‘Julia’: What Was Julia Child’s Net Worth? Iconic chef’s debut book has sold over 1.5 million copies

Julia Child was a cooking teacher, dynamic author and American television personality. Often considered a cultural pioneer, she was highly regarded for bringing French cuisine to the American public, thanks to her first book “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”. It was only a matter of time before she hit the big screen and quickly entered the playing field with her TV programs, including the most famous “The French Chef” which premiered in 1963 .

CNN has now chosen her as one of the most interesting subjects and presents a documentary about her on the channel on Memorial Day. Directed by Oscar-nominated directors Julie Cohen and Besty West, it’s titled “Julia” and will celebrate her life, her career as a chef, her books and how she became an undying icon.


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The highly anticipated documentary is complemented by top-notch food cinematography, never-before-seen footage, interviews and Julia’s life in brief. It will explore Julia’s love for cooking and 10 years of her life simply experimenting with recipes and exchanging notes with two of her buddies. It seems fitting that a documentary about her is on the way, as she was the first woman to be inducted into the Culinary Institute of America Hall of Fame. With so many accomplishments, what exactly was Julia’s net worth?

What Was Julia Child’s Net Worth?

After Julia’s 1961 “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” established her as a woman with good reason, she went on to publish 16 more cookbooks and the memoir “My Life in France.” His television show “The French Chef” aired from 1963 to 1973 and also won an Emmy. After witnessing the success of her first book which sold around 1.5 million copies, with co-authors Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle, she continued to write magazine articles for editions like ” The Boston Globe”. All this success was accompanied by a stable marriage with her husband Paul Child.

The couple married in 1946 and met in Kandy, Ceylon at the Office of Strategic Services. In her book ‘The French Chef Cookbook’, she commented on her marriage saying: “Paul Child, the man who is always there: porter, dishwasher, official photographer, mushroom cutter and onion chopper, editor, illustrator fishmonger, manager, taster, man of ideas, resident poet and husband. We had a happy marriage because we were together all the time. She lived in Georgetown, Washington DC with Paul from 1948 to 1961. Her home, which was remodeled by Rory Veevers-Carter, went on the market in November 2021 for $3.5 million.The late chef affectionately called the 1870 Colonial-style home her “little gem” and there it is. that she worked on her iconic cookbook “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”.

Child is rumored to have taught cooking classes at the DC Social Set while staying at 2706 Olive Street, and the story even predates Child’s purchase of the property. Built in the post-Civil War era by a notable African-American carpenter, Edgar Murphy, the house is, as the listing describes, “part of a vibrant tapestry of African-American influence in Washington, DC during the Reconstruction era”.

Julia’s net worth is estimated at $50 million! Well, that seems fitting for a regular American television personality and such a successful, recurring author. After ‘The French Chef’ was an absolute hit, she appeared in at least seven more shows through 2000. She was reported to be earning $50 per episode in 1963, which rounds up to around $450.

Child – whose full name is Julia Carolyn Child – was born on August 15, 1912 in Pasadena, California. The child died of kidney failure on August 13, 2004 in Montecito, California. His death came two days before his 92nd birthday.

“Julia” airs on CNN Monday, May 30 at 8 and 10 p.m. Eastern (5 and 7 p.m. Pacific).

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