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Throughout her life, Julia Child was many things—an iconic chef, the author of the classic cookbook Mastering The Art of French Cooking ($17, amazon.com), a TV personality— but perhaps most surprisingly, she was also a spy. Though she was well known for her food later in life, her time spent as a spy has remained largely mysterious. But all that’s about to change thanks to ABC Signature Studios.

During World War II, Child volunteered her service to the US Office of Strategic Services, which would later become the CIA, where she had top security clearance and dealt with classified information both in the US and abroad. She spent time in the Intelligence Division, the Emergency Sea Rescue Equipment Section, and later overseas in present-day Sri Lanka, where she served as the Chief of the OSS Registry.

Though she may be best known for her Beef Bourguignon, she might never have discovered her love of French cuisine had it not been for her time in the OSS. It was through her work that she met her husband, fellow OSS officer Paul Child, who served as her introduction to French cuisine. It was his assignment to a post in France that brought the couple to the country, where Julia enrolled in the legendary Le Cordon Bleu cooking school, and the rest is history.

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Though not much is yet known about the show, the fictional show is supposedly an hour-long “darkly comedic dramedy,” and we can’t wait for it to become our new TV obsession as soon as it hits the air.  

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