama teacher, Neal decided he wanted to make a career of acting. Before becoming an actor, Neal was a caterer and delivered lunch baskets to private businesses in industrial areas around Toronto, he delivered pizzas for a living before making it as an actor. He has been passionate about furniture making. Neal is married to TV writer Becky Southwell who has co-written some of the Gourmet Detective films with him, they have two children together. Neal has said that, after finishing his work on The Bold and the Beautiful, he was concerned about his ability to find another acting job. "There are certain expectations--or a certain lack of expectations--of soap opera actors," he said. In 2007, Neal gained popularity among the sci-fi/fantasy genre fan base after taking on the role of Detective Mike Celluci in Lifetime's Canadian vampire fantasy show Blood Ties, in which he starred alongside Christina Cox and Kyle Schmid.
The producers of the show chose Neal and Schmid as the three leads of the show over other auditioning actors after observing the natural chemistry among the trio. Neal commented that fans compliment the three actors for their charming on-screen chemistry and camaraderie. Neal played the male lead opposite Andie MacDowell in the television series Cedar Cove for the Hallmark Channel. Neal plays a Philadelphia reporter, he played Bob Adams, stepfather to the main character Anastasia Steele, in the anticipated film adaptation Fifty Shades of Grey. Neal and his wife, Becky Southwell and produce their own projects through Southwell Neal Entertainment, they are the creative force behind the Gourmet Detective original films for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, based on the novels by Peter King. As of June 2017, Neal has made 4 TV movies based on the character. Dylan Neal on IMDb TV tome page Dylan Neal Acting Studio Dylan Neal on Twitter
Fannie Flagg is an American actress and author. She is best known as a semi-regular panelist on the 1973–82 versions of the game show Match Game and for the 1987 novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, adapted into the 1991 motion picture Fried Green Tomatoes, she was nominated for an Academy Award for the screenplay adaptation. Flagg lives in California and Alabama. Born Patricia Neal in Birmingham, Flagg is the only child of Marion Leona and William Hurbert Neal, Jr. Aside from a brief period on the Gulf Coast near the town of Point Clear, Flagg spent her childhood in the Birmingham area. Encouraged by her father, Flagg became interested in writing and performing at an early age, writing her first stage play when she was only 10 years old; as a teen, she entered the Miss Alabama pageant, where she won a scholarship to a local acting school for one year. After that, Flagg began co-hosting a locally produced "Morning Show" on WBRC-TV in Birmingham, but when she was denied a raise, she quit her job and decided to move to New York City.
As her acting career began, Flagg could not use her birth name professionally, as there was a well-known actress named Patricia Neal registered with Actors’ Equity. Having only an hour to choose a stage name, she selected the first name "Fannie" at the suggestion of her grandfather, who recalled it being used by many comediennes in the vaudeville circuit, "Flagg" at the suggestion of a friend. During the 1960s, Flagg began writing skits for the New York nightclub Upstairs at the Downstairs; when one of the performers got sick, Flagg went on in her place and caught the attention of Candid Camera creator Allen Funt, who happened to be in the audience that night. Soon after, Flagg was invited to be a staff writer on his show and became a performer as well. In 1978, Flagg won first place in fiction for a short story that she had written at the Santa Barbara Writer's Conference; the work became the basis for the novel Coming Attractions, published in 1981 following the deaths of her father and mother.
The book was reissued in 1992 under the title Flagg wanted to use, Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man. The autobiographical coming-of-age novel is written as a diary that starts in 1952 with an 11-year-old protagonist, Daisy Fay Harper. Daisy uses diary entries to tell the story of her alcoholic father's get-rich-quick schemes and her well-mannered mother; the book stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for 10 weeks. Her best-known novel, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe was published in 1987 and remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 36 weeks, it was praised by both Harper Eudora Welty. The novel is told in both past and present tense by the characters Ninnie Threadgoode and Evelyn Couch and focuses on the town of Whistle Stop, circa the 1920s and 1930s, it is about the unlikely bonds forged between women who have nothing in common except restlessness. Flagg subsequently wrote the screenplay based on that book, which became the 1991 film Fried Green Tomatoes; the movie garnered her a nomination for an Academy Award.
Fried Green Tomatoes starred Jessica Tandy, Kathy Bates, Mary Stuart Masterson, Mary-Louise Parker and Cicely Tyson. She has written Fannie Flagg's Original Whistle-Stop Café Cookbook, Welcome to the World, Baby Girl!, Standing in the Rainbow, A Redbird Christmas, Can't Wait to Get to Heaven, I Still Dream About You: A Novel, The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion. Her most recent book, The Whole Town's Talking, published by Random House, was released in November 2016. During the 1970s, Flagg was a fixture on game show panels, she is best known for her appearances on the game show Match Game. Her acting credits include the original Broadway production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and the following films: Some of My Best Friends Are... Five Easy Pieces, Stay Hungry and Crazy in Alabama, as well as minor roles in various television shows. In 1975 she appeared as the Amazon Doctor in the pilot for The New Adventures of Wonder Woman, she is known for being a regular on The New Dick Van Dyke Show, where for two seasons she played Mike Preston, sister to Van Dyke's character Dick Preston, for her role as Cassie Bowman in all 30 episodes of the 1980-81 sitcom version of Harper Valley PTA starring Barbara Eden.
She appeared several times as a victim of alien abduction on the talk show parody Fernwood 2 Night in 1977. During the 1960s and'70s, Flagg recorded two comedy albums with various skits that included many parodies of Lady Bird Johnson and Martha Mitchell. In addition to her multiple game show appearances, Flagg has been a guest on several talk shows over the years, including The Joey Bishop Show, The Dick Cavett Show, The Merv Griffin Show, The Johnny Cash Show, Dinah!, The Rosie O'Donnell Show. Flagg appeared on Good Morning America to share some recipes from her book A Redbird Christmas. Flagg has spoken publicly about being dyslexic, she has expressed the great challenge of being a writer, saying, "I was, am dyslexic and couldn't spell, still can't spell. So I was discouraged from writing and embarrassed." Though it was clear that she had an affinity for crafting stories, her dyslexia stalled any possible writing career through most of the 1970s. It wasn't until a teacher spotted a pattern in Flagg's misspelled written answers on Match Game and sent her a note that she understood she had a learning disability.
In fact, Flagg said she hadn't heard of the disorder until she received that note. Eventua