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American Girl is excited to announce the newest character to the BeForever line, Maryellen Larkin – from the fabulous fifties! Depicting an era that gave rise to tremendous growth and change in America, Maryellen’s products and stories have an intergenerational appeal that is sure to be a hit with girls, moms, and grandmas!

Maryellen is an energetic and optimistic girl who follows her heart instead of the crowd.  Written by award-winning American Girl author Valerie Tripp, the Maryellen stories introduce readers ages 8 and up to a key cultural theme of the 1950s: conformity versus individuality. While Maryellen feels the pressure to conform to social standards, she also strives to stand out and be true to herself, even when that means going against expectations. Through Maryellen, Tripp shows how trends of the 1950s—such as the burgeoning of suburbia, “the baby boom,” geographic and economic mobility, new technology (like TV and rockets), rock ‘n’ roll, and lingering postwar prejudice—shape the life of one girl.
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Maryellen collection includes an 18-inch doll with strawberry-blonde hair and hazel eyes, plus several historically-authentic 1950s doll outfits, like an iconic poodle skirt and saddle shoes. Numerous accessories round out the play experience, including a 30-piece diner set, a TV console that works with a girl’s iPad, and a jukebox that plays ’50s-style songs and connects to electronic music players.

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From August 27-30, Maryellen events will be taking place with ’50s-themed crafts and a diner backdrop—perfect for taking retro photos. Girls are encouraged to come to the store wearing 1950s-style threads to really take on the theme and will receive a free gift (while supplies last)

Girls visiting the store during Maryellen’s debut, August 27-30, will receive a free gift and have the opportunity to participate in several activities including:

  • Free ‘50s-Themed Craft Activity: Fun fashion craft from Maryellen’s era
  • Maryellen Photo Opportunity: Capture a memory of your visit by getting a photo taken at the store with a 1950s diner backdrop.


189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Thursday, August 27, 2015: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Friday, August 28, 2015: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 29, 2015: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 30, 2015: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

To celebrate Maryellen’s debut, American Girl retail stores will be bustling with Maryellen excitement with free and paid events, including giveaways, crafts, and in-store activities. And at, girls can explore the era with Maryellen’s Nifty ’50s Scrapbook. The online digital scrapbook—told from Maryellen’s point of view—will include photos, illustrations, video clips, games, and activities. For parents and teachers, a free downloadable Maryellen Learning Guide, available at, explores themes and issues from the 1950s.


ONE winner will receive an American Girl BeForever Maryellen Larkin


Meet American Girl BeForever Maryellen Larkin *Giveaway ends Sept. 17th*

Note: This giveaway is open to US shipping addresses only.

Please make sure to follow ALL Giveaway Rules. Please read sweepstake rules HERE.
This giveaway will end on Sept, 17th

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134 Responses to “Meet American Girl BeForever Maryellen Larkin *Giveaway closed*”

  1. Ashley R says:

    my daughter Makenzi, would love an American girl doll. I think Maryellen would be a perfect doll to introduce her to American Girls and am most excited to hear her story. Growing up my favorite was Samantha.

  2. Jamaise says:

    My Capri has wanted an American Girl for awhile now. I haven’t been able to make sense of that spending at her age. I think she’s ready! I love that Maryellen is from the 50’s – my favorite era!

  3. Carey P says:

    I would give this to my friends little girl who has been longing for a real AG doll. She comes from a family of 11, so funds are limited.

  4. EJ says:

    My daughter would love to have MaryEllen. Also can’t wait to read all about her.

  5. Jasmin Dobbelaere says:

    My almost 6 year old would love a Maryellen doll! She would be an awesome history lesson of the 50s.

  6. Ann Fantom says:

    My daughter wants an American Girl doll so bad. When I heard about the Maryellen doll, I thought it would be perfect for her

  7. Olivia Boles says:

    As a parent who’s a history student/historic writer/researcher, the historical context is amazing.

