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Celebrity Dolls

Celebrity dolls are fun to collect, and give a glimpse into the popular culture of the 20th century. The can be made from any material, and can represent any famous person. The most common celebrity dolls are of movie and television stars, but there are also dolls of musical idols, politicians, sports stars, royalty and fashion models. (Many doll artists have made celebrity dolls, but this site will focus on dolls made as children's toys.) The listing below is just a fraction of the many dolls that have been made of famous people.

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Yvonne Dionne doll by Madame Alexander The Dionne Quintuplets were the first surviving set of identical quintuplets in history. Their birth in Canada in 1934 was a media sensation. Alexander acquired the rights to make dolls of them, which they did in several different baby and toddler versions. They were usually sold as sets of five dolls. Many other doll companies made unlicensed versions of the Dionnes. Alexander has reissued them in vinyl in recent years.
Photo courtesy of Nancy McKee.
Shirley Temple doll by Ideal Shirley Temple doll by Ideal Shirley Temple doll by Ideal Shirley Temple is the queen of celebrity dolls. She was first made in composition (shown far left) by Ideal in the 1930s at the height of her movie stardom, and was the biggest selling doll of the time. Paper doll versions of her were also popular. When Shirley had a television show in the late 1950s, Ideal came out with vinyl versions of her (shown middle left). A large size Shirley Temple was part of the Playpal family of dolls in 1960 (shown near left). Another version, aimed more at collectors, was issued in the early '70s. Since then, Shirley has been made in many versions by many different companies for the collector market.
Playpal photo courtesy eBay seller your-favorite-doll.
Jane Withers doll by Madame Alexander Jane Withers doll by Madame Alexander Jane Withers doll by Madame Alexander Jane Withers doll by Madame Alexander Jane Withers was a child star in the 1930s. She was made by Alexander in several sizes. Some were all composition (like the 15" doll pictured) and some had a compo head and limbs on a cloth body.
Photos courtesy eBay seller your-favorite-doll.
Deanna Durbin doll by Ideal Deanna Durbin doll by Ideal Deanna Durbin doll by Ideal Deanna Durbin was a classically trained teenage singer and pianist who starred in several films for Universal Studios beginning in 1936. She successfully transitioned to adult roles but retired in 1949 to live a private life and raise her family. Ideal captured her composition in 1938 and '39, in 14", 21" and 25" sizes, in a variety of outfits.
Princess Elizabeth doll by Alexander Princess Elizabeth doll by Alexander Elizabeth II has been made in doll form by several different companies, beginning in 1937 when she was a Princess and continuing through her coronation in 1953 until today. Pictured at left are two 1938 composition dolls by Alexander.
Photos courtesy eBay seller your-favorite-doll.
Baby Sandy doll by Freundlich Baby Sandy, another child movie star, was made by Ralph Freundlich Inc. from 1939 to 1942. Read more on the Freundlich page.
Sonja Henie doll by Madame Alexander Sonja Henie doll by Madame Alexander Sonja Henie doll by Madame Alexander Sonja Henie doll by Madame Alexander Sonja Henie was a Norwegian ice skater who won the Olympic gold medal in 1928, 1932 and 1936. When she retired from competition, she had a second career in the movies. Alexander made Sonja Henie in composition from 1939-42 (shown at left) and in a totally different version with vinyl head and hard plastic body in 1951.
Photos courtesy eBay seller your-favorite-doll.
_w_general1 (2K) General Douglas MacArthur was made in an 18" compositin version. Learn more on the Freundlich page.
Margaret O'Brien doll by Madame Alexander Margaret O'Brien doll by Madame Alexander Margaret O'Brien doll by Madame Alexander Margaret O'Brien was a child movie star in the 1940s. Alexander made her in composition in 1946-7 (shown at left), and in a hard plastic version in 1948.
Photos courtesy eBay seller your-favorite-doll.
Shari Lewis doll by Alexander Shari Lewis had a children's television show in the late fifties featuring her puppet Lambchop. Alexander made a hard plastic version of her with a unique head mold in 14" and 21" sizes. Visit the Shari Lewis page for more info on these dolls.
