Brenda Starr Dolls have been Retired by Effanbee Dolls
Brenda Starr, Reporter was created by Dale Messick - her comic strip debuted on June 30, 1940.
The flamboyant redhead was always beautifully dressed with never a hair out of place as she traveled the globe for her newspaper The Flash. Each assignment was an adventure filled with glamour, romance and intrigue.
Brenda, and her creater Dale Messick (who had to take a male name in order to be taken seriously in the world of comic strips), showed readers a new type of herione as she fought for the right to be treated as an equal. She had a sleek and sexy style that was on the cutting edge of fashion.
On September 16, 1945 Brenda dreamed of a tall, dark and hansome stranger with an eye patch and wearing a black cape. The following week the stranger turns out to be Basil St. John, a reclusive millionaire with a "secret disease" (the remedy is from a rare species of black orchids he grows). He figures prominently in future comic strips as Brenda's love interest.
Brenda Starr was produced as a doll by several companies including Madame Alexander Dolls and was featured in a number of movies including one starring Brooke Shields.
The Effanbee Doll Company introduced a new Brenda Starr 16 inch doll in 2000 featuring a sculpt by Sandra Bilotto. In 2002, Robert Tonner acquired Effanbee and "shrunk" the head sculpt to fit the Tyler Wentworth body so they could share clothes. Her skin tones were modified to a lovely shade and the vinyl was up-graded to that of the Tyler dolls.
The Effanbee Doll Company offered Brenda from 2002 to 2007 complete with extraordinary fashions. They also added other comic strip characters such as arch-rival Daphne Dimples and co-worker Betty Ann. During this time Effanbee also introduced Brenda Starr Undercover so that they could have Brenda appear with different colors of hair.
The Effanbee Doll Company retired Brenda Starr with a final collection in the fall of 2007
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