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Mrs. Beasley doll was a hit in 1960s

Girl carried her Mrs. Beasley doll from "Family Affair" with her wherever she went!

Sharon O'Brien with her Mrs. Beasley doll on her father's red Chevrolet truck, with her brother Dennis looking from behind.

My very favorite doll was Mrs. Beasley, modeled after the famous doll in the 1960s and ’70s TV show Family Affair. She was the best doll a 7-year-old could want, and she went everywhere with me. Mrs. Beasley disappeared over the years, and I would love to have another one like her. She was priceless to me.

Sharon O’Brien • Webster, Massachusetts

 

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Heather July 7, 2011 at 9:19 am

Sharon – I had a Mrs. Beasley doll. She was left in the basket of my new bicycle when I was 5. I still have her. Although she can no longer speak, and I have lost her glasses and skirt, she is still very precious and brings back wonderful memories of my childhood. I hope you can locate another some day.
Sincerely, Heather

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katherine smith August 7, 2012 at 10:17 am

Try seaching on Ebay for the skirt and glasses! Good luck!

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kelly February 26, 2014 at 9:51 pm

I have mrs. Beasley still too, lol I am 46 yrs old and have had her since i was 6, lol. her voice box is broken also, and i lost her glasses, but still have her skirt, lol

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Sarah Ostermann July 8, 2011 at 7:42 pm

I’m 25 years old. My grandparents had a Mrs. Beasley doll that all of us grandkids played with! I don’t know which cousin has it now since my granparents passed away, but I really hope they didn’t get rid of it! Brings back great memories.

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Sharon July 9, 2011 at 9:46 am

Sharon, I too am a Sharon and just saw your picture with the Mrs. Beasley doll and read your comments. I loved the fifties, sixties and seventies, and am always reminiscing. After reading what you said, I couldn’t help myself, as I know how I wish I still had a particular stuffed animal that I loved so much, so I went on ebay and found dozens of Mrs. Beasley dolls. Just though I’d tell you.

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Patricia david July 10, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Very surprized to pick up the article, and see the cute little girl with the Mrs Beasley doll. Sharon and Dennis are my children, and I remember taking the picture of them, with the doll and the red truck that we all went everywhere in.

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sherlene susanyatame July 11, 2011 at 9:31 am

I also had a Mrs. Beasley doll and i have been trying to find another one also, she went with me everywhere, and i know who took her but it’s been years since i even seen one like her until i was reading reminisce, and remembered. i also loved the show family affair, because it was only my self and brother being brought up by our father . We did’nt have a butler but it would have been nice.

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katherine smith August 7, 2012 at 10:16 am

Try a seach on Ebay. I bet you will actually have a choice of which Mrs. Beasley you would like to purchase! :)

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Janie Brackin July 13, 2011 at 5:50 pm

THE MRS . BEASLEY doll brings happy memories for me. My Daughter Cindy, liked her very much. We see some occasionly at ‘DOLL SHOWS’ and always admire them. They are truly a very special doll.

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Lola July 13, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Sharon, look on ebay. I just checked and there are several original Mrs. Beasley dolls up for bid right now. I hope you can get another one.
Good luck.
Lola

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michelle phillips July 14, 2011 at 6:03 am

When I was about 3 I was given a Mrs. Beasley doll. I loved that doll as though she were my firstborn. Occasionally mom would wash her in the machine. Her head fell off and mom promptly sewed it back on. Then her legs fell off and the arms so when mom got tired of sewing her together I took large safety pins and pinned her legs and arms back on. To cover her surgeries I put a baby sleeper on her and she felt like a real baby. She was a weird looking thing but I never noticed that until I got older and ran across a picture of one. I’m in my mid 40′s now and still remember how she felt in my arms and the smell of her plastic face. That smell didn’t quickly leave like most dolls do. I wonder how many dolls were sold because of that T.V. show?

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Nancy July 14, 2011 at 9:12 am

Sharon,
Recently in our local paper, there was an article about a local man, Keith Knight, who refurbishes and also sells Mrs. Beasley dolls. I’ve been thinking of having mine refurbished, as she no longer talks. But , she still has her glasses. I saved my allowance when I was 7 years old and sent it to my cousin, who worked for Mattel and actually made the Mrs. Beasley dolls, and she sent one to me.

