-Julia Child, whose maiden name was McWilliams, was born Aug. 15, 1912, in Pasadena, Calif.- She published the groundbreaking "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" in 1961. Her first editor was Judith Jones.-While an undergraduate at Smith College, the 6-feet-2-inch tall Child played basketball. -She joined the U.S. Office of Strategic Services -- the precursor of the CIA -- during World War II and was posted to Ceylon and later China, where she met her husband, Paul Child. Documents ...

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