Julia Child

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Born Pasadena, California
With the 1961 publication of her groundbreaking Mastering the Art of French Cooking (co-authored with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle), Julia Child launched a highly successful effort to demystify French cuisine by enabling American cooks "to create French dishes in American kitchens with American foods." The book sold more than 100,000 copies in its first year and also provided the springboard to Child’s improbable career in television. In February 1962, just four months after her cookbook’s release, Child appeared on a local interview program on WGBH in Boston and matter-of-factly prepared a mushroom omelet. Viewers were enchanted, and letters poured in asking for more opportunities to see Child in action. The result was the debut, on July 26, 1962, of The French Chef—the half-hour cooking show on public television that would make Julia Child a household name and a culinary icon.
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National Portrait Gallery
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© David A. Marlin, no reproduction without permission
David Marlin, born 16 Apr 1928
Julia Child, 15 Aug 1912 - 13 Aug 2004
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquired through the generosity of Ann M. Shumard in honor of Thomas D. Matteson
Gelatin silver print
Image: 35.1 x 27.4 cm (13 13/16 x 10 13/16")
Sheet: 35.4 x 27.9 cm (13 15/16 x 11")
Mat: 71.1 x 55.9 cm (28 x 22")
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