Net Worth: $50'000'000
Julia Child was an American chef, author, and television personality who had a net worth of $50’000’000 at the time of her death (adjusted for inflation) in 2004. Her debut cookbook in 1961, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, is credited with popularizing French cuisine in America, and she later published 16 more cookbooks as well as the memoir My Life in France, which was published posthumously. Julia starred in numerous television shows, including The Emmy-winning “The French Chef” (1963-1973), “In Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs” (1995-1996), and “Julia & Jacques Cooking at Home” (1999-2’000). The child was portrayed in the 2009 Nora Efron-directed film Julie Julia by Meryl Streep. ” Table of Contentedly Life Career Personal Life Death and Legacy Awards and Nominations Early Life Julia Child was born Julia Carolyn McWilliams on August 15, 1912, in Pasadena, California. Her mother, Julia Weston, was the daughter of Massachusetts lieutenant governor Byron Curtis Weston and Her father, John McWilliams Jr. He, graduated from Princeton University. Julia had a younger brother John and a younger sister Dorothy. The child attended Polytechnic School and Katherine Branson School (a boarding School in Ross, California), and she played basketball, tennis, and golf during her youth. Julia majored in history at Smith College in Massachusetts After graduating from high school in 1934. The child did not learn to cook until her thirties when she met her future husband Paul – known for his sophisticated palate. After completing college, Julia moved to New York and took a job as a copywriter in W j. & J. Sloane’s advertising division. In 1942, she joined the Office of Strategic Services as a typist because she was too tall to enlist In the US Navy’s WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) or the Women’s Army Corps. Under General William J Child was later promoted to a top-secret researcher. Donovan was the head of OSS and worked as a clerk and assistant to the developer of shark repellent for the Emergency Sea Rescue Equipment Section at OSS. During her time at the OSS Secretariat, Julia received the Emblem of Meritorious Civilian Service. When too many OSS explosives were being attacked underwater by sharks, Child solved the problem by experimenting with various concoctions sprinkled near the explosives. Shark repellent is still used today. After attending the Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris, Julia studied with master chefs such as Max Bernard and joined a women’s cooking club called Le Circle DES Gourmets. There she met Simone Beck, who asked Child to work on a French cookbook for Americans, which she was writing with her friend noisette Borehole. In 1951 The trio began teaching Cooking classes for American women and a decade later published Mastering The Art of French Cooking, followed by Mastering The Art of French Cooking Volume Two in 1970. After The success of Mastering, The Art of French Cooking, Julia began writing magazine articles as well as a column for The Boston Globe. ” She published numerous cookbooks, including “The French Chef Cookbook” (1968), “Julia Child & Company” (1978), “Baking with Julia” (1996), “Julia’s Menus For Special Occasions” (1998), “Julia’s Breakfasts, Lunches & Suppers” (1999), and “Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home” (1999). In 1982, Child appeared on a book review show on a Boston TV station, and she got her own TV series after viewers enjoyed her cooking demonstration. The French Chef premiered in February 1963 on WGBH in Boston and aired 201 episodes over ten seasons. Julia then starred in “Julia Child & Company” (1978-1979), “Julia Child & More Company” (1979-1980), “Dinner at Julia’s” (1983-1984), “Cooking with Master Chefs: Hosted by Julia Child” (1993-1994), “In Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs” (1995-1996), “Baking with Julia” (1996-1998), and “Julia & Jacques Cooking at Home” (1999-2’000). In 1981 Child and the vintners Richard Graph and Robert Monday co-founded the American Institute of Wine Food to advance the appreciation and quality of Wine and Food. Three of the child’s shows were filmed in her kitchen in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and she agreed in 2001 to donate the kitchen to the Smithsonian institution’s National Museum of American History. C. In Lambertville, Pennsylvania, on 1 September 1946, Julia married Paul Cushing’s Child. Paul was stationed with The Office of Strategic Services in Andy Ceylon. They moved to Washington DC. C. After joining the United States Foreign Service, Paul was assigned as an exhibits officer in Paris. While in France, Julia took cooking classes at Le Cordon Bleu, graduating in 1951. Paul retired in 1961 and moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Paul died after a long illness In a nursing home In Lexington, Massachusetts, In 1994. Following her death, Julia launched The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and Culinary Arts in 2011 to further her far-reaching impact as a teacher and mentor. After she passed away in 2004, the Foundation began to make grants to nonprofit organizations and gave her the Julia Child Award. On August 13, 2004, Julia passed away in an assisted living community in Montevideo, California, from kidney failure. She was two days away from her 92nd birthday. The child was cremated, and her ashes were placed in an underwater mausoleum called the Neptune Memorial Reef near Key Biscayne, Florida. In 2014 the US Postal Service issued a set of Celebrity Chefs Forever stamps featuring Julia James Beard, Joyce Chen, Felipe Rojas-Lombardi, and Edna Lewis. Awards and Nominations Child was nominated for three Primetime Emmys, winning Achievements in Educational Television Individuals for “The French Chef” in 1966. Her other nominations were for Special Classification of Outstanding Program and Individual Achievement General Programming for “The French Chef” (1972) and Outstanding Informational Series for “In Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs” (1994). Julia won two Daytime Emmys Outstanding Service Show Hosts for “In Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs” (1996) and “Julia & Jacques Cooking at Home” (2001), and she earned two nominations In that category for “Baking with Julia” (1997 and 1999). In 1965, she received a Peabody Award for “The French Chef”, and she won a US National Book Award for Current Interest (hardcover) for “Julia Child and More Company” In 1980. In 2’000 Child received the Legion of Honor of the knights of France and became a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2003, she was awarded the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, and In 2007, she was inducted posthumously into the National women’s Hall of Fame. Julia received honorary doctorates from several universities, including Johnson Wales University, Brown University, and Harvard University.
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