Name: Julia

Made by and When: Mattel, 1970-1971

Material: Vinyl with Twist ‘n’ Turn waist, bendable legs


Height: 11-1/2-inches

Hair/Eyes/Mouth: The doll’s original dark brown/black rooted hair has oxidized to red. It is styled in a short pixie-style cut with a left side part. Brown painted eyes have applied upper eyelashes/pink painted lips.

Clothes: One-piece nurse’s uniform and hat, white Pilgrim-style pumps.

Other: Not a true portrait, the doll uses the Christie sculpt, fashioned after the character “Julia” in the show of the same name starring Diahann Carroll. The Julia show was the first prime-time sit-com starring an African American in a nonstereotypical role. Julia aired from 1968-1971. Another version of the Julia doll wears a two-piece white nurse’s uniform. Separately sold boxed Julia doll fashions were available. Marks and clothing description reference: Fashion Doll Reference/Twist ‘n Turn Julia Doll.

Extra Julia fashions were sold separately.


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