Julia in Kandy, Ceylon, July 19, 1944

Julia in Kandy, Ceylon, July 19, 1944

The stories are true. Julia worked for the OSS, the predecessor to the CIA, during World War II. Here she is in the barracks in Kandy, Ceylon, in 1944. She worked directly for “Wild Bill” Donovan, keeping records of all the spies in Southeast Asia. Julia also met her future husband Paul, who was entranced by those long legs, on exhibit here, but that’s another story in my new biography, Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child, available on August 8th. Since Julia gave all the spies their code names and knew their secret positions, does that make her a spy?