The Westport native, whose image was the Gerber Baby, dies at the age of 95


Gerber baby food products are seen on a supermarket shelf in New York City in 2007. Ann Turner Cook, the face of Gerber baby food for more than 90 years, has died at the age of 95. (Mario Tama/Getty Images/TNS)

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TAMPA, FL. – The Connecticut-born woman whose face became the permanent logo of baby product brand Gerber has died at the age of 95.

Ann Turner Cook was born in Westport in 1926. There, her family’s neighbor, artist Dorothy Hope Smith, drew a sketch of hers, which later won a national competition that Gerber ran to market baby food.

Gerber announced her death in an Instagram post on Friday.

“Many years before she became an extraordinary mother, teacher and writer, her smile and expressive curiosity won hearts everywhere and will live on as a symbol for all babies,” the post reads.

Cook later moved to Florida with her family, where she would remain for the rest of her life. She graduated from the University of Florida at Orlando.

Cook had a long career teaching English at Hillsborough High School in Tampa and later became a prolific crime writer.

Although she kept her identity as the face behind the iconic logo a secret for decades, she was revealed in the late 1970s.

“All babies are attractive,” Cook said in a 1998 interview with the Associated Press. “The reason drawing is so popular is because the artist captured the attraction that all babies have.”

This story includes reports from the Associated Press.


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