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"Julie and Julia" Writer Julie Powell Has Died at 49

We're sad to hear this news.

In some tragic news, the writer behind a beloved 2009 movie Julie and Julia has passed. 

Julie Powell was a blogger who won fans all over the world with her quest to work through Julia Child's tome, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” A project that later landed her a movie deal. But on October 26, the 49-year-old passed in her home in Olivebridge, New York. Her husband told the New York Times, she passed from cardiac arrest.

According to the NYT, it all began with a food blog Powell started when she was about to turn 30. It was 2002 when Powell booted up her computer and wrote her first entry in the "Julie/Julia Project." At the time, she was working a low-level administrative job in New York City, hoping to one day become a writer. She later called the move “one of those panicked, backed-into-a-corner kind of moments.” But it worked. 

Working through all 524 recipes (in volume 1 of the series alone), Powell documented her trials and tribulations, all while sharing hilarious anecdotes from her personal life. The project became so popular that it was turned into a novel, “Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously.” 

The book then found its way to writer/director Nora Ephron, who adapted the novel for the screen. The movie version cast Amy Adams as Powell herself, Meryl Streep as Julia Child, and Stanley Tucci as Julia's husband, Paul. The movie would later go on to be a box office success.

Online people were heartbroken by the news. "This is sad news. Julie Powell was an inspiration to my generation of food bloggers, and was hilarious and kind in our interactions, especially when discussing our home state of Texas. Sending my condolences to her family and friends," wrote @homesicktexan. "She had a dream and *actually* went for it. And got a great movie made out of the ordeal. Rest in peace," @NoahStallings added. "Such a loss. She is so young. Wishing her and her family peace and condolences," @55francie chimed in.

May she rest in peace.