  8. Ellen Casper says:

    My nieces are fans and I’m excited to see her era specific clothes.

  9. Courtney says:

    My daughter (5) and older son (3) have a Bitty Baby. They LOVE them!! I just know she’d love to have a “big” American Girl Doll also! This is a cute one!

  10. Michelle Beach says:

    I would love to start my daughter, who turns three on the day the contest ends, on an American Girl a Doll collection. This is a beautiful doll to start with!

  11. Kellie T says:

    I would gift it to my niece Lily. She doesn’t have any American Girl dolls & I think she’d be over the moon to get Maryellen!

  12. jeannine d says:

    We love american girl dolls! I can’t wait to hear her story and read about her adventures

  13. Kristine Barrett says:

    My oldest daughter isn’t a fan yet, but I’d love to introduce her to American Girls. I know she would just adore them! I think Maryellen is adorable!

  14. Rochel S says:

    My daughter would love this doll! (Me too shhh!) Ive wanted to get her an American Girl doll for the longest time. I would love to read her story!

  15. Anne N says:

    My daughter loves American girl. Maryellen would be a fun way to teach my daughter about the 50’s.

  16. Daria says:

    She just likes dolls, I don’t think she knows why!
    Of course I like the historical aspect, especially since it’s the 50’s.

  17. Katherine says:

    My daughter Julianne would love this. Classic era

  18. Mami2jcn says:

    I’m excited about her being from the 1950s. That’s a fascinating time period. My daughter would love her.

  19. Jeanna says:

    My 6 year old daughter would love her! I’m excited to read her story!

  20. Kelly D says:

    My daughter is an American Doll fan. We would like to learn more about her interests in the 1950’s.

  21. Ty says:

    My niece would love an American Girl doll, she’s been wanting one for quite some time now. I love the 50’s era and the iconic fashion.

  22. Margaret Smith says:

    My daughter is a fan. I like that MaryEllen has hair color almost the same as my daughter.

  23. sandra says:

    my niece will soon be a fan of American girl dolls

  24. D Schmidt says:

    My niece is a huge fan of these dolls. I am excited to learn if Maryellen wants to be friends with her other dolls 🙂

  25. Cynthia C says:

    My great-niece would love this American Girl Doll and I would like to give it to her for the holidays.

  26. Ashley Turicik says:

    My daughter loves American girl dolls

  27. Colleen Martin says:

    Thanks for telling me about this giveaway Mandy! Maggie would just die if she won 🙂

  28. joanne major says:

    My Xaviera would love this doll. We spend hours at american girl store at mall of america. I was born in the 50’s would love for her to learn about the era

  29. Julie Bickham says:

    My youngest daughter is a fan. She would love to find out about what her and her friends do for fun.

  30. Trisha Burgess says:

    My daughter who is 10 is the big fan! I’m excited to learn about the 50’s era!!

  31. Casey H says:

    My little.cousin would love this doll- she’s the perfect age! Can’t wait to hear her story!

  32. Leela says:

    My daughter is a huge fan!
    I love that she has several historically-authentic 1950s doll outfits.

  33. Kristie says:

    My daughter would love her! I think that the 50’s are neat, so it’ll be neat reading what MaryEllen’s life 🙂

  34. lisa says:

    what fun for the 50s!!!

  35. beth shepherd says:

    My daughter Sadie is a huge fan. She would love this as would I. I am excited to hear about her story. Thank you

  36. mickeyfan says:

    Our last name is Larkin! And my niece loves AG dolls.

  37. shelly says:

    My daughter loves American Girl dolls! She doesn’t have any historical ones. I think that Maryellen is very cute and I love her poodle skirt!

  38. Barbara Montag says:

    Our grand daughter is a mega fan of American Girl.
    I like that Maryellen introduces kids 8 and up to a key cultural theme of the 1950’s.
    Maybe because I was born in the 50’s?
    thank you

  39. Cynthia R says:

    My niece would love an American girl. She’d be excited to hear about Maryellen’s hobbies and what she likes.

