Columbia Pictures Logo History

Celebrity Q&A
on April 18, 2011

Who’s the red-haired woman depicted in the opening of Columbia Pictures movies? She wears a white dress, a blue shawl and holds a torch.
—Beverly Talleni, Hot Springs, Ark.

Since the famous Columbia Pictures logo appeared first in 1924, it’s been modified numerous times and dozens of women have claimed to be its “Lady Liberty” model. The movie company reports it doesn’t have records of the models who posed as the logo over the years. The logo’s current look, animated with moving clouds, a glowing torch and a ring of shimmering light, was based on a modeling session with a Louisiana homemaker, Jenny Joseph, in 1992.

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