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Madame Alexander produced the Lissy-faced Little Women dolls from 1957 through 1968, representing the characters of the four March girls – Jo, Meg, Beth, Amy – and their mother Marmee – from the book by Louisa May Alcott. (Alexander spelled Marme with only one “e”.) Laurie (the boy next door) joined the group starting in 1967. Beginning in 1968, Little Women were produced using the Nancy Drew face mold, but in the catalogs, Laurie is still shown with the Lissy mold until 1972, when they started picturing him with the Nancy Drew mold as well. In 1993 there was a reissue of the four girls without Marmee or Laurie using the Lissy face.

Body Construction
In 1957 and ’58 the dolls had jointed knees and elbows; later versions had straight arms and legs. All were jointed at the neck, shoulders and hips, and made entirely of hard plastic with glued-on synthetic wigs. They have sleep eyes with molded lashes and are 11.5″ to 12″ tall. The dolls differ from the regular Lissy line in that they have flat feet. Beth, Jo, Marmee and Laurie are brunettes, while Meg has dark blonde hair and Amy a lighter blonde.

Clothing
The clothing can be identified by the tag at the back of the neck. The outfits changed several times during the years the dolls were sold, and can be dated by the outfit. Not every outfit changed every year. This table of the outfits by year may not be completely accurate. The outfits were not always the same as pictured in the catalog. They were not pictured in the 1966 or ’68 catalogs. Click on a photo to see a larger image.

Amy Beth Jo Meg Marme
1957Catalog photo
Blue polished cotton dress, white pinafore with v-straps of embroidered trim Dark dress, print pinafore Print dress w/puff sleeves, green pinafore w/triple rick rack trim Dress w/print bodice, dark skirt
1958Catalog photo
Red dress w/white yoke & long sleeves, black trim Royal blue dress w/puff sleeves, blue and white striped pinafore Black and white check dress, apron with white straps, red skirt
1959Catalog photo
Aqua dress w/white polka dots, white sleeves w/aqua rick rack
1960Catalog photo
Aqua dress, print pinafore w/self ruffle at hem, aqua rick rack Deep pink dress w/white braid trim on collar and skirt Green dress, yellow half apron
1961Catalog photo
Dress w/puff sleeves, sheer white pinafore Lavender and white striped dress, white pinafore w/lace trim Same as previous year
1962Catalog photo
Same as previous year
1963-4Catalog photo
Same as previous year
1965Catalog photo
1967Catalog photo
Like 1958, except the red dress is a print

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10″ Jacqueline doll by Madame Alexander (1962). Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

See also: 21″ Jacqueline Doll by Madame Alexander

In 1962, a 10″ version of Jacqueline was introduced using the Cissette head and body. She has side-parted brunette hair in a shoulder-length flip, with a single spit curl on the forehead, brown eyes with pale blue eyeshadow and exaggerated painted lashes on each side. 10″ Jacqueline is the same doll as Margot, but with a different hairstyle. Extra outfits were available for her.

Later that year, Madame Alexander discontinued the Jacqueline line at the request of the White House.

#? – Slim silver brocade one-shoulder gown, pink satin sash with flaring side panels; pearl decorated purse; earrings. The 21″ Jacqueline has a matching outfit.

#865 – Blue slacks; matching sweater and hat; lined white leather jacket; elastic-strap heels. Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

#885 – Pink satin ballgown with square neckline, bow at waist; pearl decorated evening bag; earrings and necklace. Photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls

#886 – Pale peach or lilac satin evening gown with sequined trim at neckline; long matching stole with fringed ends; pearl decorated purse; earrings; nylons and elastic-strap heels.

#887 – Gown with gold lame bodice and white jacquard full skirt; full-length evening cape of rose taffeta, lined with pink jacquard; pearl decorated evening bag.

