Chatty Cathy

Chatty Cathy Share your own memories of this toy

This memory was added on: April 18, 2010

My name is Kathy & I got my Chatty Cathy when I was 5 years old & in kindergarden. She was a brunette like me. I was so happy to get her!! My Mom made her a green velvet jumper just like mine. Then after a few days of playing with her non-stop, she quit talking. So my parents told me they would have to send her back to Santa & the elves to repair. It was a long time before she came back. When she returned, she looked the same, but she had on a different dress!! Instead of her pretty pink peppermint stripe dress, she had on that yellow nursery school dress. I was not too happy about her outfit, but was delighted to have her back. Then she took a bath with me one night & never talked right after getting wet. I told my parents I did not want to send her back to Santa again, I loved her even though she couldn't talk to me anymore. I had her for many years and my parents threw her away when I was in high school. She had been down in the basement too long & didn't look or smell too good anymore.

About 12 years ago, I saw a brunette Chatty Cathy just like my old one at a doll show, and I had to have her!! Since then, I have gotten a blonde one & two other Chattys with the pigtails. I love them all!!!!!!!


This memory was added on: May 3, 2009

I was 10 and for Christmas I didn’t get a Chatty Cathy. My Mother had decided I was too old for Dolls and money was tight. But Elaine who lived up the street got one and how I loved that doll. I was shamed in to not wanting dolls anymore, so I didn’t receive anymore, but as soon as I figured out Ebay in 1998 I bought my first Chatty Cathy. I have 10 and another on the way this week. I am going to start selling refurbished dolls on Ebay. Taking the ones that need TLC and turning them into true beauties is so much fun for me. I have to let some of my dolls go so I can get more. I can’t figure out what people want. I see beautiful dolls repaired to talk selling for less than one out of the garage that looks terrible. What is the trick?

Dana Curtis

This memory was added on: January 1, 2009

I got a Chatty Cathy for Christmas when I was 6 years old. There were two incidences that Christmas that lead me to believe she was a real person and not just a toy. First, on Christmas morning, I put Cathy on the tailgate of my brand new blue bicycle and she promptly fell off. Horrified, I picked her up and pulled her string to see if she was still alive. She said “Uh – oh, I hurt myself”. Huh? I stared at her and then hugged her close. This girl is for real I’m thinking. I handled her with much more care after that.

Then, at my first grade Show and Tell, Cathy really went all out to show how clever she was. I had a crush on this boy in my class, Eddie. Very cute! Of course I was way to shy to tell him I liked him. However, when I went before the class with Chatty Cathy and told them she could talk, Cathy wasn’t shy at all. Naturally I had to pull her string and demonstrate her verbal skills. When I did, Cathy said “I think I love you”. Then, cute Eddie asked, “What did she say?” Holy Cow! Big mouth! Paralysis set in. I stood there staring at the boy I loved thinking there is no way I’m going to repeat what Cathy just said. “I think I love you!” Jiminy Cricket! I looked over at my teacher who was in tears, doubled over, holding her stomach, making these strange wheezing sounds. I realize she’s not sick she’s just trying not to laugh out loud. I look back at Eddie and, in a panic, I promptly pulled the cord again in hopes of a less embarrassing tell all statement from my “friend” Chatty Cathy. She let out a giggle.

Merry Christmas Memories,

This memory was added on: September 19, 2008


I am 32 years old, and Chatty was before my time. But I remember hearing my mother tell me how bad she had wanted one for Christmas when she was little. She was very poor and the Salvation Army helped Santa out one year. He was unable to find Chatty Cathy for my mother and instead she got Tiny Chatty Brother. Now she loved him dearly but her heart never forgot how bad she wanted Cathy. So last year for Christmas I did a lot of research and finally found a talking brunette bob that was just beautiful. I also bought her some original outfits (any little girl who had one knows chatty must have more than one outfit). My mother was in tears when she opened her gift. She is looking into getting a special display case for her.For her birthday this year I purchased the twins for her. And sent her "official" adoption papers for all three. She couldn't be happier!

