Today would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday, and in her honor, we’re dedicating this “Pink Wednesday” to her onscreen film portrayal by Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia.  The 2009 film was directed by the late Nora Ephron, and documents the life of the first (and probably the most famous) television chef, and the woman who blogs about her.  Here is Streep in her stunning (and Oscar-nominated) performance as Child, in a lovely magenta collared-blouse, floral skirt and a salmon pink jacket, topped off by her favorite string of pearls, while shopping in a French market.  Academy Award winner (The English Patient, ’96) Ann Roth designed the movie’s costumes.  She’s quoted as saying, “The life of Julia Child was something I know a lot about, and I know what people wore at that time.  I knew what the girdle was, and the glove and the hat, and when you wore a hat and when you wore a glove, and how many sweaters you had and how many cashmere sweaters you didn’t have.  It’s a life that I knew very well.  I mean, I was in school in the ‘50s.  So I felt pretty secure in that period.”  Roth did a superb job nailing a postwar patriot in 1950s France.  Julia Child may not have been as particularly girly as the color pink, but as a 6’2 former basketball player, college graduate, American intelligence agent, author, and world-renowned chef, she was definitely the kind of woman every girl should look up to.

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  1. Julia was ahead of her times – what a strong, intelligent lady! And Meryl did a fantastic job portraying Julia. A win-win situation all the way around! Happy 100th Julia!

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