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Lunch lady is an American slang term for a woman who cooks and serves food in a school cafeteria. The equivalent British English term is " dinner lady" and is sometimes called a Cafeteria lady. Sometimes, a dinner lady also patrols the school playgrounds during the lunch breaks to maintain order.
Since the 1960s, lunch ladies have sometimes been caricatured as overweight, uncaring women with
hairnets, rubber gloves, glasses and moles.
Lunch ladies in popular culture [ edit ]
Miss Beazley from the Archie Comics franchise is a lunchlady. In
, Gladys serves as the cafeteria lady for the Muppet Theater's canteen. In Season Four, Gladys is replaced by Winny The Muppet Show
is a Dinnerladies British sitcom about dinner ladies, although set in an office complex rather than a school.
Lunchlady Doris is a lunch lady from . The Simpsons
Adam Sandler on did a song called "Lunch Lady Land" and accompanying skit with Saturday Night Live Chris Farley dressed up as a stereotypical lunch lady. The song appeared on Sandler's album . They're All Gonna Laugh at You!
directed by The Lunch Lady: A Documentary, Leslie Mello, chronicles the story of Sharon Adl Doost, who garnered notoriety for her daily " [1 ] menu hotline" recordings at the U.S. Geological Survey cafeteria. [2 ] The school lunch lady plays a key role in the plot of "
Earshot", an episode of . Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Rosa Petitjean is a fictional lunch lady of Kadic Junior High School in the French animated television series . Code Lyoko Edna is the highly unhygienic lunch lady for Bullworth Academy in the
video game . She often coughs, sneezes, and blows cigarette smoke on any food she prepares, believing it "adds flavor." She also is unconcerned about the opinions of Bully health inspectors. The band
The Darkness has a song named "Dinner Lady Arms" on their album . One Way Ticket to Hell... And Back "Lunch Lady Rose" is a psychic lunch lady in the
Nickelodeon TV series . Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide Ms. Sara Macgrady, the lunch lady for Lakewood Elementary School in the TV show
. Arthur Denise Martin, a contestant on
. Survivor: China In the
Nickelodeon animated television series, , the first villain that appears is the Lunch Lady Ghost (voiced by Danny Phantom Patricia Heaton in the first appearance, Kath Soucie in later appearances). She does not like any changes the cafeteria's meat-based menu and can also control food (namely meat), to the point of forming it around herself as a giant meat monster. In the series
, one of Johnny's enemies is a lunch lady. Johnny Test In the film "Scranna Nannas", by
ACT 2 CAM, the dinner ladies are sent to see a psychiatrist when they ask for a pay rise
Jarrett J. Krosoczka wrote and illustrated a Lunch Lady series of children's graphic novels beginning with Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute in 2009; a Universal Studios movie based on the series will feature Amy Poehler in the lead role. [3 ] [4 ] Although not a lunch
lady, Chef ( Issac Hayes) from is South Park Elementary's cafeteria chef. South Park
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