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The Oscar-Nominated ‘Julie & Julia’ Food Blogger Has Passed Away

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Julie & Julia

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Celebrity food writer Julie Powell, whose well-liked blog the “Julie/Julia Project” served as the basis for Nora Ephron’s final motion picture, “Julie & Julia,” passed away on October 26 in her Olivebridge home at the age of 49 after a heart arrest.

Eric, Julie’s husband, reportedly told the New York Times that she had passed away, according to Variety. In order to make every recipe in Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” Powell set out to blog about her experience.

Based on the voyage of the culinary blogger, “Julie & Julia,” featuring Meryl Streep as Child and Amy Adams as Powell, bounced back and forth in time from the 1950s to the early 2000s. 

Streep was nominated for best actress at the 82nd Academy Awards for her performance. Variety claims that Powell began the “Julie/Julia Project” on Salon.com in 2002 as a result of growing frustrated with her meaningless position with the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation.

She rapidly gained a sizable following; according to Salon, before the end of the year, her page had 400,000 page views. Soon after, Powell decided to work with Little, Brown & Company to publish her blog into a book. The resulting book, “Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen,” was published in 2005.

Following that, Powell created ‘Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession,’ another culinary novel in which she blended her time spent learning how to butcher in Kingston, New York with observations on her and her husband’s extramarital affairs.

Powell was born to John Foster and Kay Foster in Austin, Texas, on April 20, 1973. She graduated from Amherst College with a bachelor’s in theatre and creative writing in 1995. Powell’s parents, John and Kay, her husband, Eric, and her brother, Jordon, are still alive, according to Variety.

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