Julia Child

Active - 1963 - 2004  |   Born - Aug 15, 1912 in Pasadena, California, United States  |   Died - Aug 12, 2004 in Montecito, CA  |   Genres - Leisure Arts [nf]

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  • Worked as a researcher in the Office of Strategic Services (a forerunner of the CIA) during World War II.
  • Attended the famous Le Cordon Bleu cooking school.
  • Her seminal cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, took over 10 years to perfect before it was published.
  • Began her groundbreaking series The French Chef at the age of 51; became the first PBS personality to win an Emmy.
  • Loved Dan Aykroyd's celebrated Saturday Night Live parody of her.
  • Cofounded the American Institute of Wine & Food in 1981.
  • In 1993, became the first woman to be inducted into the Culinary Institute Hall of Fame.
  • Was granted an honorary doctorate from Harvard University.
  • Received France's highest honor, the Legion d'Honneur, in 2000; and America's highest civilian honor, the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 2003.
  • Adamantly refused endorsement and promotional deals throughout her career.
  • Donated her Massachusetts home kitchen and its utensils to the Smithsonian Institution in 2001.