"I always wanted a restaurant all of my life. My first job ever was in a restaurant after I left the laundry. Shaking out sheets didn't work for me." — Chef Leah Chase, describing what she told Disney executives who came to interview her at her legendary restaurant, Dooky Chase. The producers of the animated feature The Princess and the Frog subsequently used autobiographical details of Ms. Chase's life to create the character of Princess Tiana, the first African-American princess in Disney history.