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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Brown, an ex-accountant, started his company in October 2012 after being laid off from the Madame Alexander Doll Co., a New York-based luxury doll maker. Brown also developed his own trademark, a distinctive metal plate with “LVL XIII” engraved on it, ...Read more
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Hyman now laughs about it, doing an imitation of the guy in a baby-doll octave. But at the time she was floored. Weeks before the patronizing VC trapped her hand in his grip, Hyman had gotten .... Hyman recruited Charles Ickes, who had run high-end dry...Read more
Boyd's Bears Closes Their Doors ForeverPR.com (press release), August 18th
Predominant doll manufacturers include: Heart and Soul Dolls; Madame Alexander Dolls; Hidegard Gunzel Dolls; Heidi Plusczok Dolls; Lorella Falconi Dolls; Helen Kish Dolls and Adora Dolls. They also carry the very popular Jim Shore Figurines, as well as ...Read more
Yvonne SandbergDixie Press Online, August 13th
Her daughters, granddaughters, great-granddaughters and nieces link her with shopping trips, white gloves, matching sun suits, days at the beach, and Madame Alexander dolls. She put a positive spin on everything she touched, and left so many of us ...Read more
The Good Eye: Passion Play: Don't call them action figuresAustin Chronicle, August 6th
I went through a doll phase from age 10 to 14. It started when my mom gave my sister and me the Madame Alexander dolls of her girlhood: Meg and Beth from Little Women. Amy was next for me, naturally; my sister, to my chagrin, got Jo. We exhausted...Read more
Opal Ophelia Royal Hancock Dies At 95Southwest Florida (blog), August 6th
She was a member of the Retired Ladies of US Sugar Corp, Evangel Assembly of God, Honorary Member of Clewiston Chamber of Commerce, National Autumn Leaf Collectors Club, Madame Alexander Doll Club, Ladies of the Lake USA, Clewiston Museum, ...Read more
Kurzweilig: "Gefährliche Liebschaften" in Bad GandersheimthatsMusical, August 5th
Mit ihrer Uraufführung "Gefährliche Liebschaften" von Heiko Lippmann, Christian Doll und Andreas Gäßler nach dem Roman von Choderlos de Laclos aus dem 18. Jahrhundert bereichern die Bad Gandersheimer Domfestspiele die ... Die Handlung ist bekannt und...Read more
SDCC2014: "The Boxtrolls" Roundtable Interview with Isaac Hempstead-Wright ...Toon Zone, August 4th
I was a Madame Alexander doll with my friend one year, but yeah, I really get into it. Strawberry Shortcake was a good one, too. Q: Isaac, have you ever been in the US for Halloween? ISAAC HEMPSTEAD-WRIGHT: No, I hear it's much bigger out here than it ...Read more