FACS Success Profile of Julia Child

Brady Beck

Personal Background

Born: August 15, 1912 in Pasadena, California

Died of kidney failure on August 13, 2004 in Montecito, California

Education: Smith College with a major in English, and a grand diploma from Le Cordon Bleu cooking school.

Spouse: Paul Cushing Child 1946-1994 (death)

FACS Career

Julia's FACS related career was cooking, and she had many cooking show and specials on TV teaching french cooking to America, which was her goal with the book she had written with her friends in France, before moving back to America. She was given many awards for her cooking shows, and made more books following the series' success.


Julia was taught to cook while she was placed in France by the military with her husband Paul, and got her grand diploma from Le Cordon Bleu.


Up until her early thirties, Julia never cooked. She "had only ate." Her love for food and cooking was sparked by her husband, who introduced her to french cuisine, and she wanted to know how to make it because she loved it so much.

Secrets to Success

At first, Julia struggled with complex dishes she was tasked with, but with enough hard work and effort, and some encouragement from her husband, she surpassed her all male classmates quickly and graduated from Le Cordon Bleu.