21 Facts About Julia Child

1. In 2000 Julia Child won the Legion d'Honneur, France's highest honor.

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2. Julia Child lost her lifelong friend and career partner when her husband died in 1994.

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3. Julia Child quickly came to appreciate the French way of life, especially French food.

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4. In 1930 Julia Child went to Smith College in Massachusetts, where she majored in history.

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5. Julia Child was born to a well-to-do family in Pasadena, California, on August 15, 1912.

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6. Julia Child passed away in 2004, two days before her 92nd birthday.

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7. Julia Child died in August 2004 of kidney failure at her assisted-living home in Montecito, California, two days before her 92nd birthday.

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8. In 2001, Julia Child donated the kitchen that Paul designed in their Cambridge, Massachusetts home to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

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9. Julia Child spent her early years working for what would become the Central Intelligence Agency.

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10. Julia Child repeatedly credited one meal with spurring her interest in fine foods: a lunch in the French city of Rouen that she and Paul enjoyed en route to their new home in Paris.

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11. Julia Child took a position at the Office of Strategic Services, which was basically the CIA 1.0.

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12. Julia Child was much more than just a bestselling cookbook author and chef.

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13. Julia Child is reported to have been unimpressed by Powell's blog, believing Powell's determination to cook every recipe in Mastering the Art of French Cooking in a year to be a stunt.

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14. In 1995, Julia Child established The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and Culinary Arts, a private charitable foundation to make grants to further her life's work.

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15. In 2007, Julia Child was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

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16. In 2000, Julia Child received the French Legion of Honour and was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2000.

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17. All of Julia Child's books during this time stemmed from the television series of the same names.

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18. Julia Child had a large impact on American households and housewives.

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19. Julia Child translated the French into English, making the recipes detailed, interesting, and practical.

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20. Julia Child joined the United States Foreign Service, and in 1948 the couple moved to Paris when the US State Department assigned Paul there as an exhibits officer with the United States Information Agency.

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21. In high school, Julia Child was sent to the Katherine Branson School in Ross, California, which was at the time a boarding school.

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