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Julia Child

h to seek permission to use images of Julia Child and/or excerpts of her work. Many of these rights are jointly held with other organizations like her publishers and the Schlesinger Library at The Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University who may also need to be contacted. Recently, the Foundation has been more active in protecting these posthumous rights. Well known for her opposition to endorsements, the Foundation follows a similar policy regarding the use of Julia's name and image for commercial purposes.[36]

Tributes & homages

The Julia Child Rose, known in the UK as the "Absolutely Fabulous" rose, is a golden butter/gold floribunda rose named after Child.[37][38][39]

On September 26, 2014, the US Postal Service issued 20 million copies of the "Celebrity Chefs Forever" stamp series, which featured portraits by Jason Seiler of five American chefs: Julia Child, Joyce Chen, James Beard, Edna Lewis, and Felipe Rojas-Lombardi.[40]

Awards and nominations

  • 1965: Peabody Award for Personal Award for The French Chef
  • 1966: Emmy for Achievements in Educational Television- Individuals for The French Chef
  • 1980: U.S. National Book Awards for Current Interest (hardcover) for Julia Child and More Company[17]
  • 1996: Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Service Show Host for In Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs
  • 2001: Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Service Show Host for Julia & Jacques Cooking at Home
  • 1972: Emmy for Special Classification of Outstanding Program and Individual Achievement – General Programming for The French Chef
  • 1994: Emmy for Outstanding Informational Series for Cooking with Master Chefs
  • 1997: Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Service Show Host for Baking with Julia
  • 1999: Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Service Show Host for Baking with Julia
  • 2000: Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Service Show Host for Julia & Jacques Cooking at Home

In popular culture

Child was a favorite of audiences from the moment of her television début on public television in 1963, and she was a familiar part of American culture and the subject of numerous references, including numerous parodies in television and radio programs and skits. Her great success on air may have been tied to her refreshingly pragmatic approach to the genre, "I think you have to decide who your audience is. If you don’t pick your audience, you’re lost because you’re not really talking to anybody. My audience is people who like to cook, who want to really learn how to do it." In 1996, Julia Child was ranked No. 46 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time.[41]

In music

  • The Bobs' 2013 song "Julia's Too Tall" (from the album Biographies) is an a cappella/rap retelling of Child's rise to prominence—including her early days working for the U.S. government as an intelligence research assistant ("Her time was well spent / She got acknowledgement / She even helped develop shark repellent!"). The title is a reference to her ineligibility for certain military service due to her height. ("She's too tall to be a spy / But not too tall to bake a pie...")

In film

  • Jean Stapleton portrayed Child in a 1989 musical, Bon Appétit!, based on one of Child's televised cooking lessons. The title derived from her famous TV sign-off: "This is Julia Child. Bon appétit!"
  • In 1993, Child was the voice of Dr. Juliet Bleeb in the children's film We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story.
  • In the film Mrs. Doubtfire Robin Williams, disguised as a woman, viewed Julia Child's videos in order to learn how to cook to keep up appearances of being an excellent nanny.
  • See Julie/Julia below.

In print

  • In 1966, Child was featured on the cover of Time with the heading, "Our Lady of the Ladle".

On television

  • She was the inspiration for the character "Julia Grownup" on the Children's Television Workshop program, The Electric Company (1971–1977).
  • In a 1978 Saturday Night Live sketch (episode 74[42]), she was parodied by Dan Aykroyd, who—as Julia Child—continued with a cooking show despite ludicrously profuse bleeding from a cut to his thumb, and eventually expired while advising, "Save the liver." Child reportedly loved this sketch so much she showed it to friends at parties.[23]
  • She was parodied on The Cosby Show in the 1984 episode "Bon Jour Sondra" by characters Cliff and Theo Huxtable.[43]
  • She appeared in an episode of This Old House as designer of the kitchen. This Old House was launched in 1979 by Russell Morash, who helped create The French Chef with Julia Child.[44]
  • In 1982, she was portrayed by John Candy in a sketch for Second City Television, "Battle of the PBS Stars," in which she took part in a boxing match against fellow PBS star Mr. Rogers, who was parodied by Martin Short. Julia lost the match after a taking multiple blows to the head from Rogers' puppet King Friday.[45]
  • In 2014, she was portrayed on Episode 5 of RuPaul's Drag Race (season 6) by Dan Donigan, known as Milk on the show, as part of the Snatch Game challenge.[46]


In 2002, Child was the inspiration for "The Julie/Julia Project," a popular cooking blog by Julie Powell that was the basis of Powell's 2005 bestselling book, Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen. The paperback version of the book was retitled Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously.[47][48][49] The blog and book, along with Child's own memoir My Life in France, in turn inspired the 2009 feature film Julie & Julia in which Meryl Streep portrayed Child. For her performance, Streep received an Academy Award for Best Actress nomination.

