Marla Gibbs

Name:  Marla Gibbs

Made by and When:  Shindana, 1978

Material:  Soft vinyl head and rigid plastic body

Marks: (Head) ©1978 / SHINDANA TOYS / HONG KONG

Height: 15-1/2 inches

Hair, Eyes, Mouth: Short black rooted hair with bangs, brown painted eyes, smiling mouth with painted teeth

Clothes: Patchwork-print shirt dress, white lace-trimmed apron, red high-heel open-toe shoes; came with an extra “super-star” dress (a full-length dress with a yellow halter bodice and gold lamé skirt)

Other: Stock number 1048, Shindana’s portrait doll of actress, Marla Gibbs in her role as Florence the maid on The Jefferson’s sit-com is featured on page 1 of the 1978 Shindana catalog. The Marla Gibbs doll is one of several late-1960s to 1970s Black celebrity portrait dolls by Shindana.


The extra “super-star” dress is shown in this scan from the 1978 Shindana catalog.

See other Shindana doll installations here.


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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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