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    An item about a housewife with an unusual hobby - making dolls of famous personalities.

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    Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire.

    M/S of three dolls resembling Elvis Presley, Brigitte Bardot and Jayne Mansfield on display. C/U of Elvis. C/U of Brigitte. C/U of Jayne. C/U of two colour photos of Adam Faith. M/S of Mrs. Vina Cooke, "a young Newark housewife" whose hobby is making dolls of famous personalities - she is seen sewing the arm on a doll of Adam Faith. C/U of Vina sewing - "the faces are hand painted and real hair used for wigs and eyelashes". M/S of Vina pulling a red sweater on the doll. C/U of Vina squirting lacquer on to the doll's hair, before trimming it -"Vina manages to do all this in what little spare time she has between running the home and bringing up three youngsters". M/S of various dolls displayed in front of patterned wallpaper. C/U of Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr dolls, tilt down to the skirt of Deborah's wedding dress. C/U of a doll's legs, tilt up to reveal that it is supposed to be Elizabeth Taylor dressed as Cleopatra. M/S of the Elizabeth Taylor dolls in an Egyptian setting. C/U of a Susie Wong doll in an oriental setting. C/U of Susie Wong. C/U of a Queen Mother doll. M/S of a Princess Margaret doll in her wedding dress, next to a doll of her husband (Anthony Armstrong-Jones). C/U of Princess Margaret and her coronet made from "thousands of tiny beads on wire". C/U of the lower-half of a doll in a full blue skirt, tilt up to reveal it is a doll of the Queen posed against red velvet in a gold frame.

    As well as this Colour Pictorial story, Vina was also featured in several women's magazines and the 'Daily Sketch' (16/08/1961) .

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:44:42:00 / 01:46:43:00
    CP 359

Comments (1)

  1. Unknown user says

    Vina Cooke seen here still has her dolls, and displays them in her museum at Cromwell, near Newark....


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