2004-08-13

JULIA CHILD, American chef and television personality died (b. 1912); Again, not Gay, but a goddess, nonetheless. If M.F.K. Fisher (who was a Lesbian, we now know) is the Juno of my personal pantheon and Joni Mitchell the Aphrodite, Julia is Athena with an apron. Child was a favorite of audiences from the moment of her television debut on public television in 1963 and her personage – a striking hybrid of gravitas and camp – was a familiar part of American culture and the subject of numerous references.

In 1966, she was featured on the cover of Time magazine with the heading, “Our Lady of the Ladle”. In a 1978 Saturday Night Live sketch, she was affectionately parodied by Dan Aykroyd, continuing with a cooking show despite profuse bleeding from a cut to the thumb.