My Friend Mrs. Beasley

February 5, 2008 by Kailani  
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Today was spent shopping for a birthday gift for my 6 year old niece. As I browsed through the toy aisles, I was amazed at the variety of items available to children these days. They have everything from dolls that eat, drink, & pee to dolls that actually swim in the water! Wow!

When I was a child, the only doll I had was a Mrs. Beasley doll complete with a polka dot dress and glasses. She went everywhere with me and still sits on my childhood bed back at my parents’ house. She didn’t cry real tears or speak in 3 different languages and the glasses got lost somewhere along the way but her bright smile has never faded. We’ve been through a lot together and we were the best of friends.

Did you have a favorite doll growing up or maybe a favorite toy?

BTW, I went online and found out that you can buy a brand new Mrs. Beasley for $100! I bet mine didn’t cost more than $10 back then.

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I had lots of other dolls, but my very favorite and most treasured was also Mrs. Beasley. I think I got her for Christmas when I was two or three and I still have her, tucked away in my cedar chest with all my other treasures from my childhood and youth. She looks awful — her hair is flat in the back from lying down all the time, her glasses got stepped on and broken when I was little, she has a Kool-Aid stain on her butt, her voice box died, so my mom did a voice boxectomy, and I used to operate on her, so she’s covered in childish stitched up incisions. Oh, and I have no idea where her apron or collar are. ;)

But I was in the hospital frequently when I was a little girl, for long stretches of time, and Mrs. Beasley was my constant companion. She even made it into the operating room with me once, thanks to my sneaky mom who broke the rules and hid her under my sheet after a nurse said I couldn’t take her.

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24 Responses to “My Friend Mrs. Beasley”
  1. Stacey says:

    Oh.my.goodness! My best friend Tracy had this doll and I always wanted one! That brings a flood of memories. I had others, but my favorite ‘baby doll’ by far was Baby Tenderlove. She was the most like a real baby among my dolls.

    Thanks for the walk down memory lane. xo

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  2. Rach (Heart of Rachel) says:

    That’s a cute doll. My favorite doll was a Holly Hobby doll that my aunt gave me. I had many dolls but only Holly slept beside me.

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  3. Sheila says:

    Mrs. Beasley was my favorite, too!! I still have her in my old bedroom at my parent’s house. She’s not in the best of shape though and she’s had to be patched up a little bit. She was stored for many years and we later found out that mice had gotten to her.

    My Mrs. Beasley had a voice box. I remember her saying one phase, “My! What a big girl you are!” Did yours have a voice box with a pull string?

    Did you watch the show, Family Affair, that one of the character’s, Buffy, had a Mrs. Beasley doll? I did, but I just barely remember it.

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  4. Lissete says:

    I love Mrs. Beasley & I loved Family Affair! Favorite doll would have to be my Baby Crissy doll. Oh, and my Shirley Temple doll too.

  5. Baby Advice says:

    I had a scare crow doll that I just loved, and a teddy bear that went everywhere that I did! But wow $100 for a Mrs Beasley!!

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  6. witchypoo says:

    I think that outside of Disney and Sesame Street, Mrs. Beasley may have been the first merchandising to come from a tv show.

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  7. maria says:

    I had a Drowsy doll. She spoke when you pulled her string, things like “I am so sleepy”. I carried the same one for almost 4 years and then she got lost. I was almost 6 and it is one of my first clear memories, I was so heartbroken. My parents tried to replace her, but the new Drowsy was not the same.

    So I got a kitten…lol

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  8. tracey says:

    Anybody else have the Sunshine Family? Somewhat cheesy, very hippie Barbie type dolls…

    tracey’s last blog post..To my light speed daughter…

  9. Judy says:

    My favorite doll was a little cloth doll with a plastic face that a “big girl” neighbor had given me. I called her Cathy after the “big girl” (she must have been all of eight at the time…and to my five year old self she was great!). I slept with Cathy every night until she got lost somewhere….and I cried myself to sleep for weeks because I didn’t have my Cathy doll to sleep with.

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  10. Dee says:

    I had a Misses Beasley too. My favorite doll however was Baby Tender Love.

    Dee

    Dee’s last blog post..well I guess there is a reason I’m called Drama Mama

  11. Karen (Pediascribe) says:

    Mine was a stuffed Curious George doll. He was dressed in baby doll clothes, was “fed” bottles, and was pushed around in a stroller. He went everywhere with me….including my wedding and honeymoon!
    If ya ask me, there are TOO many toys out there for kids now. They don’t even have to use their imaginations anymore.

    Karen (Pediascribe)’s last blog post..NICK-ISM: THE SCIENCE EDITION

  12. Melissa Markham says:

    I love Mrs. Beasely. I didn’t have one, but I loved the show Family Affair!

    It was the pits when the tv cut off and we missed the end of the SuperBowl…oh well…the result of the game was the same and we saw the last scoring play of the game:)

    Melissa Markham’s last blog post..Travel Woes

  13. Renee says:

    I had a Mrs Beasley too. But I never got to watch Family Affair cuz my mother sent us to bed before it came on. So I had NO idea who this doll was and I didn’t like her at all.

