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Julie Powell, Inspiration behind ‘Julie and Julia’ movie, dies at 49

Julie Powell, writer of cookbook “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” and inspiration behind ‘Julie and Julia,’ a movie starring Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci, sadly passed October 26 in upstate New York at her home in Olivebridge. She was 49.

Her influential writing resonated with an audience of cooks, and she quickly became popular on social media by blogging her cooking struggles in a comedic way.

Eric Powell, Julie’s husband, said she passed due to cardiac arrest.