However in all my research, I too fell in love with Chatty Cathy. I now own two blonds and am on the search for a brunette. But the story didn't end there. My little 3 year old wanted one so bad that I bought her the 14" reproduction. When she isn't being played with my daughter insists that she is put on display with mine. Chatty Cathy as become a family affair for us, and I love it.


This memory was added on: August 12, 2008

I feel very lucky. I had a Chatty Cathy (the red-head with the sailor suit and glasses) and a chatty baby. Loved them both!! Wish I could afford to buy one now........guess I will never grow up. But, I did have a wonderful childhood!!


This memory was added on: April 12, 2008

I had Chatty Baby but my friend had chatty Cathy, I remember having Chatty baby paper dolls also. They really had some great toys out in the 60's. I almost wish we could go back in time, That was such an ideal era for kids. Great TV shows and toys. There were no computers back then so we had to play outside with our toys and friend. You actually knew who your neighbors were back then because most mom's didn/t work and stayed home with the kids.. Those really were the Good Ole Days!


This memory was added on: March 10, 2008

For all the little girls that got a Chatty Cathy doll, you were very lucky. I wanted one so bad but Santa could never afford one for me. But a neighbor girl got one and oh how she rubbed it in! I am 53 years old now and still remember Chatty Cathy and how bad I wanted one.


This memory was added on: October 6, 2007

I remember getting the Chatty Cathy doll when I was a kid in the early 60s. My mom told me to take special care of her. I decided to take her into the bathtub with me to keep her nice and clean. When I got out and pulled her string, she slowly said, "H e l l o, m y n a m e i s C h a t t y C a t h y" in a deep manly voice. Well needless to say, I got a slap and that was the end of Chatty Cathy....I can still hear the doll's voice till today!

Corona, NY

This memory was added on: May 7, 2007

Santa brought me a Chatty Cathy in 1963 and I was sooo excited (even have 8mm home movies of me jumping up down for what seems like forever)! I played with her all day on Christmas and even got my mom and dad to play. On Christmas night, my dad was pulling the string and, apparently, pulled it too hard. She stopped talking. My dad felt so bad that he sent it back to the North Pole the very next day. Unfortunately, I think Santa and his elves were on vacation, 'cause I didn't her back until sometime in the Spring. But I did get her back, and she was as chatty as ever.


This memory was added on: April 22, 2007

My Chatty Cathy memory started when I was about 10 years old. I was told this story but I don't have any recollection of it myself. My older sister received her blonde Chatty for Christmas probably the same year I was born. She was five. A few years later, when I was 3 or 4, I got ahold of her fingernail polish and painted some on Chatty's left eye. Of course, after that, her eye stayed open all the time and looked really gross. Today, I live in the same huge farmhouse where we grew up. Our childhood dolls are still upstairs. I thought I might find a different Chatty on ebay as a neat gift for my sister's birthday. After looking over all the listings, I decided to buy a different blonde head plus authentic shoes and socks. I cleaned up the original body and mended her original dress. I also added a new red ribbon for her hair. She looks so nice! I can't wait until Sis's birthday. I haven't even told our parents about this project. This will be so fun!


This memory was added on: April 22, 2007

I received a brunette Chatty for Christmas one year. Evidently she didn't work right so my parents exchanged her for a new one... telling me that Chatty had left on a train to go get repaired at a hospital in California. For some reason the replacement Chatty ended up being blonde. This upset me until my Daddy said, "look at that...Chatty goes off to California and dyes her hair blonde like all the movie starts!". Sounded good to me!


This memory was added on: March 15, 2007

My mother was a Jubilee attending Tupperware dealer and she won a Chatty Cathy for having high sales that month. Wmy sister was too old a teenager, but I was a wee bit too young. Well my mean big brother and my sister would hardly let me touch it, but after they finally handed her over the first time I pulled her string it broke! So Sad....