    I had a Hello Dolly she had a telephone and she was supposed to say a few things but mine was messed up and all she said was “Let’s call up our friends and invite them to a party!” That stupid phrase is still burned into my head! But l liked Dolly because she had a very nice full head of hair…that I learned how to french braid on.

    My favorite doll was one with a cloth body that had this fuzzy stuff on her face & hands that was supposed to make her “skin” feel real. I don’t remember her name though. She didn’t do anything but she was the right size to simulate a real baby.

    I also had The Sunshine Family dolls that I saw mentioned above. They were really cool but my little brother got ahold of them one day while I was at school…he broke off the Mom’s leg from the knee down and lost it (probably ate it knowing him!…or flushed it down the toilet, he was big into flushing back then.) and he took one of the babies and used her hair to paint Vicks Vapor Rub all over his Fisher Price Airport! That doll never got rid of the vapor rub!

    Renee’s last blog post..I’m not all right…

  14. Fresh Girl says:

    I had lots of other dolls, but my very favorite and most treasured was also Mrs. Beasley. I think I got her for Christmas when I was two or three and I still have her, tucked away in my cedar chest with all my other treasures from my childhood and youth. She looks awful — her hair is flat in the back from lying down all the time, her glasses got stepped on and broken when I was little, she has a Kool-Aid stain on her butt, her voice box died, so my mom did a voice boxectomy, and I used to operate on her, so she’s covered in childish stitched up incisions. Oh, and I have no idea where her apron or collar are. ;)

    But I was in the hospital frequently when I was a little girl, for long stretches of time, and Mrs. Beasley was my constant companion. She even made it into the operating room with me once, thanks to my sneaky mom who broke the rules and hid her under my sheet after a nurse said I couldn’t take her.

    Fresh Girl’s last blog post..Ten on Tuesday – 10 Things to Do Instead of Watching TV

  15. Kelly @ Love Well says:

    I remember Mrs. Beasley! I haven’t thought about her in years. You’ve brought back memories with this post.

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  16. Deb - Mom of 3 Girls says:

    I never had Mrs. Beasley (although I do remember Family Affair), but I did have the Sunshine Family dolls as well. My favorites though were my ‘My Friend Mandy’ and ‘My Friend Jenny’ dolls. They went everywhere with me for quite a while! :)

    Deb – Mom of 3 Girls’s last blog post..Yep, ‘just’ a virus…

  17. mp says:

    I had lots of toys (spoiled) but when I was very young my favorite was Raggedy Ann who is now living in a box in my basement. I also loved my Barbie’s…and that included Skipper, GI Joe, Ken and Trixie. They were my little community that lived in the basement w/ their townhome, plane, pool and camper. As an only child they were my friends and I couldn’t wait to get downstairs to play with them.

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  18. A-Bug says:

    If I got a nice doll…I always ended up cutting her hair or drawing on her face. Not that I didn’t love her, of course! :)

    I still have my stuffed monkey, named “Monkey”…so creative. He still brings me comfort.

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  19. Wendy says:

    I had a Mrs. Beasley when I was little, but my most favorite doll I ever owned was my Raggedy Ann. One time my brother and sister (both older) were picking on me and tore her in half. I cried until Mom did “surgery” on her and put her back together. You can imagine that she didn’t last too many more years after that. Older siblings are so mean, aren’t they! LOL

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  20. BeachMama says:

    Oh my gosh, Mrs. Beasly!! Wasn’t she from a show or something? Flashbacks. I had Holly Hobbie and she was my favorite for a very long time. Not sure what ever happened to her, but I have a few of my other older dolls in a box in storage.

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  21. Lulu says:

    Strangely enough, I never had a Mrs. Beasley doll. I did have a favorite Cabbage Patch kid, though.

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  22. ocdcontrolfreak says:

    Oh I had a mrs. beasley too and my mom always said she was my favorite, but I remember having a “Rub-a-dub Dolly” that we cried about when mom threw her out because her hair was all matted and a Baby Tender Love, who’s still around somewhere with a bite mark on her butt from my brother.

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  23. Dana says:

    Kailani..I had a “dressy Bessy” doll. It was one that had zippers and buttons and flaps for little fingers to practice on. Come to think of it, we also had a companion doll “Dapper Dan” – isn’t that funny?

    I didn’t have a Mrs. Beasley doll, but I did love that show Family Affair. One of my all time favorites. Gee, I wonder if I could get that on DVD?? I LOVED that show. I used to have dreams about Buffy and Jody…how funny is that? Did you ever watch the show?

    Dana’s last blog post..Just a couple of shots

  24. Cathy Shorts says:

    I had a Mrs.Beasley and she was my best friend along with Snoopy I took her every where and was so sad when one night when I was sleep the family dog got her out of my bed and the next morning she was gone the dog pulled all her stuffing out I tried so hard to fix her but could not so it was just me and Snoopy my mother said she would get me a new one but never did so now I’m 43 yrs old still looking for her so please help me find my childhood friend.

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