As a doll collector, Gene creator Mel Odom couldn't find many
new dolls that he was interested in buying, so he set out to create a doll of his own.
Fascinated with the glamour, romance and classiness of the fashions and the movie starlets
of early Hollywood, starlets such as Gene Tierney, Veronica Lake, Joan Crawford, Rita
Haywood, Hedy Lamarr and Ann Sothern, he knew that he wanted his doll to be reminiscent of
the 1940s and 1950s Legendary Grand dames of the Silver Screen. Mel decided that a 15
1/2-inch doll would be best. The perfect size for collecting and dressing. This size doll
would be small enough for a person with limited space to collect, but large enough to have
"people" designers design human clothes in doll scale for Gene. Distributed by
Ashton-Drake, Gene was introduced into the doll world in February of 1995 as three
separate dolls: Premiere (Blonde), Red Venus (Red Head), and Monaco (Brunette). These
dolls are made of a porcelain-like vinyl they have rooted hair and real lashes, and each
doll is individually numbered with certificate.
If you are looking for more information on Gene, the following links may be helpful:
Spotlight on Fashion Dolls: Gene and some other fashion dolls too.
Ashton-Drake Galleries - Gene Page
Lisa's Genefan Homepage
Coleen's Gene Page One of our members
Sarah's Gene Marshall-Oh you beautiful doll: Reviews of dolls and accessories.
Blossom's Awesome Links: links to almost every type of site imaginable.
Kims Gene Page: almost all you ever needed to know on Gene, and the gossip!
Share the Dream website: all you need to know about Gene
The Fashion Doll Scene: bi monthly magazine devoted to Gene