Mrs. Beasley - A cute rag doll with
spectacles seen on the situation comedy FAMILY
Mrs. Beasley was the favorite doll of a little
girl named Ava Elizabeth "Buffy" Patterson-Davis (Anissa Jones) who was adopted
by her Uncle Bill Davis (Brian Keith) soon after
the death of her parents.
The doll (given to her by her mom and dad) was
Buffy's security blanket and confidant who
listened to all of her problems.
When Uncle Bill called Mrs. Beasley a doll,
Buffy chided "Mrs. Beasley is not a doll. Mrs.
Beasley is my friend."
The blond-haired Mrs. Beasley wore a blue
dress/pants with white polka-dots, yellow shoes,
and a pair of black square-rimmed glasses.
Replicas of the doll were merchandised
In 1967, Mattel produced a 21-inch talking doll
in a pink display box. A color photo was
attached, showing Buffy smiling as Mrs. Beasley
whispered in her ear. Anissa Jones recorded her
voice to go with a Mattel "Buffy" doll.
In addition, Mattel produced a 14-inch
non-talking rag doll, complete with removable,
fully-washable clothes; and a 10-inch talking
Buffy with a 4-inch Mrs. Beasley (Maureen
McCormick of THE BRADY BUNCH fame loaned her
voice to the doll's voice box); and 6-inch
non-talking, bendable Buffy with a 3-inch Mrs.
There were also a number of Mrs. Beasley items
produced by the Whitman Publishing Company
including nine coloring books, seven paper doll
sets, a jigsaw puzzle, two sticker books, two
hardbound books, a magic slate, a boxed activity
set and an entire board game called "Where's
Mrs. Beasley?" wherein the players moved around
the board with Mr. French, searching for the
card that hid Mrs. Beasley.
In the August, 1991 issue of Esquire
magazine, former child actor Danny Bonaduce from
the PARTRIDGE FAMILY/ABC/1970-74 mentioned that
the girl who had played Buffy had taken an
"overdose of Quaaludes." He followed that
factual statement with a tongue-in-cheek update
as to the whereabouts of Mrs. Beasley "
Another FAMILY AFFAIR tragedy is Buffy's doll.
Mrs. Beasley is currently a hooker on Sunset and
Gower. For fifty dollars she's the best piece of
plastic you ever had."
by the 22" pull-string talking
Mrs. Beasley Doll produced by Mattel
- Do you want to hear a secret?
I know one.
- Gracious me, you're getting to be
such a big girl!
- I do think you're the nicest little
friend I ever had.
- It would be such fun to play jump
rope, don't you think?
- If you could have three wishes, what
would you wish for?
- If you were a little smaller, I
could rock you to sleep.
- Long ago I was a little girl just
- Speak a little louder dear, so Mrs.
Beasley can hear you.
- Would you like to try on my glasses?
You may if you wish.
- You may call me Mrs. Beasley. Would
you like to play?
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