Julia Child was born in 1912 into a wealthy family. She went to the Katharine Branson School for Girls and graduated from Smith College in 1934.
In 1935, Child took a secretarial course at Packard Commercial School and quit when she found a job in NYC. She was later fired from the job.
Senior typist for the Research Unit of the Office of War Information Junior research assistant with the Secret Intelligence Branch of the Office of Strategic Services (CIA) Worked for them in India from 1944-1945, worked in China in 1946
1941: Child volunteered with the Pasadena Chapter of the American Red Cross to help prepare the country for war. She headed Department of Stenographic Services. She wanted to join the military (WAVES and WACs) but was rejected because of her height (too tall).
Child started Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and Culinary Arts in 1995. She Co-founded American Institute of Wine and Food in 1981. She won a Peabody award, an Emmy award and a daytime Emmy award. She also published several cookbooks. Child was awarded many honorary doctorate degrees from schools such as Harvard and Brown.
Child met Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, and they published Mastering the Art of French Cooking in 1961.
Post-war: married Paul Child (they met in India) Child had to move to Paris in 1948 for Paul’s work. She enrolled in the famous Le Cordon Bleu cooking school and began to take cooking seriously.
Child was approached by television executives to host a cooking show, The French Chef, based on her book when she moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was later aired on PBS.