Vintage Paper Dolls – Part Eleven – Famous Faces

The theme today is Celebrity Paper dolls. There are an enormous number of celebrity paper dolls available today as reproductions of original sets but new ones are still being produced by paper doll artists such as Tom Tierney. Celebrity dolls can be movie and television stars, singers, dancers but also political figures or royalty. Recently I have seen  paper dolls of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Prince William’s mother the late Princess Diana was also a popular subject for paper doll artists as was Jackie Kennedy Onassis.

However today I want to show you some of the celebrity dolls that Naomi and I have discovered amongst her vintage paper doll collection and online as reproductions.

The ones I have chosen today should be familiar to many of you, at least those of you my age or older anyway 🙂

Annette Funcinello

If you were a child in the 1960s there is a good chance that you first saw Annette as a Mouseketeer on the Mickey Mouse Club or perhaps later in the popular “beach party movies”. There are several paper doll sets featuring Annette. We have a couple of them in our vintage collection and I will try to show you these in a future post. For now here are a few from a 1962 paper doll book

Jeannette MacDonald

Jeanette MacDonald was a familiar name to my sister and I as children because she was another of mum’s favourite singing movie stars particularly when she appeared in films with Nelson Eddy. However, I have to admit that I don’t really know a lot about her career.

This paper doll set has two dolls and features costumes from Jeannette’s films. According to the information I found, the costumes come from the films “New Moon”, “Bittersweet”, “Sweethearts”, “Maytime” and “Naughty Marietta” and was originally published in 1941.

Jeannette Macdonald
Jeannette Macdonald

Doris Day

Doris Day starred in romantic comedies through the 1950s and 60s and later had her own television show. This paper doll set originally published in 1955 also features two dolls in slightly different poses.

Shirley Temple

My mother in law, who was nearly the same age, used to tell me that when she was a child every mother wanted her little girl to look like Shirley Temple. I believe that for a time she was the most highly paid star in Hollywood.

There were a lot of paper doll books featuring Shirley from the 1930s but this one is a compilation produced in 1986 and has three dolls of different sizes. One really large, one medium-sized which is unusual in that it is two-sided. Shirley has both front and back and all the little dresses fold over. There is also a smaller doll.

Joanne Woodward

A star since the 1950s Joanne Woodward won an Oscar for “The Three Faces of Eve” in 1957. This paper doll set was originally published by Saalfield in 1958 and features two dolls with slightly different poses.

There are many, many more celebrity paper dolls so I’ll be sharing a few more in the near future.


If you are interested in learning more about the celebrities in this post here are some links. Jeannette MacDonald – Doris Day – Joanne Woodward



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