Friday, August 15, 2008

Julia Child, International Woman of Mystery

Get this: In a report out yesterday, Julia Child has been named as one of the 24,000 people who worked as a covert spy during WWII.

According to the Guardian:
Child was one of more than 24,000 covert agents working on behalf of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), a second world war-era precursor to the CIA. Her fellow spies included professional baseball player Moe Berg, US supreme court justice Arthur Goldberg and Miles Copeland, the father of The Police drummer Stewart Copeland.

In new records released today by the US national archives, Child admitted she left a previous job in furniture advertising after personality conflicts with her employers.

"I made a tactical error and was out," the French-cuisine guru wrote in her OSS application. "However, I learned a lot about advertising and wish I had been older and more experienced so that I could have handled the situation, as it was a most interesting position."

Child, who died four years ago this week at age 91, applied for the spying post years before marrying Paul Cushing Child and opening her storied French cooking school, L'Ecole des Trois Gourmandes.

Mata Hari in the kitchen, yo. Actually, I'm not surprised. She looks like she could kick some serious ass just with that frying pan.


mp said...

I read this yesterday, too. Julia was mad cool.

Joy said...

So impressed!

Joan said...

I also read about this - she was amazing - can you imagine keeping that a secret?