The Bizarre True Story Behind Columbia Pictures’ ‘Torch Woman’

The story behind the iconic Columbia Pictures “torch-bearer” logo can be traced back to a graphic designer who posed for the photo with the linens.

In 1991, Times-Picayune reporter Kathy Anderson was asked to photograph a picture that could be used for a new logo.

The story behind the iconic Columbia Pictures logo can be traced back to a photo session where a graphic designer wore white linens.


The story behind the iconic Columbia Pictures logo can be traced back to a photo session where a graphic designer wore white linens.Source: Columbia Pictures

Her colleague Jenny Joseph was on a lunch break when she joined the photo shoot.

She wears a white bedspread designed to resemble a Roman goddess and holds an overhead lamp resembling a torch.

Anderson used props such as cloth and the American flag in the shot.

The fabric was rearranged several times on Joseph and they were eventually settled for a shot in which the material was covered just below her left shoulder.

Anderson used soft lighting during the shoot – designed to create a pleasing feel.

Joseph asked to sit down during a scene where she admitted that she was pregnant.

Anderson told DailyMail.com that it might be her favorite image of the entire photo session.

She revealed that Joseph had not participated in the previous scenes, and no longer does.

Lady Columbia is a goddess-like female character commonly used in cartoons in the 19’sorder and 20 . headorder century.

She symbolizes enlightenment, freedom and freedom.

Columbia was used as the logo of Hollywood studios in 1924 and the image carrying a torch has been compared to the Statue of Liberty.

Evelyn Venable, who starred in the 1934 film Death Takes a Holiday, and Wizard of Oz star Amelia Batcosystem have both played the torch-bearer.

Artist Michael Deas was hired in the 1990s to return her image to a “vintage look” after Columbia was acquired by Sony Pictures.

Deas saw the painting at the Ogden Southern Art Museum in 2012. WWLTV reported.

“I never thought it would make it to the silver screen and I never thought it would still be in 20 years,” he said.

“And I certainly never thought it would be in a museum, so it’s very satisfying.”

Columbia Pictures is best known for films such as Lawrence of Arabia, Spider-Man, Taxi Driver, Men in Black and The Social Network

The studio isn’t the only movie company with an interesting story behind its logo.


The researchers confirmed Logo of Paramount Pictures based on the childhood memories of company founder William Wadsworth Hodkinson.

Hodkinson is remembered as the “Inventor of Hollywood,” credited with drawing the sketches of “Mighty Mountain” himself, based on Mount Ben Lomond in Utah.

The stars in the logo are said to represent the 24 actors who signed with the studio in 1916, according to TIME.

Legend has it that the studio’s first logo design was drawn on napkins in 1914; it shows mountain on black background with company’s name and stars above it.

The mountain was enlarged and moved towards the center when the logo was redesigned in 1952.

In 1987, the logo was redrawn and featured a lake at the base of the mountain and made the stars shine brighter.

Its latest change in 2002 saw shooting stars added atop snowy mountains.

Columbia Pictures was founded in 1924


Columbia Pictures was founded in 1924Credit: Unknown, clear with picture desk

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