Julia Child

TV host, Chef, Cookbook author
Tall (6'2"), imposing, American culinary personality extraordinaire who has brought a regal, quasi-British authority and calorie-crammed delights to the American public for over three decades. After training as a French ... Read more »
Born: 08/15/1912 in Pasadena, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (24)

Good Morning America 1975 - 2014 (TV Show)

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This Old House 1980 - 2013 (TV Show)

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Baking With Julia 1996 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Emeril Lagasse: Bam! 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Graham Kerr: The Galloping Gourmet 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Julia Child's Kitchen Wisdom 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Martha Stewart: The Best of Everything 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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An American Feast 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Digital TV: A Cringely Crash Course 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Julia Child: An Appetite For Life 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Julia Child -- Cooking With Master Chefs 1993 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Martha Stewart's Home For the Holidays 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The Alistair Cooke Salute 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story 1993 (Movie)

of Dr Bleeb (Voice)

Nova 1990 - 1991 (Tv Show)

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The American Red Cross Emergency Test 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Julia Child & More Company 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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Julia Child & Company 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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The French Chef 1963 - 1973 (TV Show)

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Biography

Tall (6'2"), imposing, American culinary personality extraordinaire who has brought a regal, quasi-British authority and calorie-crammed delights to the American public for over three decades. After training as a French chef in Paris (and opening a cooking school soon afterwards) while her husband worked for the American Embassy, Child returned to the US in 1961. She made a guest appearance on a local Boston TV show, and was soon thereafter offered her own cooking instruction program. "The French Chef" became one of the longest running series in the history of public broadcasting and, along with her companion series, "Julia Child & Company," "Dinner with Julia" and "Julia & Jacques Cooking at Home" (with French chef Jacques Pepin), proved just how fascinating it can be to watch someone cook.

Relationships

Father
became wealthy through investments in real estate in California

Paul Child

Husband
married from September 1946 until his death in 1994 also a member of the OSS during WWII the two met while working together in China

EDUCATION

Smith College

Northampton, Massachusetts

Cordon Bleu

Paris 1949

Milestones

1993

Became first woman to be inducted into the Culinary Institute Hall of Fame

1992

Celebrated her 30th anniversary on PBS

1990

Appeared on "The American Red Cross Emergency Test"

1985

Hosted a series of six one-hour videotapes, "The Way to Cook"

1985

Aired a week-long special series, "Julia Child in Italy"; rebroadcast in 1986-87

1980

Appeared regularly as a correspondent and cooking editor on ABC's "Good Morning America"

1980

Was the first woman elected a member of the American chapter of the chef's society, La Commanderie des Cordons Bleus de France

1963

Debuted her long-running series on PBS, "The French Chef"

1961

Returned to the United States; settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts

1954

With Beck and Bertholle contracted to write cookbook, "French Cooking in America"; published in 1961

Opened a cooking school, L'Ecole des Trois Gourmandes, in France with partners Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle during the 1950s

Husband Paul Child joined the US state department after the war and was assigned to the Embassy in Paris; the couple lived there for six years during which Child studied French cooking

Served as a clerk in the OSS during WWII; met future husband who was a mapmaker

Has also hosted the TV series, "Julia Child & Company" and "Dinner with Julia"

Bonus Trivia

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Child also tours the country promoting the American Institute of Wine and Food, a non-profit organization of professionals and consumers concerned with the quality and safety of what people eat and drink.

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Child is a breast cancer survivor having undergone a mastectomy in 1969.

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Child is a sponsor of the International Culinary Fellowship.

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Child was a recipient of the George Foster Peabody Award, for "distinguished achievement in television" (1965)

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Child was awarded the Legion d'Honneur by the French government in November 2000.

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In November 2001, Gary Ibsen, the founder of TomatoFest in Carmel, California, announced that an organic tomato had been named in honor of the chef. A limited number of seeds for the Julia Child tomato would be sold with part of the proceeds going to The American Institute of Wine & Food.

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She is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

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She is a recipient of the L'Ordre de Merite Agricole that was awarded by the French government (1976)

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