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Julia Child

Born: August 15, 1912, Pasadena, California
Died:
August 13, 2004 (age 91), Santa Barbara, California

Julia ChildJulia Child (born Julia Carolyn McWilliams) was an American cook, author, and television personality, who introduced French cuisine and cooking techniques to the American mainstream, through her many cookbooks and television programs. Her most famous works are the 1961 cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking and, showcasing her sui generis television persona, the series The French Chef, which premiered in 1963.

What do you know about Julia Child? Cook up this Quick Quiz.

1. Julia Child was a famous American cook, author, and television personality, who introduced French cuisine and cooking techniques to the American mainstream, through her many cookbooks and television programs. On August 13, 2008 what did we learn about Julia?

  • She was a spy
  • She was never married to Paul Child
  • She was the adopted daughter of John and Julia Carolyn ("Caro") McWilliams

2. What was Julia’s first TV series, that premiered on February 11, 1963?

  • I Spy
  • I Lead Three Lives
  • The French Chef

3. In 1934, she graduate from college. What was the college?

  • USC
  • Smith College
  • Salem College

4. In 1944 she was posted to Kandy, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), where she met her future husband, a high-ranking OSS cartographer.

  • True or False?

5. In 1948, they moved to Paris after the US State Department assigned Paul Child as an exhibits officer with the United States Information Agency in Paris, France. What school did she attend?

  • Le Cordon Bleu
  • Cambridge University
  • The School of the Three Gourmands

6. In 1961, Mastering the Art of French Cooking was a best-seller. Who was NOT a co-author with Julia?

  • Graham Kerr
  • Simone Beck
  • Louisette Bertholle

7. In 1966, she was featured on the cover of Time magazine with the heading, "Our Lady of the Ladle".

  • True or False?

8. In a 1978 Saturday Night Live sketch, she was affectionately parodied by Dan Aykroyd, continuing with a cooking show despite profuse bleeding from a cut to the thumb. Who played her in the sketch?

  • Jean Stapleton
  • Meryl Streep
  • Dan Aykroyd

9. Today, were can you find her kitchen?

  • Smith College
  • Smithsonian National Museum of American History,
  • WGBH Studio in Boston MA

10. What was her signature line?

  • "This is Julia Child. Bon appétit!"
  • “This is Julia Child. Good Night and Good Luck.”
  • “This is Julia Child. See you next time.”

11. Where is Julia Child buried?

  • Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, California
  • Oakwood Memorial Park, Chatsworth, California
  • Cremated, ashes scattered

Julia Child Answers

  1. She was a spy
  2. The French Chef
  3. Smith College
  4. True
  5. Le Cordon Bleu
  6. Graham Kerr
  7. True
  8. Dan Aykroyd
  9. Smithsonian National Museum of American History
  10. "This is Julia Child. Bon appétit!"
  11. Angels on your pillowCremated, ashes scattered

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