Ask AP: Gerber Food

American Icons, Celebrity Q&A, People
on February 22, 2009

Is the baby's face on the Gerber Food jars that of Brooke Shields when she was a toddler?
—Ernestine Cosby, Andalusia, Ala.

Hold on to your pureed carrots. The face of Gerber baby food products isn't that of actress Brooke Shields, nor did it ever belong to any of the other famous folks—including Richard Nixon, Elizabeth Taylor and Humphrey Bogart—who've been rumored to have the most famous baby-food face in history. The "Gerber baby," who has been part of the company's official trademark since 1931, actually was Ann Turner Cook, now 82 and a retired teacher and mystery novelist living in Tampa, Fla. A sketch of her cherubic baby face was chosen from among thousands of other submissions in 1928, and it's been used on Gerber products ever since.