Yes, Marie is very real and the brand name is a registered US Trademark.
Since 1980, Marie has crafted recipes using the habanero pepper, well before it was a household name. The undisputed "Queen of Habanero" sells her sauce in more than 30 different countries, the #1 Habanero Pepper Sauce in the world.
Marie, 80 years young, is hard at work every day at 8:00 AM. Three generations of family members report to Marie, who is in full command of day-to-day operations.
We speak to Ms. Marie each week, she is an active CEO.
From 1980 until 1994, Marie's sauces were sold under the brand name, Melinda's.