  40. Michelle C says:

    My youngest daughter Avery would love this American Girl doll! I would love to learn more about the pop culture of the fifties, including fashion!

  41. shelly peterson says:

    My niece would love this doll. It would be exciting for her to learn about the 50’s

  42. Kristin McClain says:

    My 9 year old daughter Cailin saw Maryellen in store yesterday while shopping and dragged me in to check her and her accessories out. Her diner is so cute! I would have loved to buy it all for her! I think her decade would be a lot of fun for her to learn about.

  43. Christina says:

    Both of my daughters are American Girl fanatics! I am excited to learn more about Maryelle’s story since I love the 50’s (poodle skirt and dress?! That gets squeals from me…)

  44. Sonya Morris says:

    The fifties were such a fun time for teens and I would love to learn more about the fashion and their hobbies!

  45. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    My Niece Is A Big American Girl Fan, I’m Excited To Learn About Maryellen’s Hobby’s And Family.

  46. Shannon M says:

    I’m the big fan of American Girl! 🙂 Ok, ok, this would be for my daughter!

  47. Heather B says:

    My daughter is an American Girl fan. I love reading them with her I grew up reading about Molly and Samantha!

  48. Richard Hicks says:

    I have a niece who loves American Doll. She would really like this new doll

  49. amy pugmire says:

    I can’t wait to learn all about her. she has the same color hair and my daughter and my daughter is 8! she would love her!

  50. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    My niece is a huge American Girl fan! I’m excited that she is from the 50’s!

  51. paula s says:

    My daughter is a fan of American Girl. She is asking for one for her birthday this yr and this would be awesome. Thanks for wonderful chance

  52. Alisha Francis says:

    Im a huge fan of american girl./ i grew up reading the books and experiencing what american girl brings. i had addy. i want to share my experiences with american girl to my daughter. i want to learn about maryellen background

  53. Jessica says:

    My daughter loves American Girl. She has Bitty Baby and the Bitty Twins, but this would be her first actual American Girl doll. She would be so excited! I love Maryellen’s hair color. They haven’t had a red head (that I can think of) since they retired Felicity.

  54. Christina says:

    My littlest niece would love this doll. Its cool because my mother was born in the 50’s, so this would be her maw maw’s era.

  55. cassie says:

    My niece adores the american girl dolls and books

  56. Heidi Daily says:

    This would be great for my daughter! And I would love to learn with my daughter all about Maryellen and what she does for fun!

  57. Sarah Brittingham says:

    I really want to get Maryellen for my daughter Eva. We are excited to read about all the adventures she is sure to have.

  58. Elisse says:

    I think the American Girl Dolls historical context is very interesting and positive… It would go to a dear family friend for her little girls… I do wish they were more affordable for many who would love to have them for their children…

  59. Elle says:

    My niece loves American Girl dolls. She currently has 2 of them.

  60. Tabathia B says:

    My youngest daughter. Excited to learn about what games she played

  61. Karen says:

    This would be for my daughter! Maryellen actually has hazel eyes, and so does my daughter, so it’s a perfect match!

  62. Kristen says:

    My friend’s little girl will soon be just the right age to cherish an American Girl doll!

  63. Laura J says:

    Oh our little Kayla would love her! She really loves the poodle skirts and purses! This would be so great to teach her about the 1950’s and what the girls lives where like back then.

  64. Mary Cloud says:

    My daughter would like this – I like that she’s a throwback to the 50’s with her style

  65. Jackie says:

    My niece loves American Girl dolls. I am excited about her story taking place in the 50’s…a very exciting time!
    Thank you!

  66. Dawn Monroe says:

    My six year old granddaughter loves dolls but doesn’t have an American Girl yet. It would be a perfect Christmas present for her.

  67. Tammy Horn says:

    My nice loves American Girl dolls, and Maryellen is just adorable, and would be perfect to teach my niece all about the 50’s.

