Oct 102010

The Rosie O’Donnell celebrity doll depicts her as a talk show host.  The doll was manufactured by Mattel in 1999 as a “Friend of Barbie”.  Rosie O’Donnell was well known at the time as a stand up comic, movie star, and as host of a multiple Emmy award winning talk show The Rosie O’Donnell Show from 1996 to 2002.  She is scheduled to host a new talk show in the fall of 2011, has a 2 hour daily radio show on SIRIUS, and runs a blog at www.rosie.com.

Five dollars from the sale of every doll was donated to O’Donnell’s charity the For All Kids Foundation, Inc.. The doll sold well as an alternative to Barbie, but it’s longevity for play was shorted by Mattel because they didn’t make clothing in the doll’s size.  The doll was forever in the red jacket, brown pinstriped button down vest, and the white t-shirt with attached matching red pants  it came wearing.  The doll also came with a microphone and high top white sneakers with crew socks.

The doll was made as a toy not a collector’s doll and it’s legs bend, shoulders go around, torso swivels, and neck moves in all directions.  Only the arms are stiff.  The box came with a photo of the set of The Rosie O’Donnell Show on back of the box, so you could play talk show with it.

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  3 Responses to “Rosie O’Donnell”

  1. Rosie O Donnell is Mattel’s first Lesbian celebrity doll produced and released in 1999 and I am proud to say that I own her in my collection today as well.

  2. I personally love this doll I have 10 of them now and have made the ones that I’m not keeping original custom outfits I think her body is very unique and beautiful a great alternative to Barbie I don’t know why they didn’t use the body on more dolls is way better then the new curvy Barbie although I do wish the dolls arms went out but literally that is all I would change even if you don’t like Rosie I suggest that you get one to try out she is quite cute you can always repaint her if you don’t like her original face .

  3. Thanks for taking the time to comment even if it is just a link to the most recent article on your website about doll collecting. tommydoll is a fantastic site and I look forward to reading more from an insider on doll manufacturing.

    Agreed, the Rosie doll was limited to what she came with and the red suit brown vest outfit isn’t very inspiring. Even though it was released when Rosie O’Donnell was at her talk show peak, it was in the bargain doll bins for years afterward for $3-4. The Rosie O’Donnell plush doll however was extremely popular and sold out as fast as they could produce them. O’Donnell came out shortly after the doll was released as well so that may have hampered sales.

    Barbie’s Friend is a very playable, well made doll and a pleasure to have in the museum collection.

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