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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?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
BEST SELLING BOOK I?M A PRETTY LITTLE BLACK GIRL! COMES TO LIFE ...Virtual Press Office (press release), January 30th
“I am thrilled to be working with Madame Alexander on this project,” said creator/author Betty K. Bynum. “The book presents our girls with love, self-appreciation, good manners, ambition and a return to innocence – and the Mia doll is the culmination...Read more
NEW INTERACTIVE BABY DOLLS AND ACCESSORIES FOR 2015Virtual Press Office (press release), January 30th
dolls for newborns and little girls. Being at the forefront of creating dolls that girls love is what has made the Madame Alexander Doll Company successful for over four generations. Today, we introduce our newest Little Sister Babblebaby™, plus a new...Read more
Oroville city museums reopen this weekend; special exhibit at Lott HomeOroville Mercury Register, January 29th
At the Lott Home, a collection of 25 Madame Alexander dolls had been arranged for the re-opening. This a brand of American collectible dolls that were introduced in 1923, the creation of Beatrice Alexander who as a young girl grew up surrounded by...Read more
Beyond Playtime: The Mia Doll Emphasizes Positive Images For Girls Of ColorMadame Noire, January 28th
For the doll collection, Bynum has inked a partnership with collectible doll maker Madame Alexander, who has licensing deals with Disney, Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, Fancy Nancy, Pinkalicious, and Angelina Ballerina. The Mia doll is slated to...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
Old Rectory houses Doll Museum and Gift ShopThisWeekNews, January 5th
The Old Rectory, located at 50 W. New England Ave. and built in 1845, houses the Worthington Historical Society's Doll Museum and Gift Shop. Dolls and toys in the collection include “Toni” dolls, early Madame Alexander dolls, metal and popular toys...Read more