“Forgotten Hollywood”- Gerber Baby Celebrates Birthday…

Posted on November 20, 2015 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   Happy birthday to the original Gerber Baby: Ann Turner Cook. On Friday, November 20th, Cook turned 89-years-old, making the former model a full-fledged octogenarian. On a related note, Gerber has launched a 2015 contest to find a new face for their product.

   According to Gerber, a contest was held in 1928 to find a face to represent an advertising campaign for their baby food. Artist Dorothy Hope Smith, who was Cook’s neighbor, entered her simple charcoal sketch of a tousle-haired, bright-eyed cherub of a baby with endearing pursed lips. Judges fell in love with the baby face in Smith’s sketch, and when they chose it as the winner, they insisted it remain a sketch. That baby sketch of Cook soon became the face that launched the Gerber brand and her likeness made ubiquitous by labels on baby food jars. It’s still recognized all over the world!

gerber baby


   Cook was born in 1926. She is a mystery novelist and a retired English teacher in Tampa. Her 15 minutes of fame has lasted all of her life!

    Hey, passed the strained peas…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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