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. Child's editor, Judith Jones, said in an interview: "Flinging around four-letter words when cooking isn't attractive, to me or Julia. She didn't want to endorse it. What came through on the blog was somebody who was doing it almost for the sake of a stunt. She would never really describe the end results, how delicious it was, and what she learned. Julia didn’t like what she called 'the flimsies'. She didn't suffer fools, if you know what I mean."[50]

Works by Child

Television series

  • The French Chef (1963–1973)
  • Julia Child & Company (1978–1979)
  • Julia Child & More Company (1980–1982)
  • Dinner at Julia's (1983–1985)
  • The Way To Cook (1989) six one-hour videocassettes
  • A Birthday Party for Julia Child: Compliments to the Chef (1992)
  • Cooking with Master Chefs: Hosted by Julia Child (1993–1994) 16 episodes
  • Cooking In Concert: Julia Child & Jacques Pépin (1993)
  • In Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs (1994–1996), 39 episodes
  • Cooking in Concert: Julia Child & Jacques Pepin (1995)[51]
  • Baking with Julia (1996–1998) 39 episodes
  • Julia & Jacques Cooking at Home (1999–2000) 22 episodes
  • Julia Child's Kitchen Wisdom, (2000) two-hour special

DVD releases

  • Julia Child's Kitchen Wisdom (2000)
  • Julia and Jacques: Cooking at Home (2003)
  • Julia Child: America's Favorite Chef (2004)
  • The French Chef: Volume One (2005)
  • The French Chef: Volume Two (2005)
  • Julia Child! The French Chef (2006)
  • The Way To Cook (2009)
  • Baking With Julia (2009)


  • Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961), with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle
  • The French Chef Cookbook (1968)—ISBN 0-394-40135-2
  • Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume Two (1970), with Simone Beck—ISBN 0-394-40152-2
  • From Julia Child's Kitchen (1975)—ISBN 0-517-20712-5
  • Julia Child & Company (1978)—ISBN 0-345-31449-2
  • Julia Child & More Company (1979)—ISBN 0-345-31450-6
  • The Way To Cook (1989)—ISBN 0-394-53264-3
  • Julia Child's Menu Cookbook (1991), one-volume edition of Julia Child & Company and Julia Child & More Company—ISBN 0-517-06485-5
  • Cooking With Master Chefs (1993)—ISBN 0-679-74829-6
  • In Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs (1995)—ISBN 0-679-43896-3
  • Baking with Julia (1996)—ISBN 0-688-14657-0
  • Julia's Delicious Little Dinners (1998)—ISBN 0-375-40336-1
  • Julia's Menus For Special Occasions (1998)—ISBN 0-375-40338-8
  • Julia's Breakfasts, Lunches & Suppers (1999)—ISBN 0-375-40339-6
  • Julia's Casual Dinners (1999)—ISBN 0-375-40337-X
  • Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home (1999), with Jacques Pépin—ISBN 0-375-40431-7
  • Julia's Kitchen Wisdom (2000)—ISBN 0-375-41151-8
  • My Life in France (2006, posthumous), with Alex Prud'homme—ISBN 1-4000-4346-8
  • (collected in) American Food Writing: An Anthology with Classic Recipes, ed. Molly O'Neill (Library of America, 2007) ISBN 1-59853-005-4

Books about Child

  • Barr, Nancy Verde (March 28, 2008). Backstage with Julia: My Years with Julia Child. John Wiley and Sons.  
  • Fitch, Noël Riley (April 13, 1999). Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child. Random House Digital, Inc.  
  • Painter, Charlotte; Valois, Pamela (1985). Gifts of age: portraits and essays of 32 remarkable women. Chronicle Books.  
  • Reardon, Joan (December 1, 2010). As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  
  • Shapiro, Laura (August 1, 2009). Julia Child: A Life. Penguin.  
  • Spitz, Bob (August 7, 2012). Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child (end notes available on author's site). Alfred A. Knopf.  

Films about Child

  • Produced by WGBH, a one-hour feature documentary, Julia Child! America's Favorite Chef, was aired as the first episode of the 18th season of the PBS series American Masters (2004). The film combined archive footage of Child with current footage from those who influenced and were influenced by her life and work.[52][53]
  • Julie & Julia (2009) is a film adapted by Nora Ephron from Child's memoir My Life in France and from Julie Powell's memoir. Meryl Streep played Child; The film won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical or Comedy.
  • A film titled Primordial Soup With Julia Child was on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Life in the Universe gallery from 1976 until the gallery closed.
  • Keep On Cooking – Julia Child Remixed: A video produced for PBS by John D. Boswell (aka melodysheep) as part of the PBS Icons Remixed series in commemoration of Child's 100th birthday. Child's voice is auto-tuned to a melody derived from vocal samples, with synchronized video clips from Child's various television series.


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External links

  • Julia Child at the Internet Movie Database
  • Julia Child: Lessons with Master Chefs from PBS
  • Julia Child's Kitchen at the Smithsonian
  • Julia Child interview video at the Archive of American Television
  • The New York TimesCoverage of Julia Child in
  • Julia Child Papers.Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.
  • Videotape collection of Julia Child, 1979–1997: A Finding Aid.Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.
  • Audio collection of Julia Child, 1961–1995: A Finding Aid.Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.
  • Works by or about Julia Child in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
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