  68. Nancy Sloan says:

    My granddaughter loves American Girl dolls.

  69. Crystal Sell says:

    My niece and I both love her. She is so sweet looking and would be fun to play with. I’m excited to read the book with her and find out more about her life!

  70. Courtnie Miller says:

    My niece loves them, and I’m excited to learn about Maryellen’s story!

  71. Danielle Marie says:

    my niece is 6 and obsessed. and i wish they had a true 1950s american girl when i was little. best era ever.

  72. Sndrdee says:

    This little lady would be for a little girl named Ella who is very much like this character’s personality. I would like for us to learn more about what it was like to grow up in that era. Thank you for the giveaway!

  73. kyl neusch says:

    love to have MaryEllen

  74. Linda says:

    My oldest granddaughter is a huge fan of these dolls.

  75. Kristi C says:

    My youngest daughter loves all things American Girl. She is always interested in what the dolls lives were like during the time period.

  76. My little Jennie would love to win a maryellen doll and since she loves to read, this doll will be a good history lesson for her as well.

  77. Madonna says:

    I would give this to my granddaughter. She would just love MaryEllen because last year she dressed up in a 50s costume for Halloween.

  78. Sadie B. says:

    My youngest daughter would love this doll. She likes the timeline Maryellen is set in. We love the 50’s lingo.

  79. Sherry Lilly says:

    My Little Lady grand daughter Hailey would love a MaryEllen

  80. Piper Leigh says:

    My oldest daughter is a big fan! We are excited to learn more about Maryellen’ s time period!

  81. Rumsita says:

    My daughter would love Maryellen! She is very interested in how things were when her grandma was a kid!

  82. Erin says:

    My eldest loves AG. She was just telling me about Maryellen yesterday.

  83. Terry Cross says:

    My granddaughter is a big fan. I’m excited to check out her digital scrapbook. I love the 50s!

  84. Nannypanpan says:

    My daughter would love her and I like the time when my folks were teens

  85. Angela P says:

    My daughter Charlotte would love maryellen. She has been pouring over the catalog featuring her all week!

  86. Priscilla Pursell says:

    This past June, I took my 10 year old Granddaughter and my 11 year old Niece to American Girl Bistro in Alpharetta,Ga. We stayed at the Atlanta Marriott and got their Everything Pink Deluxe package. It was a lot of fun.

  87. MJ Moore says:

    My daughter has MaryEllen on her wishlist!

  88. Kim Reid says:

    My granddaughter is an American Doll fan! I love the 50’s theme with diner set, jukebox and outfits!

  89. Deanna says:

    My oldest daughter has been a fan of American Girl for years, but has never had one. :O I’m excited to learn about how life was for Maryellen growing up in the 50’s since that is when my parents grew up. 😉

  90. Dari says:

    My little cousins would all love it. (They live overseas).

  91. Jaime Dubey says:

    My 10 year old autistic daughter has begged us for her very own American Girl doll for years

  92. Rebecca Lock says:

    My daughter, Kathryn, is an American Girl fan and she is looking forward to learning about Mary Ellen’s interests and clothes.

  93. Katie Palmer says:

    I love Maryellen, Her whole collection really captures the 1950’s spirit! She is the One and Only.

  94. Kathy Luman says:

    I have 3 granddaughters who are American Girl Fans. I am hoping to get each one of them one for Christmas this year.

  95. Danielle Wood says:

    My daughter loves American girl dolls, she talks about American girl everyday

  96. Sammie Mays says:

    My daughter Emily is the American Girl fan in our household. She would like to learn about the new technology that Maryellen was exposed to during the 50’s.

  97. michelle r says:

    I collect dolls and already have Addy

  98. Daniel M says:

    my niece would love her!

  99. tina reynolds says:

    My 8 year old daughter Carly is a really big fan of the American Girl Dolls

  100. Lisa V. says:

    The doll would be for my granddaughter and I would like to see what 50’s outfits she has.

