Brenda Starr, Reporter was created by Dale Messick to premiere on June 30, 1940. The tempestuous and flamboyant redhead was always impeccably dressed and coifed as she traveled the globe on one exciting assignment after another for her newspaper, The Flash. Each adventure was filled with glamour, romance and intrigue as this remarkable heroine was perpetually torn between the demands of her career and the many loves of her personal life.
Brenda showed readers a new type of heroine as she fought, from the very first day on the job at The Flash, for her right to be treated as an equal. Always on the cutting edge of fashion, Brenda has a sleek and sexy style that conveys the allure and independence of a workingwoman at the top of her career. Occasionally, Brenda will go Undercover to get “the scoop”, look for new hair colors and exotic face painting as she dons her many disguises.
Brenda’s life took a fateful turn on September 16, 1945 when she dreamed of a tall, dark, handsome stranger attired in a black cape and wearing a black patch over one of his eyes. The stranger materialized the following week, “the mystery man” turned out to be Basil St. John, a reclusive millionaire who cultivates a rare species of black orchids, the only known remedy for his “secret disease”. Basil makes his debut with a collection of dressed dolls and outfits worthy of this dashing Romeo.
In 2000, Effanbee introduced Brenda Starr, sculpted by Sandra Bilotto, a 16″ star in her own right that exhibited imaginative clothing and zest for our favorite reporter. In2002, Robert Tonner acquired Effanbee and re-styled the original Brenda head sculpt to fit the Tonner Doll Company’s Tyler Wentworth® body style. A new era for Brenda spanned from 2002 to 2007, providing collectors with extraordinary fashion from another era. We salute you, Brenda Starr…may your life with Basil be forever fabulous!
Brenda Starr, Daphne Dimples and Betty Ann are 16” vinyl/ hard plastic dolls with multiple points of articulation, including bending wrists, exceptional wardrobes, painted eyes and rooted saran hair. Doll bodies are compatible with Tonner Doll Company’s Tyler Wentworth Bending Wrist-Style Articulated body, and they can share clothing.