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Who’s Your Dada? Two women might actually be the founding “fathers” of this art movement
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Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

Photos courtesy of National Gallery of Art

The other day I was in our car and the classic Police song "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" came on the radio. Since I've heard that song repeatedly over the past 35 years, I took it in stride. Maybe I hummed along, or perhaps I even warbled a couple of the nonsense syllables, but my daughter and her friend found the lyrics to be hilarious. At ages 10 and 11, they consider themselves to be the arbiters of musical taste, and this ditty obviously didn't rate high in their estimation. They kept giggling about the sound of "do do," implying that it had to do with bodily waste, and the "da da" made them laugh uproariously about infants and baby talk. As they discussed what the song could possibly mean, I got to thinking about Dada, and I'm not talking about my father or theirs.

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Mad About Dolls? Collecting is one excuse for committing Liz Taylor in ‘Raintree County’
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Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

Photos courtesy of Movie Star News, except where noted

If you are a follower of this blog, you know two sure things about me: I love old movies and I love dolls. When I can blend the two together, I am as happy as a hog in slop, a purring housecat on a sunny windowsill, and a poodle that has unearthed a trove of buried Milkbones. In other words, I am really, really psyched!

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Royal Intrigue: The Secret Behind Dolls, Divas, and the Downfall of Marie Antoinette!
In the Spotlight
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

If the July Fourth holiday weekend didn't provide you with enough razzle-dazzle, there is always Bastille Day to look forward to. Held on July 14, it venerates the French people's storming of the legendary, impenetrable prison back in 1789. This mass revolt and insurrection was the kickstart of the Revolution that claimed the lives of laborers and lords, average joes and the aristocratic gentry. Today the event is marked by firework displays, marching bands, and musical performances. It is the Gallic version of America's Independence Day festivities.

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Gals, Guns, and Dolls: A film noir classic zeroes in on a ‘wicked woman’ and her all-seeing doll
In the Spotlight
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

Photos courtesy of Movie Star News

What is it about 1940s and 1950s crime dramas and dolls? Besides featuring "broads" who are nicknamed "dolls," "dollface," and "dollies," these hardboiled molls frequently come with actual playthings: namely boudoir and/or porcelain dolls. Back in the 1920s, these very same dolls, designed for adult women, became must-have collectibles: a celebrated sign of female independence and purchasing power. Fast-forward 20 years, and the notion of a liberated woman was seen as downright scary. (And so were her glazed-over dolls!)

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Silence Is Golden: Talkin’ up dolls and how they blazed across the 1920s!
In the Spotlight
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

Photos Courtesy of Movie Star News

If you are seeking a diversion to take your mind off the ill winds that are blowing, you can't go wrong with the movie "The Artist." A critically-acclaimed awards darling in 2011, the film was a modern-day silent opus. It told the story of an actor confronting his possible demise as a Hollywood leading man — talkies are taking over — and the screenplay unfolds as an actual silent film. You sit and you read the dialogue as you watch emotions flicker across the screen. It's a satisfying and peaceful encounter — quite the opposite of the usual frenetic summer blockbuster fare.

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Ode to Orlando’s Deceased: Why should we, doll enthusiasts, pray and play loudly?
In the Spotlight
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

If you're a musical theater aficionado, like I am, this was quite the week. History was made with "Hamilton" netting 11 Tony Awards, ushering in a new sound and look to what constitutes a Broadway musical. Also, for the first time in the annals of the award ceremony, all four winners in the musical-acting category were African American. The Best Actor, Actress, Featured Actor, and Featured Actress were all talented black performers. It was quite an achievement, but a pall was cast over the accomplishment due to the Orlando massacre.

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Wedding Belles: Say “I do” to These Beautiful and Radiant Bride Dolls
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Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

Marriage is a tricky thing. One's wedding day is realistically a finite amount of time — the ceremony begins at three o'clock and the reception ends at ten p.m. It's a seven-hour window — give or take a couple hours — and it can be as lavish or as simplistic as the "tying the knot" spouses choose it to be. A wedding can be measured and predicted. A marriage is something else altogether.

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Doll Doppelgangers: You’ll be surprised to see who has gained that honor!
In the Spotlight
Written by Stephanie Finnegan   

Last year, Mattel honored a group of six females — five women and one little girl — with doll doppelgangers that were termed "Sheroes." Created to be auctioned off for a charity of each person's selection, the dolls were unveiled in New York City during Variety magazine's annual luncheon to honor powerful women in the media and in the arts.

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