Debbi Fields is an amazing woman who started a small cookie business that became famous all over the United States. She was born on September 18, 1956. You may know her as Mrs. Fields from Mrs. Fields Cookies. Everybody thought that choosing a small cookie business for her job was crazy. Even when she was a child she dreamed of having a cookie business, she was so good at making cookies that everybody called her the "cookie kid." When Debbi was 13 she got a job as a first official female foul line catcher for the Oakland Athletics'. Her weekly salary was $5 and she used it buy real butter, real vanilla, and real chocolate chips to make cookies. Debbie established her cookie company in the 1977. She started her business in a place called Palo Alto, California. Today Mrs. Fields has over 650 locations in the United States, and over 65 international locations in 11 different countries. Mrs. Fields' stores were first known as Mrs. Field's Chocolate Chippery. She changed the name to Mr. Fields' Cookies so that she could sell other kinds of cookies.

Debbi herself said, "everybody said I couldn't do it, I didn't have a job, I didn't have money, I didn't have formal education, I just had a recipe, and a dream." Debbi Fields stuck to her dream and today her cookies make everyone smile!


Image courtesy of Mrs. Field's Cookies

By Alexandra and Rose, fourth grade, 2003