We love watching Auntie Fees’s DIY home-cooking videos because she is wildly unpredictable, and she gives zero fucks. Felicia O’Dell is way too real for the Cooking Channel.
We know Fee is hilarious, but we didn’t know much else about the South L.A. native’s past or personal life. Leave it to LA Times writer Esmeralda Bermudez to get the inside scoop on the expletive-loving YouTube cooking sensation.
Here’s 10 extraordinary facts we learned about Auntie Fee from Bermudez’s eye-opening story in today’s LA Times.
1. She’s still not sure how to log on to Facebook. Fee is generally confused about the internet. “In the beginning she wanted Hunter [her son and cameraman] to find the commenters’ home addresses so she could drive to their doorsteps and set them straight,” reports the Times.
2. Fee says “Lard is the Lord.” “I’ll marry lard,” she proclaims.
3. She learned how to cook (and how to hustle) from her father. Her father—a carpenter, plumber, and electrician—”ate everything he ever wanted and he lived to be 99,” reports Bermudez. “Out of 10 siblings, Fee was the most like him. She was bullheaded, she loved to cook, and she loved to curse.” Fee learned how to recreate her dad’s gumbo, hog headcheese, and red beans and rice by the age of nine.
4. Fee got pregnant at age 15. Her dad never forgave her.
5. Like most legends, she craves immortality. “Why do I gotta die?” Fee tells the LA Times. “Why can’t I just go blind or senile?”
6. She dropped out of high school senior year. After dropping out, she gravitated towards drugs. She became addicted to crack cocaine.
7. Fee served time in an Arkansas prison. She went to jail after getting busted for operating a drug ring out of her home, reports Bermudez.
8. After getting sober, Fee opened a housekeeping business. The Times reports, “She’d buy jean jackets for cheap and transform them with chains and beads. She’d glam up sandals with rhinestones and make soap dispensers shaped like stilettos.”
9. She’s a cheese wiz. “Kids and fat people like a lot of cheese,” she points out to Bermudez.
10. She calls her Facebook admirers her “penpals.” They call themselves her “Fee-mily.”
Bonus fact: Fee is game for “a book deal, a show, a movie perhaps.”
If you read one thing today (besides this), read the entire LA Times profile on Auntie Fee. Then watch “Auntie Fee’s Sweet Treats for the Kids” below.