Ella Fitzgerald

Name: Ella Fitzgerald 

Made by and When: Floyd Bell, 1999

Material:  Carved from basswood and jetulong, cloth body, wire armature, wooden stand

Height:  18 inches tall

Hair/Eyes/Mouth:  Black hair carved from a block of jetulong wood/carved facial features with brown eyes, a smiling mouth and painted teeth

Clothing:  White brocade suit with full-length skirt embellished with faux beads and gold flowers; gold lamé blouse, dangle earrings

Other: This carved portrait doll of Ella Fitzgerald is part of the artist’s American Heritage Series. Known as the “First Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald is one of the most celebrated jazz vocalists of the 20th Century.  Floyd Bell is a legendary master doll artist/carver. His dolls are housed in several museums worldwide, including the Louvre in Paris, France.

In the third slideshow image, Bell poses with his Ella Fitzgerald doll and a dress worn by the esteemed songstress.


Read more about Bell here and listen to the First Lady of Song in the video below the slideshow.


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Published by DeeBeeGee

Doll collector, historian, co-founder of the first e-zine devoted to collecting black dolls; author of black-doll reference books, doll blogs, and doll magazine articles.

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