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Published June 06, 2012, 10:17 PM

Things Have 'Calmed Down' for Viral Star Marilyn Hagerty, But Not Much

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - A lot has changed since Marilyn Hagerty went "viral" with her Olive Garden review. She's had multiple appearances on Anderson Cooper's show in addition to planning a book with famous chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - A lot has changed since Marilyn Hagerty went "viral" with her Olive Garden review.

She's had multiple appearances on Anderson Cooper's show in addition to planning a book with famous chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain.

It's safe to say Marilyn Hagerty hasn't let the fame get to her head. She's still in disbelief that this even happened but she's happy things have "quieted down" so she can go about her daily routine. Well, kind of.

It's been almost three months since she took the web by storm with her review of the Grand Forks Olive Garden.

But that doesn't mean the phone has stopped ringing.

"In the aftermath, life has calmed down. It was a lot of fun but very hectic," Hagerty said.

She says at times the fame was a little too much to handle.

"Letters that I got from people far and near. Some I know, some I don't," Hagerty said. "It was enough to convince me that I really wouldn't want to be famous."

She still wouldn't take it back because of the opportunity she's been given. Various appearances on Anderson Cooper, a book with chef Anthony Bourdain and possibly judging a food show in Los Aangeles.

She even managed to squeeze a cruise out of Anderson Cooper to explore Italy.

"So I can taste real Italian food," Hagerty said.

But Marilyn still doesn't get what all the fuss is about, especially why people want to sit where she sat when she had that famous Olive Garden meal of chicken fettucini alfredo and warm bread sticks.

"To me it's amusing, it's flattering of course. Most everyone in town knows who I am," Hagerty said.

Most everyone in the U.S. knows who Marilyn Hagerty is, and this time around she says she has time for late night host, Jay Leno, in case he still wants an interview.

Bourdain is going to compile the past 50 years of Marilyn's EatBeat reviews into a book that should come out next spring.

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