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  1. 2 years ago. If you’ve ever watched a movie by Columbia Pictures then you know who the Torch Lady is—the woman who appears at the very beginning of every movie. The original photo was born in the apartment of Pulitzer Prize-winning New Orleans photographer Kathy Anderson back in 1991.

  2. Feb 21, 2022 · By Madeleine Muzdakis on February 21, 2022. While dramatic music sounds, a torch-bearing woman dressed like a Roman goddess appears on screen against heavenly clouds. Bold text behind her announces the name “Columbia.” This familiar tableau has appeared millions of times in theaters and living rooms around the world.

  3. Jun 8, 2023 · Columbia Pictures had commissioned Deas to update its longtime logo, showing a woman holding a torch similar to that of the Statue of Liberty. The artist then asked Anderson, who worked at...

  4. Aug 26, 2010 · Joan’s World: Story behind Columbia Pictures Lady with the Torch. By Joan Morris | jmorris@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group. August 26, 2010 at 12:18 p.m. DEAR JOAN: MGM has...

  5. Sep 7, 2016 · The Columbia Pictures Torch Lady has been gracing the silver screen ever since the company was first founded in 1924, but her real life persona would remain unknown until Michael Deas was commissioned to create a new matte painting in the 1990s.

  6. By Tom Livingstone | A year ago. She's one of the most recognised faces in modern cinema history, but the story behind how the Columbia Pictures "torch lady" came to be on the big screen could be worthy of a movie on its own. Photographer Kathy Anderson was working at a local newspaper in New Orleans when her friend asked for a favour.

  7. March 24, 2001. The Columbia Lady as she appears on the 2000 Columbia/Tristar Logo. The "Columbia Lady" who has worn her toga and held her torch high for most of Columbia Pictures' seventy-five year history, has a history of her own, although the facts get a little fuzzy in places and are completely missing in others.

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