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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Toy Fair 2015 Comic Collectibles Round-Up: Zombies and Turtles and ...ComicsAlliance, February 24th
While collectible dolls might not traditionally be something we'd be seeking out at Toy Fair, we couldn't help but notice the new line of DC figures coming from Madame Alexander. Typically associated more with high-end fashion dolls, seeing Wonder...Read more
Designer looking for crowd funding for new bookMyCentralJersey.com, February 18th
Deb designs for Gotz, American Girl, Madame Alexander, Kidz 'N' Cats and other 18-inch dolls, and she already has self-published a couple of books, "Seasonal Hand Knitted Designs" Vol. 1 for fall/winter and Vol. 2 for spring/summer. You can find them...Read more
The Madame Alexander Doll Company Builds On Its Iconic Legacy By ...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
Batman, 'Frozen' highlight new Madame Alexander dollsUSA 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
Madame Alexander Doll display featured for reopeningChico Enterprise-Record, January 31st
Madame Alexander is a brand of American collectible dolls that were introduced in 1923. The doll line was the creation of Beatrice Alexander who as a young girl grew up surrounded by dolls as she lived above her father's doll hospital, the first ever...Read more
?FAKE BABY? IN AMERICAN SNIPER IS INTRODUCED AS A MADAME ...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
Vrooom! Madame Alexander to produce NASCAR Danica Patrick Play Doll ...The Rock Father, January 17th
Now, the folks at Madame Alexander are stepping-up to go a little bit bigger, teaming with NASCAR and driver Patrick for some new collections of play dolls featuring the driver of the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR ...Read more
THE MADAME ALEXANDER DOLL COMPANY AND NASCAR TEAM ...Virtual Press Office (press release), January 15th
THE MADAME ALEXANDER DOLL COMPANY AND NASCAR TEAM PROPERTIES. ENTER LICENSING AGREEMENT BEGINNING IN 2015. The World-Renowned Madame Alexander Doll Company Will Join Forces in 2015 With. NASCAR and NASCAR ...Read more