Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$38 million
Date Of BirthAugust 15, 1912
DiedAugust 13, 2004, Montecito, California, United States
SpousePaul Cushing Child
MarkHer TV-show signoff, "Bon appétit!"
FactShe served as the inspiration in the creation of the Muppet, "the Swedish Chef".
PaymentsEarned $50 /$200 per episode. from The French Chef (1962)


Julia Child was an American chef, author, and television personality. She is recognized for introducing French cuisine to the American public with her debut cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and her subsequent television series, The French Chef, which premiered in 1963.

Child was born on August 15, 1912, in Pasadena, California, to John McWilliams Jr., a land investor, and his wife, Julia Carolyn (née Weston). She had two older sisters, Dorothy and Sarah. Child was educated at the Katherine Branson School in Ross, California. She graduated from Smith College in 1934 with a bachelor’s degree in history and later studied at the Cordon Bleu in Paris.

Child began her culinary career as a research assistant at the Boston Cooking School. She later worked as a private chef for several years before opening her own cooking school, La Pitchoune, in Provence, France. In 1963, Child published her first cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, which became an instant classic. The book was followed by The French Chef television series, which aired on PBS from 1963 to 1973.

Child’s net worth was estimated at $38 million at the time of her death. She was married to Paul Child from 1946 until his death in 1994. The couple had no children.

General Info

Full NameJulia Child
Net Worth$38 million
Date Of BirthAugust 15, 1912
DiedAugust 13, 2004, Montecito, California, United States
Height1.88 m
ProfessionTV Personality, TV chef, Author, Copywriter, Cook
EducationSmith College, The Branson School, Le Cordon Bleu, Westridge School, Polytechnic School
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpousePaul Cushing Child
ParentsJohn McWilliams, Jr., Julia Carolyn Weston
SiblingsDorothy D. McWilliams Cousins, John McWilliams III

Accomplishments

AwardsPresidential Medal of Freedom, Peabody Award, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lifestyle/Culinary Host, James Beard Award for General Cooking, James Beard Award for Best National Television Cooking Show, James Beard Award for Chefs and Restaurants, James Beard Award for Best Culinary Video, Primet...
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Special Classification Of Outstanding Program Achievement, James Beard Award for Best T.V. Cooking Show
MoviesWe're Back! A Dinosaur's Story
TV ShowsJulia and Jacques Cooking at Home, The French Chef, Baking with Julia, Cooking with Master Chefs: Hosted by Julia Child, Sara’s Weeknight Meals, Julia & Jacques: More Cooking in Concert

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Marks

#Marks / Signs
1Towering height
2Her voice
3Ever-present enthusiasm
4Her TV-show signoff, "Bon appétit!"

Salary

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

Quotes

#Quote
1A cookbook is only as good as its poorest recipe.
2[on work] Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.
3My father was a conservative Republican. When "The New Yorker" published a profile of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, he canceled our subscription.

Facts

#Fact
1Pictured 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.
2Grand aunt of author/journalist Alex Prud'homme.
3Announced 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]
4She did not learn to cook until she was thirty-two years old.
5Mentor/friend of Sara Moulton.
6She was the first woman inducted into the Culinary Institute of America's Hall of Fame.
7She helped establish the American Institute of Wine and Food, and later, Copia: The American Center for Wine, Food, and the Arts.
8She was an active member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals.
9She 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.
10She is survived by her sister, Dorothy McWilliams Cousins, of Mill Valley, California and several nieces and nephews.
11She graduated from Smith College.
12Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 80-83. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
13Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, Volume 170, pages 56-60. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, Cengage Learning, 2008.
14When spoofed by Dan Aykroyd on Saturday Night Live (1975), she thought it was hilarious and kept a copy of the skit for herself.
15She served as the inspiration in the creation of the Muppet, "the Swedish Chef".
16During 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.
17During 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.
18On 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.
19Was a collector of rubber stamps.

Movies

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Julie & Julia2009book "My Life in France"
The Way to Cook: Meat1985Video documentary
The Way to Cook: First Courses & Desserts1985Video documentary
The Way to Cook: Fish & Eggs1985Video documentary
The Way to Cook: Poultry1985Video documentary
The Way to Cook: Soups, Salads & Bread1985Video documentary
The Way to Cook: Vegetables1985Video documentary

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story1993Dr. Bleeb (voice)

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon2013Documentary special thanks
Live Wire1992special thanks
Critters 31991special thanks
The Money Pit1986special thanks
Desperately Seeking Susan1985the filmmakers wish to thank

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cooking for Julia2004Documentary shortHerself
Julia & Jacques Cooking at Home2000TV SeriesHerself - Host
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996-1999TV SeriesHerself
Baking with Julia1997TV SeriesHerself
Divided Highways: The Interstates and the Transformation of American Life1997DocumentaryHerself
In Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs1995TV Series documentaryHerself
Julia Child and Graham Kerr: Cooking in Concert1995TV MovieHerself - Host
Good Morning America1980-1994TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with David Letterman1983-1993TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Alistair Cooke Salute1992TV MovieHerself
A Birthday Party for Julia Child: Compliments to the Chef1992TV Movie documentary
Angela1991TV SeriesHerself - Interviewee
Memory & Imagination: New Pathways to the Library of Congress1990TV Movie documentaryHerself
Reading Rainbow1990TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1985-1990TV SeriesHerself
Live with Kelly and Michael1990TV SeriesHerself
Hour Magazine1982-1985TV SeriesHerself
The Way to Cook: Meat1985Video documentaryHerself - Host
The Way to Cook: First Courses & Desserts1985Video documentaryHerself - Host
The Way to Cook: Fish & Eggs1985Video documentaryHerself - Host
The Way to Cook: Poultry1985Video documentaryHerself - Host
The Way to Cook: Soups, Salads & Bread1985Video documentaryHerself - Host
The Way to Cook: Vegetables1985Video documentaryHerself - Host
The Mike Douglas Show1975-1980TV SeriesHerself - Chef
Julia Child & Company1978TV SeriesHerself - Host
The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1978TV SpecialHerself
Today1974TV SeriesHerself
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood1974TV SeriesHerself
The French Chef1962-1972TV SeriesHerself - Host / Herself
Evening at Pops1971TV Series documentaryHerself
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHerself
NET Festival1968TV Series documentaryHerself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Trisha's Southern Kitchen2014TV SeriesHerself
Food Network's 20th Birthday Party2013TV Movie documentaryHerself
Food(ography)2010TV SeriesHerself
Secret Ingredients: Creating Julie & Julia2009Video shortHerself (uncredited)
Cinema 32009TV SeriesHerself
At the Table with...2007-2008TV Series documentaryHerself
American Masters2004TV Series documentaryHerself
Inside the White House1995TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Money Pit1986Herself (uncredited)
The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1981TV SpecialHerself

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2001Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Service Show HostJulia & Jacques Cooking at Home (2000)
1996Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Service Show HostIn Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs (1993)
1966Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsAchievements in Educational Television - IndividualsThe French Chef (1962)
1965Personal AwardPeabody AwardsThe French Chef (1962)

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2000Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Service Show HostJulia & Jacques Cooking at Home (2000)
1999Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Service Show HostBaking with Julia (1996)
1997Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Service Show HostBaking with Julia (1996)
1994Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Informational SeriesIn Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs (1993)
1972Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsSpecial Classification of Outstanding Program and Individual Achievement - General ProgrammingThe French Chef (1962)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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