James Bond doll by Gilbert Actor Sean Connery played superspy James Bond in several films of the 60s. Gilbert issued this James Bond doll in 1965. The box features a photo of Connery from the film "Thunderball." This doll used the same body as Tammy's brother Ted by Ideal.
Talking Buffy doll by Mattel Anissa Jones played Buffy on the television series "Family Affair" from 1966 to 1971. Buffy was made by Mattel in a 6.25" posable version and a 10" talking version (shown left). This version pictured Anissa Jones on the box. Buffy was always accompanied by her doll, Mrs. Beasley.
Photo courtesy of Nancy McKee.
Twiggy doll by Mattel Twiggy doll outfit by Mattel Twiggy was a very thin British fashion model who was all the rage in the late sixties. Mattel made a doll of her using the head and body molds of their Casey doll. Her original outfit was a minidress with wide vertical stripes. Pictured is one of the extra outfits that was available for her.
Photos courtesy eBay seller your-favorite-doll.
Julia doll by Mattel Julia doll outfit by Mattel Diahann Caroll played a nurse on the NBC show Julia from 1968 to 1971. Mattel made a Barbie-sized regular version of her, dressed in a nurse's uniform (pictured) as well as a talking version, sold dressed in a silver and gold jumpsuit. There were also four extra outfits available, including Candlelight Capers (pictured) and a rare Sears only giftset. Most Julia dolls today are found with their brunette hair oxidized to a red color.
Photos courtesy eBay seller your-favorite-doll.
Cher doll by Mego Growing Hair Cher doll by Mego Sonny doll by Mego Mego made vinyl dolls of singing couple Sonny and Cher in the mid-seventies. Cher was made in a few different versions and both dolls had extra outfits available.
Photos courtesy eBay seller your-favorite-doll.
Farrah Fawcett doll by Hasbro Farrah Fawcett was made in doll form by Hasbro in 1977, as part of the Charlie's Angels series which also featured Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith. These dolls are 8.5" tall. Mego made Farrah in a 12.5" version a year or so earlier, with extra outfits.
Photos courtesy eBay seller your-favorite-doll.
Donny Osmond doll by Mattel Donny Osmond doll by Mattel Donny Osmond doll by Mattel Singing siblings Donny & Marie Osmond had a hit television show in the 70s. Mattel sold dolls of them individually and together in set. They had many extra outfits for purchase. The dolls were the same size as Barbie and Ken and could wear their clothes as well. Marie was also sold as a 30" Modeling Doll with patterns to sew for her. A doll of Donny and Marie's little brother Jimmy Osmond was also made by Mattel.
Photos courtesy of Nancy McKee.
Cheryl Ladd doll by Mattel Kate Jackson doll by Mattel Cheryl Ladd and Kate Jackson from the television show "Charlie's Angels" were issued by Mattel in 1978 as part of their TV's Star Women series, along with stuntwoman Kitty O'Neil. The dolls are 11.5" tall and were made with the same body as Barbie, so their extra outfits would fit her, and vice versa.
Photos courtesy eBay seller your-favorite-doll.
Andy Gibb doll by Ideal Andy Gibb was the younger brother of the Bee Gees and had several disco hits in the late 70s. Ideal immortalized him in vinyl; he was sold singly or as a set with a girl doll, Brandi.
Photo courtesy eBay seller your-favorite-doll.
Kristy McNichol doll by Mattel Teen actress Kristy McNichol was immortalized by two different doll companies. Mattel made this 10" version in 1979 as a tie-in to her TV show, while Mego produced a 9.5" version that doesn't mention the show or the character she played.
Photo courtesy eBay seller your-favorite-doll.
_ka_brooke1 (6K) Model and actress Brooke Shields was made in doll form by LJN in the early '80s. Go to the Brooke Shields page for more info.
Photo courtesy of eBay seller king-auctions.

Sources for this page include:

  • "The Encyclopedia of Celebrity Dolls" by John Axe
  • "Collector's Guide to Dolls of the 1960s and 1970s, Volume I" by Cindy Sabulis
  • "Collector's Guide to Dolls of the 1960s and 1970s, Volume II" by Cindy Sabulis
  • "Collector's Guide to Ideal Dolls" by Judith Izen
  • "Madame Alexander Collector's Dolls" by Patricia Smith
  • "Thirty Years of Mattel Fashion Dolls" by J. Michael Augustyniak

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