Oh you beautiful doll (head)

I posted a while ago about my Carol Burnett doll.

Well I have another doll to blab about. Well actually it is only a doll head, I lost the torso years ago.

This one comes with a personal story.

The Brooke Shields Doll (1982)

Years ago (1994), I was asked by a work colleague if I could help out on a telemovie being filmed in Sydney. I was unemployed at the time, and they needed someone to run for them. It was only for a day, & it payed money, so I said yes. The telemovie was called “The Seventh Floor”. It was a dreadful show, hardly redeeming, but it did import, as it’s “star”, Brooke Shields. At the time, I stumbled across a Brooke Shield’s doll, at an auction house. I put in an absentee bid for $30, and won the doll for $20, a bargain. It was in it’s original box as above, but not for long.

I was always a fan of Brooke, I loved the film “Pretty Baby“, directed by the great director Louis Malle, it created quite a controversy as Miss Shields played a child prostitute offered on a platter as a virgin, at a very young age, then of course came “The Blue Lagoon” & “Endless Love“, making her, as the doll box says, the world’s most glamourous teenager. And quite a nudie!

But I digress……

So I bought the doll, gave it to my colleague, asking for it to be signed.

I had it signed, but Brooke’s mum Teri, well she thought she had a Brooke fan in hand. I was only interested in having a signed doll. Brooke’s mum had a reputation of being the ultimate stage mum.

Actually before I go on, if you are interested, just go to Wikipedia, click on the link above.

My flatmate at the time was an assistant director on the telemovie, during that time she had a birthday celebration (Bondi Icebergs, I recall), Brooke came along, she was a lovely person, I had a good old chin wag with her, one of the most unaffected “stars” that I have met, despite her interesting history. She seemed very down to earth. We talked about the drag balls represented in the great doco “Paris Is Burning“, she had attended a few. I am sure Brooke has so many tales to tell. She was a stalwart of Studio 54. She needs to write a bio (if she hasn’t already).

She has been a teen model, child actor,movie star,  tv star, and even done well on Broadway.She has appeared with the Muppets, and is Hanna Montana’s mother. Not that easy to achieve all that 🙂

But I digress….

so I had the signed Brooke doll, in it’s original package. Well it came out of it’s package for show ‘n’ tell quite often. After a few wines, and whatever, out would trot Brooke in her pink sweater and grey wollen pants with the white boots. Much to the merriment of the moment.

One night after a Brooke appearance, we all went out to a bar for a drink. As I went to pay for a drink, I noticed a white thingy bounce out of my pocket and onto the grimy bar room floor, it was Brooke’s boot, I scurried across and picked it up, unnoticed.

So after years of merriment, eventually Brooke’s head departed from her torso, and I lost a boot, and decided I preferred the signed head, and dumped the torso.

I had an old cheese box that was a perfect fit, and Brooke has lived there ever since.

Brooke in her cheese box.

The unmistakable Brooke hair

The signed head. “To Glen, from Brooke Shields”



Filed under Dolls, movies, TV

6 responses to “Oh you beautiful doll (head)

  1. Scheppo

    That’s really creepy Glen.

  2. Ha Ha
    it is kind of creepy.
    I had to share her with you all.

  3. Matt

    How very Simon Doonan – Beautiful People – How I got my Posh Spics Doll! 🙂

  4. doris

    Ha ha, that’s hilarious Glen!
    Seventh Floor also starred Masaya Katô, who was a huge Japanese star- and I remember the crowds of fans at the front door of the Prod Office every morning, hoping to get a glimpse of him. They used to cry!
    He actually couldn’t converse in English, but just learn’t his lines for the film. Method-acting…..not!

  5. A grisly tale, Babs. One of the weirder trophies!

  6. Muse of Babs

    I never tire of this story….. one of my favourites!
    It should be made into a film starring Brooke of course

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