Trixie Lane

This memory was added on: February 24, 2007

Gosh.....all of these stories are simply wonderful! I grew up in a household that simply could not afford any little extra luxuries like Chatty Cathy. We had very nice, but very scant Christmases at home. Ohhhh I wanted a Cathy so badly. But it was not meant to be. I had other dolls to love, though. In fall 2000, I went 80% blind due to cataracts. My daughter, then 23, and I used to chat about my childhood all the time. One day we were sitting and I was remembering how badly I wanted that doll! It moved me to tears. Imagine my total AWE when on Christmas morning of 2000, my daughter handed me a very prettily wrapped gift. I could NOT see too well, but when I opened that box and said "What is this Shaunna?" my daughter reached over and pulled the string. I heard that voice say "I LOVE YOU". Oh my heart is pounding fromn the memory. I could not see her too well, but I could make out all of her features TOO well. I just held her allllll day long. Well, I had cataract surgery.....I could see. I graabbed my Chatty and held her as if she were my truest friend reunited. She is sitting here looking at me. I Love Her. But mostly I cherish my daughter for being so thoughtful. OOOOOOOPPS!!!! Tissue time!!!! :o)

Pam Mortimer

This memory was added on: February 22, 2007

I had a chatty cathy doll in 1964. I dropped it off the top bunk onto my sisters head. It nearly illed her. She was unconscious and bloody and had a big knot on her head. Boy did I get spanked!

Lisa H

This memory was added on: February 7, 2007

I had a Chatty Cathy, but she got dropped once too often and her recording got stuck. She said the same thing over and over, and it made my dad crazy. He finally pulled her string all the way out and cut it with scissors! She was still my favorite doll, though.


This memory was added on: January 5, 2007

I wanted this doll so badly as a little girl, but for some reason never got one. My mom even had one in her closet (I found it), but she said it was for someone else and I that was the last I saw it. I wanted to blonde one with the short hair.


This memory was added on: December 30, 2006

we were poor. parents were teenagers. but i got chatty cathy for christmas in 1960. she had blonde hair like i did. i was mesmerized. then she broke and mother couldn't find another blonde. my brunette chatty cathy wasn't the same but i loved her even though she didn't look like me anymore. fast forward 22 years and i find myself divorced mom with a four yr old. broke and trying to get on my feet, mother and i dug around and found chatty cathy,cleaned her up and sold her to a collector. what a boon to our bank account. chatty cathy saved the day!

i remember a doll my grandmother bought me for my birthday in the 60's. a doll with all these medical accessories, like a snap-on leg cast and crutches and other medical supplies. does anyone remember her name? i am sure she got her with green stamps or at mongomery ward.


This memory was added on: November 3, 2006

I had a Brunette Chatty Baby! It was Cathy's little sister. MY sister had the Blonde Chatty Cathy. Both of them talked. I really treasure photos of my childhood and I have one of Christmas morning the year we both got our Chattys! I don't know what happened to them so I found Chatty Baby on Ebay. She has the original outfit but doesn't talk. I just love seeing her again! I too am collecting dolls from my childhood. There is nothing like the dolls from the 60's and 70's. I still enjoy them! :) I don't want to grow up!!

Kathy C

This memory was added on: October 26, 2006

Hi my name is Martha and Chatty Cathy was one of the best and most memorable dolls I ever had. I remember I got her for Christmas. I don't remember how old I was probably 10. Back then little girls played with dolls a lot longer than they do today. I remember taking her from my moms house after I got married. We lived in the country back then. My husband & I moved to the city and we left the box that had my dolls in them in a storage shed or smoke house if you will. The highway department took our house to build a highway right through it. By the time we sold the property my husband & I were getting a divorce. I didn't go back to get the dolls. I don't know whatever happened to those dolls. I could kick myself now, since I have a daughter who just had a baby and boy would I like to have that Chatty Cathy to hand down. Some of the best memories I have are playing with my Chatty Cathy in the attic of an old house we lived in when I was a kid. I remember my 2 brothers younger than me were jealous and they tried to pull her teeth out while we were playing one day. haha. We were a family of 12. I have 9 brothers and 2 sisters. We were really poor. I always thought that my mom bought the doll only to find out later in life that the older brothers who were working washing dishes in a restaurant bought it for me for Christmas. WISH I HAD HER BACK!

Martha H

This memory was added on: October 13, 2006

I hated my Chatty Cathy doll.. she was so scary.. My brother pulled her string so much it messed up her voice.. It said " I want to eat you"