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THE KINGS DAUGHTER 1997
 
LE5000. First Limited Edition Gene Doll.
 
This 18th-century-style gown with an overdress of royal-blue velvet embellished with lace and golden braided trim. It is worn over a patterned lilac underskirt enhanced with delicate hand beading. Complete with golden tiara, hose and matching shoes. Designer: Michele Gutierrez, Young Designers of America.
 
PRICE: $225.00

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Gene Marshall

Mel OdomThe name Mel Odom is synonymous with Gene.  Mel Odom, raised in North Carolina, educated in Virginia and England, finally found home in New York.  He started his career as an award-winning illustrator and then followed his heart to design Gene.   Mel's love of the glamorous and enchanting 'Golden Age' of Hollywood, is truly reflected in all aspects of Gene and her wardrobe.  In both quality and authentic design, to Gene's porcelain-like finish of her skin, has made Gene a rival in the fashion doll industry.

Apart from the intricate detailing and alluring designs of the 1940's and 1950's, Gene has intrigued fans with her very own "real life" story.  Reminiscent of the tales of legendary screen goddesses, Gene's story is told little by little with every doll and costume introduced, so that collectors can share an intimacy with her.  Let the legend begin!

The Beginning

Katie Marshall, born April 17, 1923, is the eldest of two daughters of Dr. and Mrs. Edward Marshall. From the age of two, it was obvious that Katie was going to be an amazingly beautiful woman. Her perfectly heart shaped face and vivid blue eyes made people melt with one glance. Even at this young age, there was an apparent sophistication and maturity about her that could not go unnoticed.

From very early on, Katie was a very imaginative child who believed in fairies, ghosts, and monsters under the bed. She would spend hours playing outside with the fairies, building little houses out of twigs and leaving snacks for them before bedtime. Because of this overactive imagination, Katie was afraid of the dark, claiming that the monsters under the bed were going to get her. Her father was always there to protect her, chasing away the monsters and making everything alright again.

As Katie grew older, the movies became her new passion. From the first moment she saw "Jazz Baby" Katie was hooked! She wanted to go see movies so much that her parents had to set a limit at two movies per week. Katie would collect pictures of her favorite movie stars from magazines and wallpaper her room with them. She would read about the lives of the movie stars and imagine herself as one of them.

In school, Katie would perform in plays and was frequently asked to take the lead role. This was the result of both her looks and her talent as an actress. In third grade, Katie played the roll of Cinderella and for days later, she remained in character. This tendency to live in a fantasy life and believe in it occasionally worried her father, but her mother, Mrs. Marshall, encouraged Katie to follow her dreams, no matter how fantastical they may be.

By the time Katie reached high school, her looks had bloomed even more. she got many offers from boys to go out on dates, but she considered them basically immature compared with the leading men in the movies. Katie was a very good student, especially in literature and science.

After graduating high school, Katie longed to go to New York City. Her father wasn't really happy with the idea, but decided to let her go for 6 months. The daughter of a family friend was going to be her roommate at the Barbizon Hotel for Women, so this eased Dr. Marshall's mind. Upon arriving in New York City, Katie had an interview with the Chambers Model Agency, and with her looks, grace, and sophistication, she was hired on the spot. During Katie's second week in town she read in the papers about a glamorous movie premiere the previous night at the Regent Movie Palace. Hoping that another premiere would take place there, Katie went to the Regent Theater and applied for a job as an usherette the next afternoon.

Much to Katie's delight, "Manhattan Nights" was set to premiere at the Regent Movie Palace. She was thrilled to be a part of the glamour and excitement of a movie premiere. That night, Katie led a tall, distinguished man to his seat in the darkened theatre. Her flashlight fleetingly revealed her lovely face to him. This man was none other than producer Eric Von Sternberg. Astonished at her beauty and poise, Eric Von Sternberg declared Katie his latest discovery and took her to Hollywood. Katie adopted her beloved grandfather's name, Gene, because he had always urged her to follow her dream to Hollywood stardom, and Gene Marshall was born!

Introducing Gene Marshall
"Gene is a small-town girl with dreams of stardom who lands a job as an usherette in a New York City movie theater.  One night she leads a famous Hollywood producer to his seat.  He takes a close look at her lovely face, figure and her natural grace and poise...and 'a star is born'.  Gene is whisked off to Hollywood.  The year is 1941.

Fate steps in again when Gene's first small part in a film is expanded at the last moment into a starring role.  Overnight, she becomes a national sensation.  From then on, Gene is a full-fledged star with the glamorous life and the wardrobe to match.  Gene attends gala premieres. Wins awards. Poses for pin-ups for the boys overseas in W.W.II. A bit later in her career, she appears on live TV (in the early days of that medium). She has love songs written for her.  And designers the world over are clamoring to design fashions for her alone.  Through it all, Gene moves from one exciting movie role to another, playing a gangster's moll...a Victorian governess...an unwitting jewel thief...a chic and savvy private eye...and much more.  In one role, she's a curvaceous blonde...and then, a gorgeous redhead or a stunning brunette.

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RED RAGE GENE  2004
 
Limited to only 150 dolls worldwide. 2004 Modern Doll Collector Convention Event Exclusive Gene.

Gene is stunning with her platinum blond hair in a very sophisticated style! She has lovely blue eyes and red lips. She is wearing a gorgeous red satin dress with a flared skirt. She also has a large red tulle wrap, long red gloves, and red heels.

Never removed from box. Shipper included.
 
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PREMIERE 1995
 
This is the first doll of the Gene Marshal series, design Artist Mel Odem.
RETIRED 1996. Premiere Gene Doll.
 
 Artist: Tim Kennedy. "Premiere" is a two-piece evening gown created for the limelight! The velvet jacket is cut straight off the shoulder and fully lined with gold lamé. The breathtaking skirt is black lace over antique gold taffeta, shimmering with hundreds of hand-applied beads and sequins, and hemmed in black velvet. Circa 1941.
 
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NIGHT AT VERSAILLES 1997

First FAO Schwarz Exclusive LE5000

Gene is indeed an "elegant presence" in this deep violet satin evening gown accented in lavender, with inverted-pleat tailoring and exquisite beaded ribbon roses detailing the front of the gown. Deep violet evening gloves, lilac chiffon stole, jewelry, shoes, and hose complete the ensemble. Circa 1952. Designer: Timothy Alberts.

PRICE: $210.00

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