Ann Turner Cook is 88-years-old and, chances are you have no idea who she is even though you’ve seen her face countless times. She is the iconic Gerber Baby.
5/28/2017 Update: Cook turned 90…
Millions of parents have seen her picture as they give their infants baby food and formula or purchase products with her image on it. And millions of babies over the years have looked at those jars and pointed to the image of the child and announced, “Baby!”
Now Cook, who just turned 90, says in a new interview she is proud to have been the face of the brand and says she can’t think of anything better that to have her likeness associated with something so wholesome and products for infants.
Little did she know just how important that drawing would be, both for the company and for her. ‘I can’t think of anything nicer than to be a symbol for babies,’ the retired English teacher told CBS News. ‘And that’s what I think I became.’
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Cook, now a great-grandmother, still has the same cheerful grin and sparkling eyes that she had as a baby when artist Dorothy Hope Smith, her neighbor in Connecticut, decided to sketch her.
‘I always had that expression with my mouth hanging open,’ laughed Mrs Cook. ‘Kind of a quizzical expression!’