With a successful history of high-quality hand-crafted dolls that spans over 80 years, Madame Alexander has become a household name in doll collecting.

Founder Madame Beatrice Alexander Behrman grew up surrounded by dolls. She lived above her father’s doll hospital, the first ever in the U.S., and started making her own cloth dolls during World War I to help his business. These cloth dolls are rare and highly collectible today.

Some of Madame Alexander’s first creations were dolls representing popular characters, such as Alice in Wonderland, Little Women, and the Three Little Pigs. She produced the first doll based on a licensed character (Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With the Wind), and she was the first doll manufacturer to make dolls based on living people (she created composition dolls representing the Dionne Quintuplets and a young Queen Elizabeth when she was still a Princess).

During World War II, she developed doll representations of the armed forces to boost morale, and by the late 1940s, she switched to using hard plastic for her dolls because it was harder to break.

In 1953, she released the Alexander-kins, eight-inch dolls made of plastic. Alexander-kins may be the most well-known Madame Alexander dolls today.

Madame Alexander also produced popular fashion dolls, First Lady dolls, international dolls, and baby dolls. Although she sold the company in 1988, dolls bearing the name "Madame Alexander" are still sold today.

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ComicsAlliance, February 24th

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MyCentralJersey.com, February 18th

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PR Newswire (press release), February 10th

NEW YORK, Feb. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Madame Alexander Doll Company introduced refreshed branding for its Baby, Play and Collection assortments of dolls and related accessories. Additionally, the Company announced a series of iconic ...Read more

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USA TODAY, February 5th

You know Batman. Now meet Bat-baby doll. The longtime New York City-based Madame Alexander Doll Co. has a refreshed branding strategy in 2015 aimed at moms and girls with new high-end toy collections featuring DC Comics characters, Crayola ...Read more

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Chico Enterprise-Record, January 31st

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Virtual Press Office (press release), January 30th

film?s littlest star has created much buzz amongst film critics and moviegoers. The ?fake baby? passed between actor Bradley Cooper and co-star Sienna Miller in the film?s nursery scene is none other than a. Madame Alexander Newborn Nursery baby doll ...Read more

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The Rock Father, January 17th

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