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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Hot Black Friday toys: Grab them if you canWXIA-TV, November 19th
Babblebaby (Madame Alexander Doll Company) $119.95 "She feels like a real baby for kids to roll play," Mierzejewski said. The classic baby doll is always a good buy, but this one babbles, coos, cries, and giggles. There are six dolls in the collection...Read more
'Little bits of life' remain after house fireSalisbury Post, November 18th
Wednesday morning Davis picked through the charred pieces of those memories, looking for “little bits of life.” She found a few: a fur jacket, a set of Madame Alexander dolls, her own wedding dress and, somewhere in the boxes in the garage, tulip bulbs...Read more
Mom creates male version of American Girl Doll for six-year-old sonKTVU San Francisco, November 1st
Wagner bought an 18-inch Madame Alexander doll for $25 on eBay, cut its hair, removed the doll's makeup and changed its clothes. She says in the end, she spent less than $50 to complete the project. Her son Miles named the new doll Fred and says he ...Read more
Shop owner's love of dolls becomes her livelihoodTimes Record News, October 30th
Â She said many start with a Madame Alexander doll or maybe a storybook or nursery rhyme doll. It is all a personal preference. "I still get a kick out of seeing the kids come in the store and watch as they look at the dolls, especially those who...Read more
Mom makes “American Boy” doll for sonfox13now.com, October 29th
That's when Wagner decided to create her own. In a blog post, she explains how she turned an 18-inch Madame Alexander doll into a mini Miles. “In all, I invested less than $50 and a couple hours to give my son the doll of his dreams,” Wagner wrote...Read more
Mom Makes Son, 6, 'American Boy Doll' for BirthdayYahoo Parenting, October 28th
First, she ordered a Madame Alexander doll on eBay for $25. “If I looked past the hot pink lipstick and hair bow, I saw the spitting image of my son,” Wagner writes of the doll, which originally came with long hair, a cheerleader outfit, and a face...Read more
Determined Mom Creates 'American Boy Doll' For 6-Year-Old Son's BirthdayPeople Magazine, October 27th
turned 7, she received one of American Girl's popular "Truly Me" dolls, customized to look like her," Wagner explains on her blog. "My son, naturally, wanted a doll that looks like him, too. Trouble is, there are no 18-inch 'American Boy' dolls...Read more
The Madame Alexander Doll Company And Kahn Lucas Appoint Jamie Cygielman As ...PR Newswire (press release), May 11th
NEW YORK, May 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Madame Alexander Doll Company, a 92-year-old toy company, and Kahn Lucas, a 126-year-old privately owned, girls' apparel company, announced the appointment of Jamie Cygielman as General Manager, ...Read more