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The Disney Pollyanna doll is a vintage children’s doll based on the character of Pollyanna, created in 1913 by Eleanor H. Porter.
The character of Pollyanna first appeared in the 1913 Eleanor H. Porter novel of the same name, and went on to feature in 15 further stories along with numerous feature film and television adaptations.
The story concerns an orphan named Pollyanna Whittier who is sent to live with her wealthy Aunt in a small town in Vermont. The girl’s optimistic attitude and outlook spreads throughout the town and eventually makes it a better place to live.
The story was most famously adapted for the 1960 Disney film starring Haley Mills. The film was a breakthrough role for Mills, earning her the year’s Academy Juvenile Award and a five-film contract with Disney. The success of the film also meant that the character of Pollyanna as played by Mills was turned into a children’s doll.
The Disney Pollyanna doll
The doll was launched in 1960, to coincide with the success of the Disney film, produced for Disney by the manufacturer Uneeda. The doll’s appearance is based on that of Hayley Mills, with blonde hair and green eyes, and was produced for a number of years during the 1960s.
The doll has a hard vinyl body with jointed arms legs and neck, and a soft vinyl head. It features blonde rooted hair, open/close sleep eyes and rooted eyelashes, and wears a red and white gingham dress with a yellow wide-brimmed hat.
How much is a Disney Pollyanna doll worth?
The dolls were produced in relatively large numbers to capitalise on the success of the film, but examples in good condition with their complete outfit (including the hat) can be difficult to find.
The dolls can sell for between $25 and $50 on auction sites such as eBay, with examples still in their original boxes reaching over $100 in some circumstances.
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