She's 16" tall.
|She has short stumpy legs.|
|Terri is known for her dimples.The original dolls had lumpy faces and looked like they had the mumps.I prefer this reproduction.|
|I had some trouble keeping the hair out of her face.|
She was around until 1962.Wait.That's the year I was born. Do you think she was trying to avoid me?!
|Hair-in-the-face problem solved!|
|I got her second hand though,and she was naked.This is a vintage dress, but not a Terri Lee dress.|
The original dolls were created by Violet Lee Gradwohl and sculpted by her cousin Maxine Stevens,and were based on Maxine's toddler daughter Drienne.But they were named after Violet's daughter,Harriet Wilma Gradwohl (Schrepel),whose nick name was Terri Lee.(Are you following me here? I think we need a scorecard.)Harriet,born in 1927,passed away in 1998.
This doll is all vinyl.The originals are composition, but after 1948 they were changed to plastic.
Eventually Terri was given a brother named Jerri Lee.(Jerri Lee did not play the piano or marry his cousin.) Jerri Lee was Terri's adopted brother, and was made from the same mold as Terri.He just had a shorter wig.
|Solving that hair-in-the-face problem.This reproduction doll has silky hair that combs and brushes nicely.|
At the height of Terri Lee's popularity there were hundreds of outfits and accessories made for her.
|I hope some of them were barrettes...|
In 1961 the company began selling their molds to other companies.They sold the molds until 1965, when they decided they didn't like other companies making their product, and went to court to (successfully) get their molds back. Maybe it's just me, but that seems not only stupid, but unfair to the people they sold the molds to.
HERE. But I'm not sure it's stillin use. The last thing seems to be from 2010.