Who was Ann Turner Cook, the original Gerber baby?
- Ann Turner Cook died at the age of 95
- She worked as a teacher and novelist in Florida
- Ann Turner Cook's husband died in 2004
Ann Turner Cook is the face of Gerber, an old United States-based company that produces baby food and supplies. The company on Friday announced that Cook died at the age of 95.
A portrait of a young Ann Turner Cook slowly took off as the face of the primary identity of Gerber food and was at the center of its national marketing campaign for baby food.
Who was Ann Turner Cook?
Ann Turner Cook was born in the city of Westport, Connecticut in the year 1926. Her mother's name was Leslie Turner, media reports suggest.
Cook's family moved to Orlando, Florida when she was young. She continued to live there for most of her life. She got her bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University. She later acquired her master's degree in English Education from the University of South Florida.
In the late 1970s, it was revealed to be Cook, who grew up to be an English teacher in Tampa, Florida, and later a mystery novelist, Associated Press reported.
Ann Turner Cook was married to James, who worked as a criminologist at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office. He died in 2004. The couple had four children.
What is the story behind the 'Gerber baby'?
Cook was 5 months old when a neighbor, 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, so much so that it became the company's trademark in 1931 and has been used in all packaging and advertising since, Associated Press reported.
The identity of the 'Gerber baby' was kept a secret for decades. The baby food company later revealed it after a guessing contest. Some popular guesses included actress Jane Seymour and then-US Senator Bob Doyle.