Keith Knight is a resident of Wadsworth Ohio and his website for more information is
http://mattelmrsbeasley.com. Hope this is helpful.

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Keith Knight October 24, 2011 at 5:09 pm

I so enjoyed the story they wrote about myself and Mrs Beasley. I didn’t think I would see so many people in NE Ohio calling me. It feels so good to hear one of these old Mattel Talkers talk again. Please check out my web page. I only use Original Parts to repair our old talkers. I even had people from other states call and send me their Mrs Beasley for repair. There parents read it and sent the story on to them.

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Carol July 14, 2011 at 1:28 pm

A mail order catalog from Betty’s Attic (1-800-294-4068) advertises a talking Mrs. Beasley doll for $110 catalog number AH-34424. She is 20″ tall with a soft body, vinyl head and blond hair, she wears the familiar blue dress with white polka dots and yellow trim, sewn on shoes, and the distinctive black, square frame glasses. Although this is quite steep a price, the memories can be priceless! Their web address is http://www.bettysattic.com. Hope this helps.

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Keith Knight October 24, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Those dolls sure are not like the original. It is not worth the price or worth your time. they’re not at all like the original.

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Doreen October 25, 2011 at 3:02 pm

Sharon, Though I haven’t purchased the doll from Betty’s Attic I have purchased other items and the doll that is advertised I don’t feel is the original. You might try the large flea markets on the east coast, ex. Stormville Flea Mkt in Stormville NY or closer to you the Brimfield Antique Fair in August. I’ve been to both and a very good chance you’ll find one.

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Lisa July 14, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Dear Heather and Sharon,

I, too, had a Mrs. Beasley doll when I was a child, but I lost her long ago. Much to my surprise, my sisters gave me a replacement Mrs. Beasley doll upon graduating from law school! They had purchased her on Ebay for me.

Lisa

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Mike Pluta August 14, 2011 at 2:50 pm

My sister has a Mrs. Beasley doll. In fact, the picture of you and your brother could almost be a picture of my brother and sister, except Dad had a “Richard Petty Blue” 1972 Chevrolet Suburban!! Very cool! Brings back alot of memories!!

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Shirley Zink September 10, 2011 at 10:32 pm

We gave our daughter, Debbie, a Mrs. Beazley doll when she was 4. She never cared for dolls, but carried this one everywhere. We had a new car, and if we made her leave it in the car, she made sure it was locked. She didn’t worry about the new car being stolen, just about the doll. She still has it. Although it is well-worn from constant use, it was well loved.

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deb sheaffer October 14, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Still have mine but is missing accesories

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Keith Knight October 24, 2011 at 5:12 pm

If you need her accesories I sure can help. Please check out my web page..

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Tracy June 8, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Mine has the accessories and the pull string but the string just pulls in fast and she doesn’t ‘talk” anymore.

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keith knight August 6, 2012 at 8:15 pm

She can talk again. I restore there voice and also clean and restore Mrs Beasley..

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Tracy August 7, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Good to know! Thanks! :)

michelle October 20, 2011 at 12:40 am

wow!! just having those kind of memories makes you fortunate…
i myself had a “Googli Bear” doll that i’ve never been able to relocate, but i brought it to my new elementary school in the third grade for Show and Tell. if you squeezed it, the eyes would spin. so i was a little worried when recess came, and just about every child wanted to grab and play with it!!

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Nancy March 31, 2012 at 9:25 am

Oh! I loved the Mrs Beasley dolls! (And “Family Affair”) I never had one, but one of my friends did. Sharon, that pic of you and Mrs Beasley is ADORABLE! I love that your tights match her shoes, too! Hope you find another.

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Patty McGuane March 31, 2012 at 9:41 am

I got my Mrs Beasley when I was 7 or 8.She went every were with me.Even on the Gray hound Bus to Bedford ,Pa.I told her all of my secrets still have her to this day and am 52. I have a granddaughter of my own now .I gave her Mrs.Besley to sleep with.I have one in an organal box in my doll collection no longer talk.But I love them just the same.

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karry March 31, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Sharon- Mrs Beasley was my favorite doll also as a child! Iwould love to have another one too! the pic of you and mrs Beasley is adorable!

