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Julia McWilliams Child (August 15, 1912 - August 13, 2004) was born in Pasadena, California to a well-to-do family and grew up to be a world-famous chef, writer, and television star who brought French cuisine to the average American, first with her cookbooks, including “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” and then with her television programs. She started out in the Office of Strategic Services during World War II, which is where she met her future husband, Paul Child. They were married in 1946, and he was her introduction to fine cuisine. She died of kidney failure in Montecito, California.

 

 

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