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Family: Famed "Biscuit Lady" Gravely Ill

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Family members report Loveless Cafe's Carol Fay Ellison, best known as the "Biscuit Lady," is in the hospital and gravely ill. Family members report Loveless Cafe's Carol Fay Ellison, best known as the "Biscuit Lady," is in the hospital and gravely ill.

By Nicole Ferguson

NASHVILLE, TENN.---The woman whose famous biscuits launched her onto the national stage is fighting for her life. Family members report Loveless Cafe's Carol Fay Ellison, best known as the "Biscuit Lady," is in the hospital and gravely ill.

 "She's got a very serious illness and it's something that's life-threatening and we're all just praying that she can get over it," said Loveless Cafe owner Tom Morales on Easter Sunday. "So other than that, the family's asked us for their privacy."

Ellison, who is in her mid-40s, began working at the Loveless Cafe as a teenager in 1979. Ellison is said to keep the secret behind her famous biscuit recipe.

"If you ask her what the secret is, she'll say "me," laughed Morales, who is serving as a family spokesperson.

Ellison gained national acclaim starting in 2003, when Morales and his team took over the cafe that was rumored to be shutting down after 50 years. It didn't take long for him to recognize that Carol Fay was the key to re-branding the Loveless image.

"She was the one genuine article that I found here out of everything. The sign and Carol Fay," said Morales.

From there, Ellison began making appearances on shows like the CBS Early Show, Conan O'Brien, The Ellen show and Martha Stewart, who was recently in town to visit the Loveless Cafe.

"She has certainly made this place famous. She is the keynote," said Williamson County Commissioner Bert Chalfant. Chalfant and his family ate Easter dinner at the Loveless Cafe where they've frequented over the past 50 years.

"Oh this is just real homecookin'. Ain't nothing' like it," said Chalfant, who says his prayers are with Ellison and her family. "We wish her the healing power that Easter brings."

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