She was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer during 2015. Lee won the Daytime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Lifestyle/Culinary Host for Semi-Homemade Cooking in 2012.
Furthermore, she was also nominated for the same award in 2009. However, she has an estimated net worth of around $ 20 million at present.
She's known for spicing up her shows (Money Saving Meals is the other one) with wacky costumes — she once dressed as Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes — and some of her signature lines are "Let's get cookin'! "Lee's Miss America-style good looks have probably not been a hindrance to the unbridled growth of her lifestyle empire, which includes her two Food Network shows, a magazine, 22 cookbooks, a memoir, and now housewares.
She dressed up as Cher ("My whole life, I wanted to be Cher," she has said), the Mad Hatter, Alice in Wonderland, and Lucille Ball.
She cheerfully admits she doesn't read much fiction, however, adding, "I think it's better if you come to it with a fresh perspective.""Why I have had such a huge career and why I have sold over four million books," says Lee, sitting back with a glass of red wine, "is that people can do what I share with them to do." Controversial among food purists, her culinary philosophy, known as "semi-homemade," says that 70 percent of a recipe may be store-bought food as long as 30 percent is fresh ingredients.
Her cooking style is unapologetically user-friendly. Products like Jiffy corn-muffin mix, Cool Whip, and canned frosting are among the recommended ingredients.
She had a rough childhood and after a beating by her mother, she moved in with her boyfriend, Duane.
Later, she lived with her father and his girlfriend after moving to Wisconsin.