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Alexander designed outfits-including a bridal
gown, long formals, and more casual dresses. A
17-inch doll with the Polly face named "Mary
Ellen Playmate" was made exclusively to be
sold at the Marshall Fields Department Store.
She wore a lovely soft pink organdy gown with
rows of lace. In the large Sound of Music set by
Madame Alexander the Polly face was used on
"Maria." Madame Alexander offered a Marlo
Thomas doll inspired by the television series
"That Girl" that aired in 1966-1971. This doll
is a brunette made with the newer Elise body
type, and she did not have the Polly smile.
Marlo Thomas, a one year only doll made in
1967, was offered in two different outfits-a
royal blue and green dress with white high
heeled boots and a garnet and red velvet gown.
This doll bears a striking resemblance to the
celebrity. Very unusual to find is a prototype of
the Marlo Thomas doll made in 1966 marked
ALEXANDER19(C)66 on the back of her head.
The prototype doll wore a red and white day
dress with square snaps. Many baby boomers
remember "That Girl."
Check the Fall 2019 issue of DOLL NEWS for
Hard-to-Find Madame Alexander Dolls Part 1 by
Jane Foster which contains additional information
on these difficult to come by dolls.

A mint original
"That Girl" doll in
her tagged 1967
royal blue and
green jersey dress
like this example is
seldom found.
The Marlo Thomas
doll also wears
her original wrist
tag. From author's
collection.

References and Resources:
The author would like to express appreciation
to Rodney Waller, Janice Newlands, Zendelle
Bouchard, Robert Tonner, and Theriault's for their
generous sharing of information and pictures. Also
a special thanks to her husband, Gerald Foster, for
photographing her dolls.
"Madame Alexander and the Irwin Plastic Company" by
Janice Newlands, DOLL NEWS, Summer 2002
"The Most Beautiful Dolls..." by Jane R. Thomas,
John H. Thomas 1976
"Polly A Rare 1965 Madame Alexander Doll" by Janice
Newlands, DOLL NEWS, Spring 2004
Madame Alexander Catalog Reprints 1942-1962 Vol. 1,
by Barbara Jo McKeon
The Collector's Encyclopedia of Madame Alexander
Dolls 1965-1990 by Patricia Smith, Collector Books,
Paducah, Kentucky, 1991

The prototype
Marlo Thomas
doll in her red and
white day dress is
certainly unusual
to find. Courtesy
of Zendelle
Bouchard
and from the
collection of
Maria Lantange.
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