Julia Child

  • Birth Name: Julia Carolyn McWilliams
  • Birth Place: Pasadena, California, United States
  • Died: August 12, 2004
  • Profession: TV chef, Author

Fast Facts

  • Worked as a researcher in the Office of Strategic Services (a forerunner of the CIA) during World War II.
  • Began her groundbreaking series The French Chef at the age of 51 and went on to become the first PBS personality to win an Emmy.
  • Loved Dan Aykroyd's celebrated Saturday Night Live parody of her.
  • In 1993, she became the first woman to be inducted into the Culinary Institute Hall of Fame.
  • 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.


  • 1966, Emmy — Achievements in Educational Television: Winner
  • 1972, Emmy — Special Classification of Outstanding Program and Individual Achievement - General Programming: Nominee
  • 1994, Emmy — Outstanding Informational Series: Nominee
  • 1964, Peabody — Personal Award: Winner


  • Carolyn McWillams — Mother
  • John McWilliams — Father
  • Paul Child — Husband (deceased)
  • Dorothy Cousins — Sister


  • Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, United States (BA in History, 1934)