SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Julia Child, who gained international fame with her public TV show, "The French Chef," died in her sleep Thursday night in Santa Barbara. She was 91.
Child's TV career began in the early '60s after she went on a tour to promote her first book, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking." Her public TV series debuted in February 1963, and she went on to star in eight more TV series and write nine more cookbooks.
Born in Pasadena, Calif., on Aug. 15, 1912, Child won a Peabody Award in 1965 and an Emmy in 1966. In 1980, she became the first woman admitted to membership in La Commanderie des Cordons Bleus de France, an organization that was founded in 1949 as the final authority on French culinary and living traditions.
Child, who appeared on the cover of Time magazine in 1967, was credited with elevating America's culinary standards by promoting appreciation for fine food as a means to a rewarding life. Her TV appearances reinforced that image, as she maintained an exuberant running monologue while she prepared dishes -- and ended every broadcast with her trademark "Bon Appétit!"