detail of The Torch Lady, 1992
Michael J. Deas
Oil on panel
Collection of the Sony Pictures Entertainment Archives
The current logo was created in 1992, when the logo was repainted digitally by New Orleans artist, Michael Deas, who was commissioned to return the lady to her “classic” look. Deas used Jenny Joseph, a homemaker and mother of two children, as a model, but used a composite for the face. It has resulted in a resemblance to Dorothy Kilgallen. The animation, created by Synthespian Studios in 1993 by Jeff Kleiser and Diana Walczak, starts with a bright light, which zooms out to reveal the torch and then the lady. The duo used 2D elements from the painting and converted it to 3D.