  101. Stephanie Phelps says:

    I am a huge fan but also I am wanting to start my granddaughter off with this beautiful doll!

  102. Erica B. says:

    My daughter would love it.

  103. Karen Drake says:

    My granddaughter has been wanting an American Girl doll for quite a while, I would love to win this for her, as a child born during the Babyboom I would love for her to learn about my life growing up.

  104. Amy H. says:

    My daughter loves American Girl! I’m interested in learning about her life in the 50s and what kind of activities she did for fun.

  105. Tiffany edwards says:

    I actually just received my catalogue in the mail and my stepdaughter took it and circled everything handed it back to me told me it was all her Christmas list. She LOVES american girl.

  106. Shirley Hicks says:

    I have 5 granddaughters from 2 to 12 yrs old , im sure one of them would love this doll!!

  107. shannon weel says:

    My daughter is so in love with American Girls. She had an AG themed birthday party this year and also decorated her room in AG theme. She’s obsessed! She would absolutely be overjoyed to have the Maryellen doll.

  108. Hesper Fry says:

    My daughter is a fan of American girl. I am excited to see the 50’s fashions that Maryellen would wear.

  109. Kate Newton says:

    I just love that Marryellen is from the 50’s! I have a neighbor who’s daughter would be getting this if I win! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win!

  110. Paula Tavernie says:

    My daughter would love her!! I am interested into reading more about the 50s!!

  111. Tiffany Hearn says:

    My daughter Allie loves American Girl dolls! We are most excited to hear her story and learn the songs from back then. My daughter loves music and singing, too!

  112. denise turner says:

    My niece loves American girl I would be the best aunt in the world

  113. rebecca peters says:

    My youngest Madelynn is the fan in the house..

  114. shawna says:

    My daughter would love this doll! I love the 50’s era so to learn anything is great!

  115. Katherine Palmer says:

    Maryellen whole collection really captures the 1950’s era of fashion, style, and grace. These are just a couple of reasons I would love to own Maryellen Larkin American Girl of 1954!!!

  116. Cindy Munkelt says:

    My niece and love the 1950’s theme especially the poodle skirt.

  117. Ann P. says:

    I hope to win Maryellen for my daughter. She LOVES American Girl Dolls!

  118. Karina P says:

    My sister REALLY wants to win Maryellen, and when I say she REALLY wants to win I mean she has entered like 20 different contests for her.

  119. Donna Kellogg says:

    I am hoping to introduce Maryellen to my daughter I think she is now the perfect age to take care of and respect the doll.

  120. Ellie Wright says:

    My little granddaughter would love her. I love that she’s from the 1950’s. Such a fun decade to learn about.

  121. Melanie Comello says:

    My little girl is a huge American girl dolls fan, so she would be thrilled. And I’d be thrilled to show her all about the clothing styles from that era.

  122. Stephanie Galbraith says:

    My daughter is the big fan in our house.

  123. Karina P says:

    I love Maryellen! you would not believe how happy I was to find out that we have a new American Girl!

  124. Christie says:

    My 8 yr old is a huge fan of these dolls.

  125. My niece loves American Girl dolls. I’m excited to learn about her online 50s scrapbook. Thanks!

  126. Samantha says:

    My daughter is a fan of American Girl dolls! I would love to know about Mary Ellen’s back story and what era she is from!

  127. angie appoo says:

    My daughter is an American Girl Fan. This would be a great addition, she’s so pretty.

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  129. Tammie Venne says:

    my 6 year old just became obsessed with getting one of these dolls after I got a catalog in the mail, she loves that she can dress her up like her

  130. Amanda Whitley says:

    my daughter is a big fan. she would be excited to learn about the era.

  131. Gloria Nielson says:

    I hope that I can win Maryellen to give to my Granddaughter. She is in LOVE with her!

  132. Sand says:

    I’m excited to know more about her place in history.

  133. Rosanne says:

    My Isabella, Gabby and Kate are fans of MaryEllen