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Happy Birthday, Julia Child

Bon appetit and happy birthday to the queen of the kitchen.

It was party time in 20 different cities where Julia Child's 90th birthday was celebrated Aug.1. However, she only could be in one place at a time. So, she chose San Francisco as party central.

CBS News Correspondent Sandra Hughes reports that Child's actual 90th birthday is Aug. 15. She will be in Maine that day, at a private gathering of family and friends. That's why the more public festivities started early.

The 40-year veteran of television is still feisty and cooking. As the "French Chef," she has had an impact on up-and-coming chefs and most food fads of the last four decades.

Child is and always will be a "back to basics" kind of cook. She uses real butter, real fat and real meat. She always followed some personal rules for not overindulging.

Child recommends taking small helpings, having no seconds or snacks, eating a little bit of everything and drinking modest amounts of good wine.

The money raised in the San Francisco bash and the parties in the other 19 cities will all be donated to an organization Child helped found, The International Association of Culinary Professionals (


  • Child was born Julia McWilliams in Pasadena, Calif., Aug. 15, 1912.
  • She graduated from Smith College in 1934 and graduated from the Cordon Bleu in Paris in 1950.
  • Child began "The French Chef" television series on WGBH-TV in Boston in 1963. She signed off every broadcast with the trademark line: Bon appetit.
  • Time Magazine placed Child on a 1966 cover and called her: "Our Lady of the Ladle."
  • Most know that Child is a tall woman; her exact height is 6 feet 2 inches tall.