If Movie Stars Were Dolls...

We're having one DOLLICIOUS time in Paris this time around! Dolls of all types, sizes and shapes have literally invaded the French capital, appearing here, there and everywhere. In addition to the humongous Barbie exhibition we covered two posts ago, there are vintage dolls with their wardrobes on display across the way at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs' exhibition's "300 Years of Fashion." In another part of town, 12" dolls and action figures have come together at the city's Doll Museum for an exhibition focusing on "Hollywood Stars as Dolls."

On view through September 3, La Musee des Poupees is featuring over a hundred dolls and action figures, all fashioned in the image of iconic stars representing the glory days of the silent film era to the blockbusters of today. Many are familiar faces you know from Mattel's collector series like Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, and Audrey Hepburn Barbies. But there are a few surprises.

Grace Kelly
The James Bond series with 12-inch effigies of Sean Conner and Roger Moore, complete with martini fixings and handguns as well as a few of the film's Bond girls and notorious villains are a few examples of merchandise produced to promote the franchise. Other not-so-familiar figurines include a John Wayne cowboy, Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction), Rock Hudson and Doris Day, Jessica Lange complete with the gorilla (King Kong), Shirley Temple, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich and even Laurel & Hardie and Groucho Marx. There are dolls representing the films, Titanic, Twilight Batman, Star Wars, Star Trek, Grease, Wizard of Oz, Cinderella and even The Adams Family! We also appreciated seeing pop stars in miniature: Diana Ross, Cher, Barbara Streisand and Elvis. In all, there are 24 Windows all populated with these 12" stars encircled with posters and photos of their namesakes. In addition to Mattel, there are also dolls from the Tonner Doll Company, Disney, Hasbro, DC Comics and Mego.
Roger Moore

Sean Connery

James Bond girls

While this is not the over-the-top Barbie exhibit we saw across town, it is a more intimate event doll lovers will find to be charming and worth the trip. For those of ou unfamiliar with this museum, the price of admission also includes a stroll through their "history of dolls" permanent exhibition.
Adams family, Jim Carey

Laurel & Hardy, Groucho Marx, Josephine Baker

Once again I have posted a great deal of photos for those of you who cannot make it to Paris to see this. I've also noted below, the museum's website so that you can keep up with all the museum's activities should you ever visit this neck of the woods. There is also a resale shop for vintage dolls (on site and online), clothes & accessories, books and cards. Appraisal and restoration service is also available here.
Catwoman, Batman

Charlie's Angels
"Hollywood Stars as Dolls." Musee de la Poupee. Impasse Berthaud. 75003 Paris. (Metro: Rambuteau or Les Halles). Open Tuesday-Saturday 1-6pm (last entry at 5:30pm) except holidays. Entrance: 8 Euros

Doris Day, Rock Hudson

Gone with the wind


Greta Garbo

Jessica Lange

Johnny Depp

Dick van Dyke, Julie Andrews

Marilyn Monroe

I Love Lucy

Cher, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Elvis

Shirley Temple

Star Trek

Star Wars
All photos taken by Fashion Doll Stylist. 2016.

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