#894 – Blue two piece suit has jacket with two large covered buttons, three-quarter sleeves, straight skirt; nylon blouse; purple flowered or matching blue pillbox hat; nylons and elastic-strap heels. Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

#895 – Yellow linen sheath dress; matching coat with three-quarter sleeves; yellow tulle pillbox hat; pearl drop earrings; elastic-strap heels. Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll. Click here for a photo of the dress.

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See also: 10″ Jacqueline Doll by Madame Alexander

Madame Alexander’s 21″ Jacqueline doll was introduced in 1961. Although the Kennedy name was never used in connection with the doll, there can be little doubt that she was meant to represent the popular First Lady. Mrs. Kennedy’s wardrobe, designed by Oleg Cassini, set new standards of fashion for women around the world, and the doll version was equally glamorous. In 1962, a 10″ version was introduced using the Cissette head and body. Alexander also introduced a toddler doll named Caroline, after the Kennedy’s young daughter.

Photo courtesy of Withington Auction, Inc.

The 21″ Jacqueline was made in 1961-62, using the later Cissy body with the one-piece graceful arms and a vinyl head made from a new mold. She has side-parted brunette hair in a shoulder-length flip, with a single spit curl on the forehead, brown sleep eyes with pale blue eyeshadow and exaggerated painted lashes on each side. Extra outfits were available for her.

At least two trunk sets were sold in 1962 with Jacqueline dolls, one in the FAO Schwarz catalog under the name Judy, and another in the Marshall Field catalog under the name Jackie.

Later that year, Madame Alexander discontinued the Jacqueline line at the request of the White House. Beginning in 1965, Alexander began using the 21″ doll again for their series of Portrait dolls. They reintroduced Jacqueline for collectors in the 1990s.

1961

#2133 – Orange jersey blouse; beige vinyl jacket; green corduroy slacks and matching hat; soiltaire ring; green elastic-strap heels. Sold separately.

#2218 – Suit of brocade has short jacket with three-quarter sleeves, matching straight skirt; jeweled tricot blouse; tulle pillbox hat; purse.

21″ Jacqueline doll by Madame Alexander wears #2210, satin ball gown and matching evening coat.

#2210 – Ivory satin strapless princess-cut ball gown, trimmed with silver braid; matching coat; purse made out of pearls; pearl necklace and pearl-encrusted earrings; solitaire ring; full-length taffeta petticoat; taffeta panties; nylons and silver elastic-strap sandals. Click here to see the dress.

1962

Jacqueline’s Riding Habit from 1962. Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

#2117 – Riding costume of tan jacket with three brass buttons and shawl collar; white blouse; brown breeches; boots. Caroline had a matching outfit.

#2125. Photo courtesy of eBay seller your-favorite-doll.

#2125 – Slim brocade one-shoulder gown with flaring side panels of red satin; pearl necklace; earrings, ring and bracelet.

#2130 – Silver and white brocade full-skirted gown; matching jacket with elbow-length sleeves fastens with a jeweled clasp at the waistline; pearl necklace; earrings, ring and bracelet; taffeta panties and full-length petticoat.

#2140 – Full-skirted brocade ball gown; full-length satin evening coat; pearl purse; jewelry.

#22-15 – Suit with elbow-length sleeves, straight skirt, pillbox hat. Sold separately.

1963

Embassy Tea (Never officially released)- Pink sleeveless satin gown has a lace overbodice sprinkled with flocked flowers and rhinestones. The neckline and arm holes are outlined in pearls.

Embassy Tea was 21″ Jacqueline’s last ensemble. Photo courtesy of Withington Auction, Inc.

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Shari Lewis was a popular children’s television star in the late fifties, and her popularity, along with that of her puppet, Lambchop, continues today, despite her untimely death in 1998. This is an unusual doll for Alexander in that it was made with an entirely new head mold, which was never re-used. She has the one-piece graceful arms used on the later Cissys. The doll came in six different outfits, all available in 14″ or 21″ sizes. Her wrist tag features a photo of Shari and Lambchop.

