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From the Vault: Nora Ephron's 'Julie & Julia,' based on My Life in France by Julia Child

Meryl Streep in ‘Julie & Julia’/Photo © Columbia Pictures
Meryl Streep in ‘Julie & Julia’/Photo © Columbia Pictures

My Life in France is the captivating story of Julia Child’s years in France, in her own words, where she fell in love with French food and found "her true calling."

From the moment the ship docked in Le Havre in the fall of 1948 and Julia watched the well-muscled stevedores unloading the cargo to the first perfectly soigné meal that she and her husband, Paul, savored in Rouen en route to Paris, where he was to work for the USIS, Julia had an awakening that changed her life. Soon this tall, outspoken gal from Pasadena, California, who didn’t speak a word of French and knew nothing about the country, was steeped in the language, chatting with purveyors in the local markets, and enrolled in the Cordon Bleu.

In 2009, Nora Ephron -- whose recent death saddened so many fans of her work -- adapted My Life in France for the big screen, juxtaposing Child's story with Julie & Julia, a memoir by Julie Powell. "Julie & Julia" starred Meryl Streep as Julia Child, in a role that earned Streep a Golden Globe win and an Academy Award nomination for best actress. Amy Adams co-starred as Julie Powell. The film quickly became another treasured gem in Ephron's canon of work.

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