Julia Carolyn McWilliams Child

Portrait
Born: Aug 15, 1912 AD
Died: 2004 AD, at 91 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Chef


1912 - Born in Pasadena, California on the 15th of August.

 

1934 - She moved to New York City and worked as a copywriter for the advertising department of upscale home furnishing firm W. & J. Sloan. 

 

1937 - She returned to California. 

 

1940 - She began studying French cooking while living in Paris.

 

1941 - She volunteered with the American Red Cross and, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, joined the Office of Strategic Services after being turned down by the United States Navy for being too tall. 

 

1944 - She was posted to Kandy, Ceylon, where she met her future husband, a high-ranking OSS cartographer, and later to China, where she received the Emblem of Meritorious Civilian Service as head of the Registry of the OSS Secretariat.

 

1946 - She was married on the 1st of September to Paul Cushing Child, a man known for his sophisticated palate. who came from a prominent Boston family and who had lived in Paris as an artist and poet.

 

1948 - They moved to Paris after the U.S. State Department assigned Paul Child as an exhibits officer with the United States Information Agency in Paris, France.


1950 - She was an early and persistent critic of McCarthyism.

 

1961 - Mastering the Art of French Cooking was published, and its success helped launch a cooking show on PBS television.

 

1966 - She was featured on the cover of Time magazine with the heading.

 

1970-1980 - She was the star of numerous television programs, including Julia Child & Company and Dinner at Julia's. 

 

1978 - She was affectionately parodied by Dan Aykroyd, continuing with a cooking show despite profuse bleeding from a cut to the thumb.

 

1981 - She founded the educational American Institute of Wine and Food in Napa, California with vintners Robert Mondavi and Richard Graff to "advance the understanding, appreciation and quality of wine and food", a pursuit she had already begun with her books and television appearances.

 

2000 - She received the French Legion of Honor.

 

2001 - She moved to a retirement community in Santa Barbara, California, donating her house and office to Smith College.

 

2003 - She received the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 

2004 - On the 13th of August, she died peacefully in her sleep of kidney failure at her home in Santa Barbara, at the age of 91. Her final meal was French onion soup.
 

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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