Ann Turner Cook, whose cherubic baby face was known the world over as the original Gerber baby, has died. She was 95.
Who was Ann Turner Cook?
Mrs. Cook was 5 months old in 1927 when a neighbor in Connecticut, the artist Dorothy Hope Smith, drew a charcoal sketch of her that was later submitted for a contest Gerber was holding for a national marketing campaign for baby food.
The image was a hit. It became the company’s trademark in 1931 and has been used in all packaging and advertising since.
For decades, though, the identity of the baby was kept secret, spurring rumors about who it was with guesses including Humphrey Bogart and Elizabeth Taylor.
In the late 1970s, it was revealed to be Mrs. Cook, who grew up to be an English teacher in Tampa and later a mystery novelist.
Mrs. Cook told the Associated Press in 1998 that her mother had told her when she was young that she was the baby in the illustration.
“If you’re going to be a symbol for something,” she said, “what could be more pleasant than a symbol for baby food?″
As for the image itself, she said, “All babies are appealing. The reason that drawing has been so popular is the artist captured the appeal that all babies have.″
Ann Turner Cook cause of death?
In an Instagram post on June 3 Gerber announced Cook’s death but there he did not provide any details of her death.
In time of her death she was 95 years old. For her famous picture she will be remembered and known to all.Her picture will be a great history.