Original Gerber baby Ann Turner Cook dies

At a contest more than 90 years ago, the judges fell in love with a simple charcoal sketch of a happy newborn baby. But for decades, that newborn’s name was a mystery.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Decades after her portrait became one of the most recognizable brand icons in the world, Ann Turner Cook – Gerber’s original baby – has died aged 95.

Although her appearance as an infant was known to billions of people, those in her life still remember her as a mother, a teacher, and a novelist.

“Many years before becoming a mother, teacher and extraordinary writer, her smile and expressive curiosity won hearts everywhere and will continue to live on as an icon.” for all babies,” Gerber wrote on Instagram Friday. “We extend our deepest sympathies to Ann’s family and anyone who had the honor of knowing her.”

Cook’s cuteness became a symbol of Gerber after a 1928 contest. According to the brand’s website, artist Dorothy Hope Smith submitted a simple charcoal sketch of her infant neighbor. , note that she will complete the sketch if she wins.

Her drawing competes with intricate oil paintings, but the judges fell in love with the childish face Smith painted, and when they chose it as the winner, they confirmed, the website said. that the simple illustration is still just a sketch,” the website says.

The illustration has appeared on all of Gerber’s packaging and advertising since 1931, but the identity of the cherubic baby remained unknown for more than 40 years. The conjecture about the baby’s identity is growing: Is it a movie star like Elizabeth Taylor? A more unexpected public figure, like former US Senator Bob Dole?

According to Gerber, Cook’s identity was revealed in 1978. She became a retired English teacher in Tampa and a mystery novelist.

Cook’s family confirmed to the New York Times that she passed away Friday in St.Petersburg, Florida.

According to The New York Times, Cook kept Gerber’s identity a secret for too long because he was worried about being ridiculed. She only made $5,000 for the use of her image in the early 1950s — a sum that allowed her to put down a down payment on a home.

Cook knew she was the Gerber child long before the world found out. She said that her mother told her when she was a child.

“If you become an icon for something, what could be more pleasing than an icon for baby food?” She told the Associated Press in 1998.

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