Friday, August 22, 2014

It's Magic: Gene Marshall goes to Disneyland, 1961



Released in 2005 at the Modern Doll Collectors Convention held in Anaheim, California, October 20-22, the story behind this Gene Marshall doll was that she was visiting Disneyland in 1961. The limited edition of 150 was something that I really wanted for my collection, mainly because of the backstory. The doll (shown in photo #1) was auctioned off, but the outfit and accessories stayed. I wasn't crazy about the paint job. The dark eyebrows just seemed a bit severe. For this post, Derby Dreams (overwhelmingly the polled favorite on Studio Commissary) stands in for the original doll. Gene begins her 1961 trip to Anaheim by lounging at the Disneyland Hotel pool:



What follows has been adapted from the original story card to accompany these vintage Disneyland photos:



What luck! Gene was one of the fortunate VIPs to receive a Gold Pass to Disneyland for 1961!



She'd been a Disney fan since she got her first Snow White doll when she was about 15 (and the whole set of seven little Dwarfs — 11-inch stuffed dolls with painted faces and velvet costumes.) How fortunate to run into Mickey Mouse himself at the gate!



So, with her Gold Pass and friend and co-worker Madra Lord in tow (who graciously shot all of these photos), Gene hit the park!



The obligatory shot with the Sleeping Beauty Castle in the background:



exploring the newly opened Snow White Grotto with its marble figures straight from Italy:



twirling in the Mad Tea Party Tea Cups (that made Madra a little queasy!):



Gene and Madra enjoyed a little snack on the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship Restaurant in Fantasyland:



She got to pose with Peg-Leg Pete the Pirate:



At the nearby Skull Rock Cove waterfall:



What fun she had on the Matterhorn:



Getting ready to travel through "liquid space" on the Submarine attraction:



At mid-afternoon, Gene made a quick personal appearance in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle.



As the dusk set in and Tinker Bell made her flight from the Matterhorn to Sleeping Beauty Castle during the fireworks show, the lights flickered on across the park. Gene took time out to change into a lovely gown, befitting a fairy-tale princess. Here's the publicity shot of Gene in her outfit:



Looking magical:



Waving to guests below from the Castle balcony:



Gene gathered an exhausted Madra and started to leave. But before she could get through the gate, she got a special farewell from Mickey himself.


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Sunday, August 10, 2014

I Wish I Was In Manhattan...



As a salute to what appears to have been a resounding success, today's post is in honor of Sandra Stillwell's latest convention, Toast of Manhattan. You must check out her blog to see all of the amazing photo. In the meantime, here are a few photos of Gene modeling Tea Time at the Plaza while enjoying afternoon tea at the Palm Court inside New York City's famed Plaza Hotel.



This circa 1943 outfit was designed by Lynne Day and released in 1999.



Here's my shot BEFORE I added a little Photoshop magic to transport Gene into the Plaza Hotel.



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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Postcards from Cannes revisited



The last time I shot the Madra Lord outfit, Postcards from Cannes, was almost four years ago. I can't say I was really happy with the results. This time, I used J'Adore Gene with a few of the wig caps from Jamieshow and the photos turned out much better.



The fan is borrowed from one of Gene's Ashton Drake outfits.



All of the posing made Gene thirsty for a cocktail.



Saved my favorite for last:



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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Oona and Marlena



Amid much speculation, George Gonzalez & Mel Odom released the latest doll in the Gene Marshall series, heralding the return of Oona! The blonde lass was an absolute hit, with her limited edition of 100 selling out immediately.



Titled "Cool Breeze in Vegas," it is still possible to get on a waitlist here: http://www.jamieshow.us/IFDC-Exclusive-Mel-Odoms-Oona-Doll-Cool-Breeze-in-Vegas_p_447.html



Her accessories include a bright red trio of pumps, purse, and scarf:



A sneak peek at her violet eyes caused many to guess that the new release would be Zita Charles instead.



George also released this absolutely stunning doll named Marlena. With more than a nod to the legendary Marlene Dietrich, she is a showstopper.



With an even lower edition of 50, she too has sold out.



The name of this release is "Toast of Tinsel Town."



I do not believe she is even available for wait list anymore.



As they say, "you snooze, you lose."





Still crossing my fingers for a Trent release.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Gene as Grace



Today's post shows J'Adore Gene Marshall wearing a dress created by the talented Diane Wagner based on Grace Kelly's outfit from the Hitchock film, "Rear Window." Two different wig caps; the 2nd one was restyled by Kathy Johnson. It takes an army to make these photos!



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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Happy Birthday, Marilyn!



Had she lived, today would have been the 88th birthday of the legendary Marilyn Monroe. The Franklin Mint vinyl Marilyn is probably one of the best likenesses of Marilyn created in a doll. First up is the "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" outfit that Marilyn wore in the film's opening number, "Little Rock."

This outfit is known as "Walk of Fame," and was worn by Marilyn when she and Jane Russell were immortalized in the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theater.





The Franklin Mint's version of the outfit Marilyn wore when she entertained the troops in Korea:





One more of the Little Rock outfit:



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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Emerald Eve



Released in 2002, the Emerald Even outfit is a stunner. J'Adore, wearing two different wigs, models this shimmery vision of green.

From the story card:

In the winter of ‘55, That Joyous Season made audiences a little misty the whole world over. Set in the middle ‘40s, it was the heartwarming story of a young widow (Gene) who gets a new lease on life after bringing a 12-year-old war orphan from a European orphanage to America.

Their victories (learning each other’s languages, the widow teaching her young charge etiquette, the first glimmer of trust between them) and the obstacles thrown in their way (unfeeling immigration officials, snobbish society acquaintances, and cruel schoolmates) found their way into the hearts of audiences who still vividly remembered the War.

The climax of the film was at a holiday party thrown by the widow. All of the city’s elite had been invited, including the mayor. The widow, dressed in elegant emerald, had started toward the staircase to greet her guests. But the sounds of sniffling behind a bedroom door stopped her. Peeping in, she saw the girl kneeling by the bedside: “Please, Sinter Klaas, let me stay in America. I love The Pretty Lady so much...”

Tears in her eyes, the widow scooped up the girl and took her to the top of the staircase. The crowd, hushed, looked up, just as the widow said, “Dear friends, I’d like to have you meet—my daughter.”

Three years later, much to the viewing public’s delight, NBS aired That Joyous Season as a Holiday Special, hosted by Gene Marshall (wearing the same emerald dress)—and her now-teenaged co-star!




Which wigged Gene do you prefer?

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