Emmy Nomination Letter, 1966

This letter, dated April 25, 1966 and signed by Rod Serling, President of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, informed Julia Child that she had been nominated for an Emmy Award, specifically for “Individual Achievement in Educational Television” as “Hostess” of The French Chef. As the inspiration for the series and sole talent on camera, the term “Hostess” seems misplaced, but at the time, recognition from the Academy for an educational program was a significant achievement in itself. What’s more, Julia Child became, indeed, the first educational program personality to be awarded the prestigious Emmy.
This letter represents the beginning of Julia’s long and successful career in television. The first series of The French Chef consisted of 119 black-and-white episodes produced between 1963 and 1966. Other series included The French Chef in color (1970-73); Julia Child & Company (1978); Julia Child & More Company (1979); Dinner at Julia’s (1983); Cooking with Master Chefs (1993); In Julia’s Kitchen with Master Chefs (1994); Baking with Julia (1996); and Julia and Jacques: Cooking at Home (1999).
Object Name
letter with frame
letter in frame
date made
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 8 in x 10 in; 20.32 cm x 25.4 cm
in frame: 18 in x 14 in; 45.72 cm x 35.56 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Food Culture
Entertainment, general
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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