Original Gerber Baby, Ann Turner Cook, dies at 95

ABC News reports that Ann Turner Cook, the original Gerber baby, has passed away at the age of 95. 

Gerber announced Cook’s passing on social media Friday.

“Gerber is deeply saddened by the passing of Ann Turner Cook, the original Gerber baby, whose face was sketched to become the iconic Gerber logo more than 90 years ago,” the company wrote. “Many years before becoming an extraordinary mother, teacher, and writer, her smile and expressive curiosity captured hearts everywhere and will continue to live on as a symbol for all babies.”

“We extend our deepest sympathies to Ann’s family and to anyone who had the pleasure of knowing her,” Gerber added.

How Cook became the face of Gerber:

It all started when Cook was 5 months old. At the time, she and her family lived next to artist Dorothy Hope Smith.

One day, Smith drew a charcoal sketch of the 5-month-old Cook. And, this charcoal sketch would later be submitted, in 1928, to Gerber for a contest that the company was holding to find a face to represent a new advertising campaign for baby food.

The sketch of Cook was chosen. Gerber would officially make the image of Cook the company’s trademark in 1931, thus making Cook the original Gerber baby.

The mystery

That Cook was the original Gerber baby, however, was not revealed to the public for many decades. During that time, there was a lot of speculation about the identity of the baby. It wasn’t revealed, though, to be Cook until the late 1970s.

In 1998, Cook further revealed that, when she was young, her mother actually told her that she was the Gerber baby. According to Cook, her mother said, “If you’re going to be a symbol for something, what could be more pleasant than a symbol for baby food?”

Cook also commented on the image itself, saying, “All babies are appealing. The reason that drawing has been so popular is the artist captured the appeal that all babies have.”

What became of Cook?

CNN reports that “Cook went on to become a mystery novelist and an English teacher.” She also had a family of her own.

Cook’s was quite a remarkable life.

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