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Gena April 26, 2012 at 3:11 pm

I just rescued Mrs Beasley from my garage a year ago, I can’t believe I left her there for over 10 years. She sits with Pinky and Tiger, two other favorites from my childhood. It’s funny how much we can LOVE our toys.

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cheryl casale May 3, 2012 at 9:20 pm

i was 2 when i got mine , i lived in conn and we were leaving to florida and i was in the basment playing with her and my mom and dad were loading things in the old green station wagon getting ready for the trip to florida, i remember like i was there now my mom called me to hurry as i was hurring to get in car and we drove away about 20 minutes in to the drive i looked back out the window and started to cry and said my miss beasley my miss beasley i left her in the basement can we go back for her ? and my daddy said no it was to far and to this day i miss my miss beasley and wish i had one as i look at her foto i still cry ,and im 47 now

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Tracy June 8, 2012 at 7:54 pm

I had a Mrs. Beasley doll! I still have her put away! My sister and I had our tonsils out (like I think “everyone” did back then!) and we woke up in the hospital to find that we each had a Mrs. Beasley! and yes we too wanted one because Buffy had one on Family Affair! Mine sadly don’t talk anymore but I still remember her saying “looong ago I was a little girl just like you!” OR “would you like to try on my glasses?- you may if you wish!” :D Great memories!

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Christy Shanta June 15, 2012 at 9:43 pm

So nice to hear your stories about Mrs. Beasley! My sister had one and we loved her! Just a suggestion to those of you trying to find one: try EBay. I’ve seen quite a few, both original and redone, on there.

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Rose Mills August 1, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Mrs. Beasley. How well I remember this doll. Received one for Christmas.

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Gina Rodriguez August 29, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Sorry to hear that some many people still wishing that they had Mrs. Beasley.I went to a garage sale this past weekend.I bought a bunch of still from this older man.And Mrs Beasley was just laying on a table. I picked her up and wow what memories.I asked him do you no who this is.Of course he did’nt know he did’nt play with dolls ,so he told me awwww just take her you can have it he had a 75 cent sticker on her.But instead of charging me for it ,he gave it to me and only thing wrong is no glasses.I’ll charish my Mrs. Beasley now. ;)

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JUDITH April 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm

When Mrs. Beasley first came on the market, I knew I just had to get one for each of our daughters. I HAD to get them because I was the one who really loved that adorable doll.!! They are gone now and I am still looking for one for myself, but after all these years I have had no luck whatsoever. Still looking!

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m. lindsey April 21, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Was there ever metal gold colored square rimmed
glasses on Mrs. Beasley dolls? I have a pair of
slightly shaded gold metal square rimmed doll
glasses from my daughter’s mrs. beasley doll.
I saw a pair of gold glasses on “mrs. beasley doll
glasses in museums.

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Annette Hoult July 20, 2013 at 12:01 pm

I restore the voices on Mrs. Beasley dolls, as well as Drowsy and other vintage 1960s -1970s Mattel pull-string talkers. Feel free to stop by my website if your doll needs repair: http://www.fixmybeasley.com.

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Janet September 23, 2013 at 12:06 pm

I also had a Mrs. Beasley doll, but she was tiny, only a few inches tall. I used to put her glasses on my Barbie doll and they fit. Judging from your picture, you and I could be sisters, yellow yarn ribbon and all.

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Dawn October 12, 2013 at 3:25 pm

I still have my Mrs. Beasley doll. She’s in excellent condition, wrapped very carefully in white tissue paper. She was without a doubt one of my favorite dolls.

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Anne October 16, 2013 at 4:48 pm

ABOUT 5 YEARS AGO Mattel came out with the vintage dolls Mrs. BEASLEY,
DROWSY AND DRESSY BESSIE. I had 2 Drowsey dolls as a child
Of course being the old string pull type they got broken.
The remakes are battery operated, but I am reunited with my
Old childhood friend.a

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tina ford November 12, 2013 at 2:34 pm

i too had a mrs. beasley doll and she was great comfort as a child, i took her with me when spent the night somewhere when my parents would go out. I always spent the night at my aunts so it was no big deal but i was kind of a mommy and daddy girl, would rather be with them and Mrs. Beaseley helped me thru

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linda venskus March 24, 2014 at 1:13 pm

I have a doll, BABY BOO from the middle 1960′s. I have the original box that she came in too. I will try to get a picture of her soon for you to see.

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