21″ Shari Lewis doll by Madame Alexander.
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#2430 (21″) / #1430 (14″) – Short, fully lined evening gown of gold lace trimmed with floral braid, with very full skirt; pendant corsage of pink roses hangs from pink crushed taffeta belt; golden bead necklace & matching bracelet; solitaire ring; pearl earrings; gold elastic-strap sandals. Click here to see the back of her dress. Click here to see a photo of the 14″ version.

14″ Shari Lewis by Madame Alexander in her original teal moire dress.

#2431/#1431 – Polished cotton moire shirtwaist dress in rose pink or teal green, three-quarter sleeves have cuffs with rhinestone “button”; gold chain belt with gold ball accents; natural straw hat trimmed with black ribbon and flowers; drop pearl earrings; elastic-strap sandals.

#2432/#1432 – Same style dress as #2431 in bright blue cotton; silver contour belt; solitaire ring; pearl earrings; natural straw hat trimmed with pink flowers; silver elastic-strap sandals.

21″ Shari Lewis doll. Her green satin skirt has faded to brown.

#2433/#1433 – Green skirt of heavy slipper satin; yellow rayon jersey sweater; yellow crinoline slip with nylon net ruffle; gold contour belt; green straw hat with bright pink flower trim; double-strand necklace of green beads; pearl earrings; solitaire ring; rhinestone watch pinned to skirt waist; green elastic-strap sandals.

#2440/#1440 – Dress of heavy slipper satin; matching, fully lined coat with ruffle at neckline, fastened with a single rose; evening bag; pearl jewelry; elastic-strap sandals.



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This ball gown was included in Elise’s 1960 gift set from FAO Schwarz. Photo courtesy of eBay seller luving_dolls.

1960 FAO Schwarz Giftset
This giftset came with a blonde Elise doll and red metal trunk. The following tagged outfits were all included:

  • Cornflower blue ball gown (#1730) of pleated nylon tulle with gathered attached stole, rosebud accents; coronet of flowers; rhinestone earrings; necklace.
  • Pale pink gown of dotted tulle with puffed sleeved and ribbon sash. This appears to be very similar to the bridesmaid’s gown of 1957, but the neckline is rounded instead of square and it also includes a white straw hat with ties of the dotted tulle.
  • Pale pink taffeta full-length evening coat.
  • Red blouse with three-quarter sleeves; white slacks with red piping. The slacks are the same as the ones included with the “Yacht Club” outfit of 1958.
  • Pale pink nightie with lace trim at armholes, neckline and hem; blue satin bow at waist.
  • Long-sleeve white robe with blue flowered print, lace trim, blue ribbon at neck.
  • Undies, shoes and accessories

Note: B&W photos of the catalog illustrations for the following giftsets can be found in “Madame Alexander Collector’s Dolls, second series” by Patricia R. Smith

“Elise on Tour” was an FAO Schwarz exclusive in 1958. Included blue formal with under-skirt and hooped petticoat, silver heels, stockings, jewelry and bag; pink ballerina outfit with nylon tulle tutu skirt and satin bodice, trimmed with pink flowers; dotton nylon dress with petticoat, panties and low-heeled shoes; pink crepe nightie. The catalog illustration also shows a pants outfit. Came with Elise doll in an 18″ trunk.

“Lady Elise Trousseau” was offered by FAO Schwarz in 1961. It included a blue net gown trimmed with rosebuds over a double nylon taffeta crinoline; taffeta evening cloak; pink polished cotton street-length dress; taffeta slip and panties; double-skirted nylon nightgown with flowered taffeta robe; handbag; shoes; stockings; mirror, comb and brush. Came with Elise doll in an 18″ trunk.

“Elise on Vacation” was an FAO Schwarz exclusive for 1964. It included a blue lace-trimmed organdy gown; blue taffeta cocktail dress; red gabardine suit; riding habit with boots and hat; pink tulle ballerina costume with slippers; extra undies; lace-trimmed tricot nightie; evening bag; masquerade mask; shoes; stockings; vanity set. This set came with an Elise doll in a 20″ trunk.



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