Debbi Fields (born September 18, 1956) is the founder and spokesperson of Mrs. Fields Bakeries. Additionally, she has written several cookbooks and makes cookies. A resident of Memphis, Tennessee for over 16 years since she re-married in 1997, she moved to Nashville in 2014. Her late husband, Michael David Rose, was the former CEO/Chairman of Holiday Corp. and Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. He died of cancer on April 2, 2017 at the age of 75.
Debbi was born Debra Jane Sivyer in Oakland, California. Her father was a welder for the Navy and her mother was a housewife. She is the youngest of five daughters.
In 1969, Oakland Athletics owner Charles O. Finley introduced "ball girls" (young girls who would sit in foul territory near the baselines to retrieve baseballs grounded foul by batters) to major league baseball. Debbi, with the help of a sister who at the time was a secretary at the A's offices, was one of the first ones he hired. She was paid five dollars an hour and would use the money to buy ingredients for what would become her famous cookies. She instituted a "milk-and-cookies" break for the umpires.
In 1974, she graduated from Alameda High School at the age of 17. She was also voted homecoming queen her senior year. She attended Foothill College for two years, a community college in Los Altos Hills, California.
In 1976, at the age of 19, Debbi married 29-year-old Stanford graduate Randall Keith Fields (MA, Political Science, 1970), founder in the early '70s of the financial and economic consulting firm Fields Investment Group, taking the name she would soon use for her business.
Debbi began her business in 1977 in Palo Alto, California, and since it has grown into over 650 retail bakeries in the United States and over 80 in 11 different countries.
Debbi and Randy had five daughters, Jessica, Jenessa, Jennifer, Ashley, and McKenzie, but divorced in 1997. On November 29, 1997, she married Michael Rose. One of her five stepchildren from her marriage to Michael, Gabrielle Rose, swam for Brazil at the 1996 Summer Olympics.
Debbi began franchising in 1990, and, though she sold the business to an investment group in the early 1990s, she remains the company's spokesperson.