Ann Turner Cook, the original Gerber Baby whose image has appeared on millions of goods over the years, has died, according to the company’s Instagram account. Cook was 95 years old. Let’s see what happened, How did Ann Turner Cook die, and what was her cause of death.
Who is the Gerber Baby?
People speculated about the identity of the Gerber Baby in a poll conducted across the United States. Guesses included Humphrey Bogart and Elizabeth Taylor, as well as Senator Bob Dole. There have been speculations for years that the Gerber Baby is actress Jane Seymour. Ann Turner Cook, a mystery author, and retired English teacher understood the proper answer: she is the Gerber Baby.
Dorothy Hope Smith, a Turner family neighbor, created the image, and Mrs. Cook’s sparkling eyes and charming, questioning baby face still personify the Gerber brand after more than 90 years, signifying Gerber’s devotion to happy, healthy babies all across the world.
How did Ann Turner Cook die?
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“Many years before becoming a wonderful mother, teacher, and writer, her smile and expressive curiosity stole hearts everywhere and will live on as a symbol for all children,” Gerber said in an online statement.
“We express our heartfelt condolences to Ann’s family and to everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her,” the statement said.
For more than 90 years, the Gerber brand has featured a drawing of Cook’s baby face.
It all started with a corporate contest to develop a face for a baby food advertising campaign, according to the Gerber website.
According to the site, Dorothy Hope Smith, a neighbor of Cook’s family, submitted a charcoal sketch of Cook and stated that if she won, she would finish it.
The contest judges “fell in love with the baby face” and insisted on it remaining a drawing.
According to the corporate website, “the image of this happy, healthy kid was shortly to become the face that started a brand, a face recognized and adored throughout the globe.”
The baby’s identity, however, remained unknown until 1978, according to the business.
According to Gerber, Cook went on to become a mystery author and an English teacher.
“Mrs. Cook’s sparkling eyes and charming, inquiring baby face continue to personify the Gerber brand, signifying Gerber’s devotion to happy, healthy babies all throughout the world,” the company said.
Gerber is well known for its baby meals and formulas, but the company also provides children’s clothing, life insurance, and other items.
Ann Turner Cook Cause of death
There have been no official announcements regarding Ann Turner Cook cause of death. However, given her age, she may have died naturally.
The origin of the Gerber Baby
Gerber organized a competition in 1928 to create a face to represent a baby food advertising campaign. Dorothy Hope Smith submitted a simple charcoal sketch of a tousled-haired, bright-eyed infant cherub with loving pursed lips. Smith stated in her entry that if she won, she would finish the drawing. Her drawing competed alongside expensive oil paintings, but the judges fell in love with the baby face Smith created, and when she won, they demanded that the basic depiction remain a sketch. This joyful, healthy baby’s image will soon become the face that started a company, a face recognized and adored throughout the world.
Indeed, the design grew so famous that Gerber made it its official trademark in 1931. The Gerber Baby has appeared on all Gerber packaging and in all Gerber advertisements since then. The baby’s identity, however, was kept hidden for 40 years, until 1978.
Tributes to Ann Turner Cook
Sharadha Ellis said,
She still looks like her sketch, amazing rest in peace.
CL Chesser said,
I was one of the extremely fortunate kids who had Mrs. Cook as my English teacher. This breaks my heart. She was an amazing woman.
She had the same cute eyes all her life. RIP ❤️
RIP Ann – I am so grateful to meet you, hug you, and make a promise. Your picture has been on my desk every day since I met you. Prayers to your family forever grateful to tell your story to so many people.
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