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Overview (5)

Born in Pasadena, California, USA
Died in Montecito, California, USA  (complications of kidney failure)
Birth NameJulia Carolyn McWilliams
Nicknames Juke
Jukies
Juju
Jukake
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Julia Child was born on August 15, 1912 in Pasadena, California, USA as Julia Carolyn McWilliams. She was a writer, known for Julie & Julia (2009), The French Chef (1962) and We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993). She was married to Paul Child. She died on August 13, 2004 in Montecito, California.

Spouse (1)

Paul Child (1 September 1946 - 1 May 1994) (his death)

Trade Mark (4)

Her TV-show signoff, "Bon appétit!"
Ever-present enthusiasm
Her voice
Towering height

Trivia (20)

Was a collector of rubber stamps.
On August 19, 2002, her kitchen was opened as an exhibit at the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC. The exhibit ran until February 2004 and became part of the museum's permanent collection.
During WWII, she held a job with the Office of Strategic Services, a forerunner of the CIA. She started as a clerk and rose to the rank of registrar. Her position put her in control of top secret and other highly sensitive documents.
During World War II, she was part of the team of people who invented shark repellent. Julia's shark repellent is still used by the U.S. Navy.
She served as the inspiration in the creation of the Muppet, "the Swedish Chef".
When spoofed by Dan Aykroyd on Saturday Night Live (1975), she thought it was hilarious and kept a copy of the skit for herself.
Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, Volume 170, pages 56-60. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, Cengage Learning, 2008.
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 80-83. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
She graduated from Smith College.
She is survived by her sister, Dorothy McWilliams Cousins, of Mill Valley, California and several nieces and nephews.
She was awarded the French Legion of Honor in 2000 for her services to French culinary arts and the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom 2003.
She was an active member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals.
She helped establish the American Institute of Wine and Food, and later, Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food, and the Arts.
She was the first woman inducted into the Culinary Institute of America's Hall of Fame.
Mentor/friend of Sara Moulton.
She did not learn to cook until she was thirty-two years old.
Announced that she plans to move into a Montecito, California retirement home in November 2001. Is donating her Cambridge, Massachusetts home to her alma mater, Smith College. [July 2001]
Grand aunt of author/journalist Alex Prud'homme.
Pictured on one of a set of five nondemominated USA commemorative postage stamps honoring Celebrity Chefs, issued 26 September 2014. Price on day of issue was 49¢. Others honored in this set are James Beard, Joyce Chen, Edna Lewis, and Felipe Rojas-Lombardi.
Was portrayed by Meryl Streep in the film "Julie and Julia".

Personal Quotes (3)

My father was a conservative Republican. When "The New Yorker" published a profile of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, he canceled our subscription.
[on work] Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.
A cookbook is only as good as its poorest recipe.

Salary (1)

The French Chef (1962) $50 /$200 per episode.

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