Celebrity Dolls By Madame Alexander Were Popular Early On...
Early Celebrity Dolls by Madame Alexander
few of the other Madame Alexander dolls using the Wendy face are
Alice in Wonderland, Carmen, Portraits, Fairy Queen, Southern Girl,
Madalaine DeBain, Sleeping Beauty, W.A.A.C., Cinderella, Princess
Flavia, Juliet and the all-time favorite of the celebrity
dolls, Scarlett O'Hara.
Released in 1937 during the height of the popularity of Margaret Mitchell's book, "Gone With the Wind," Scarlett had several costume changes during the following years, some coinciding with the premiere of the movie.
Sonja Henie--One of Madame Alexanders Celebrity Dolls
And of course, there is the smiling face of Sonja Henie. (Circa 1939). Modeled after the vivacious Norwegian figure skating champion, with her familiar wide smile is captured in the Madame Alexander doll. Sonja Henie won three Olympic titles before her debut on the movie screen.
The Sonja Henie doll was made several years with various changes of costume. She ranged in size from 14" to 21".
Margaret O'Brien--Another of Madame Alexanders Famous Celebrity
My favorite child star of the era is another of Madame Alexanders more impressive achievements. Margaret O'Brien (Circa 1946-1947). Who can forget the doom stricken little girl in "Meet Me in St. Louis", who was always burying a doll who had died of some terrible invented disease.
the Margaret mold, yet another recognizable Madame Alexander
celebrity doll character was created. eBay has a rather large set of
listings of vintage Madame Alexander dolls for sale, if you are
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Withers--of course--Among the Madame Alexander Dolls of note.
Jane Withers was another celebrity child who is forever encompassed in composition by Madame Alexander.
young star was a familiar face to movie buffs in the mid to late
1930s, thus the introduction of the doll (Circa 1937).
are many more composition celebrity dolls created by Madame
Alexander. Check back in the future to see additional pages covering
the babies and other composition lovelies.
Even a project involving Scarlett O'Hara that I have been working on only in my head for the past 5 years. Perhaps the knowledge that someone is dropping in occasionally to check on my progress will create the need for me to actually attack the project!
If you are looking for good reference books regarding Madame Alexander composition dolls:
Madame Alexander Collector Dolls...by Patricia Smith
Madame Alexander Dolls on Review...by Marjorie V.
Sturges Uhl Madame Alexander's Ladies of Fashion...by Marjorie V. Sturges Uhl
Beautiful color photographs.
The above books are out of print , but, are often offered on ebay...ebay/dolls & bears/ clothing & furniture/antique/vintage.
Some current books for reference are:
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