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Brenda Starr

doll

Some might find it a bit ironic that, in early 1960s, the Alexander Doll Company offered a doll based on the heroine of the long-running comic strip "Brenda Starr, Reporter." There is irony in that Madame Alexander as a woman succeeded in doll making, an industry overwhelmed by men and that for the 70 years Brenda Starr appeared in newspapers, she, too, succeeded in a profession dominated by men. In an additional irony, Dale Messick, who created Brenda Starr, took a man's name because she confronted many of the same obstacles that her star character faced. The 12-inch attractive doll that embodied all this irony featured Brenda's eye-catching red hair, good looks, and shapely body. The Alexander Doll Company offered a variety of dresses and accessories suitable for every adventure that the globe-trotting Brenda took on in her pursuit of the news story. The doll did not sell well, perhaps because, like Brenda Starr herself, the doll was ahead of its time.

ManufacturerAlexander Doll Company
Materialvinyl | molded plastic | paint | fabric | printed paper
OriginNew York, NY
Object ID113.5901

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