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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Barbie, Madame Alexander Get Dolled Up for Fashion WeekTWC News, September 22nd
And we're really excited that this collection is an international collection," says Judy Herbst, Senior Director of Marketing for Madame Alexander Doll Company. "We always come out with holiday dolls. We have our Christmas dolls, we have a Chanukah...Read more
A Sneak Peek at the New 'Scandal' Collection, Lauren Conrad's Wedding Gown ...StyleBistro, September 17th
For all the budding fashionistas on your Christmas list, Isaac Mizrahi is shrinking down his designs for his latest project: a collaboration with Madame Alexander Doll Company on collectible, limited-edition dolls. See what the designer had to say...Read more
Priceless items stolen from Houston-area family's storage unitKPRC Houston, September 11th
Hanson says 50-60 Madame Alexander dolls were taken from her unit. The collection is most likely worth at least $2,000. They were passed down to Hanson from her grandmother and she planned to pass them down to her own daughter. "It makes me very ...Read more
A Glut of Good Film at Toronto's Cinema Circus Bodes Well for NYC's Fall Movie ...New York Observer, September 10th
In the labyrinthine research conducted by idealistic lawyer Johann Radmann (played by German heartthrob Alexander Fehling from Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds) to expose the German conspiracy to cover up Nazi crimes, even the police refused to...Read more
An American Girl's TalePatheos (blog), September 5th
What I really always wanted was a Madame Alexander doll (first introduced in the 1920s): tulle-skirted, porcelain-faced with 50s eyebrows and prim rosebud lips, but my mother said that we could not afford one, end of story. And that was just what...Read more
Swarovski Holiday Crystal Figurines Arriving Soon at Beacon's Glow CollectiblesPR.com (press release), September 3rd
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
Doll exhibits from High Point get new life at museum in SpencerHigh Point Enterprise, August 31st
The exhibits — which include two dollhouses, a huge collection of Shirley Temple dolls and the Madame Alexander “Wizard of Oz” doll collection — can now be seen at the Spencer Doll and Toy Museum, which is located in downtown Spencer near the N.C. ...Read more
Local businessman suing Louis Vuitton over shoe trademarkNeighborNewspapers.com, August 22nd
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