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Embracing Iconic Figures: 12 Stars Immortalized as 'Barbie' Dolls



"Enduring Legacy: A Historical Journey of Celebrity Dolls"


Celebrity dolls have enjoyed a rich history that dates back to the 1840s when renowned ballerinas graced paper dolls, and military heroes took on doll form during the 19th century. As silent films emerged, dolls of film stars began to captivate audiences.


Among the pioneering celebrity dolls was the John Bunny doll, a tribute to the silent film star, crafted in 1914 by Louis Amberg & Sons. Following suit in 1915, the first Charlie Chaplin doll entered the scene. The Amberg company achieved immense success with the composition Baby Peggy doll in 1923. Another trailblazer emerged in the 1930s with the Shirley Temple doll by Ideal, becoming one of the most beloved and successful celebrity dolls of all time.


The trend continued, with millions of composition Shirley dolls produced since 1934, and variations still being crafted today, primarily in porcelain or vinyl. Renowned doll companies such as Madame Alexander and Ideal also joined the fray, immortalizing stars like Sonja Henie, Jane Withers, and Deanna Durbin.


Throughout the years, celebrity dolls have retained their popularity, fueled by the fervent admiration for stars that flourished from the 1980s through the first decade of the 21st century. As a cross-over collectible with broad appeal, many collectors believe that these dolls hold the potential for future appreciation in value.


Among the iconic celebrities immortalized as Barbie dolls by Mattel, the list includes Audrey Hepburn, Diana Ross, and Twiggy, representing a testament to the enduring fascination with these remarkable figures.


All Photos by Mattel.



Audrey Hepburn


Back in 1998, the Barbie doll portraying Audrey Hepburn in her iconic role as Holly Golightly in Capote's "Breakfast at Tiffany's" was introduced to the market.

Cindy Lauper


A barbie of Cyndi Lauper in typical Cyndi Lauper outfit was released in 2010.



Elvis


Babrie of “The King” dressed in the iconic outfit was realesed in 2001.


Farrah Fawcett


Achieving international fame, Farrah Fawcett became an icon after her unforgettable red swimsuit poster became the best-selling pin-up poster in history. She further solidified her status by starring as private investigator Jill Munroe in the inaugural season of the television series "Charlie's Angels" (1976-77). Honoring her legacy, the Barbie doll of Farrah Fawcett was finally released in 2011.

Diana Ross


An amazing Diana Ross Barbie was released by Mattel in 2003.


Frank Sinatra


In the year 2000, the Frank Sinatra Barbie doll was introduced to the public.



Grace Kelly


The Grace Kelly Barbie doll, inspired by her iconic role in Hitchcock's "Rear Window," was made available to collectors and fans.


In 1997, the Barbie doll portraying Marilyn Monroe in her iconic white "flying dress" from the 1955 film "The Seven Year Itch" was released for fans and collectors to enjoy.


Rosie O'Donnell


Introducing the Rosie O'Donnell Barbie, inspired by her iconic TV show "The Rosie O'Donnell Show." Now fans can have a piece of the beloved show and its host in the form of this special Barbie doll.


70's Cher


Cher, a renowned entertainer, ventured into television in the 1970s with two successful shows: "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour," which captivated over 30 million viewers weekly throughout its three-year run, and "Cher." Known for her extravagant fashion choices, she became a trendsetter by donning elaborate outfits on her television programs. In 2007, the 70s Cher doll was released, allowing fans to cherish her iconic style and presence in their collections.


Elizabeth Taylor


The Elizabeth Taylor White Diamonds Barbie was released in 2012.


James Dean


In 2001, Mattel released the James Dean Barbie doll, dressed in the iconic red jacket from the movie "Rebel Without a Cause," paying tribute to the legendary actor's timeless and rebellious style.

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