Stumbled upon this person's portfolio, and apparently this Jack Hedden guy is who built the Macy's Thankgiving Day float. Check out the miniature model!
Last edited by Tallstar; January 8, 2012 at 11:33am.
So rather than creating an all-new thread, I thought I would bump this one with some information about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Float discovered via some research.
- According to Mattel's Director of Promotional Services, Frank Foretich, the float cost $200,000 to construct.
- Most of the characters were played by New York stage actors. This particular job provided 20 stage actors with several weeks worth of work.
- The roles of He-Man & She-Ra were scrutinized very carefully by Mattel, as they would be representing the brands.
- It was difficult to find a blonde actor with He-Man's build in New York, so they went looking in California and hired Mark Cherry.
- She-Ra was played by Gwendolyn Miller. She was a Broadway actress in a couple different productions, one of which was "42nd Street." (Playing the character of Diane Laramer)
- Wendy Kimball, a Westbury actress, was tapped for the role of Orko, as she was only 5 feet tall. She was used in past parades for a number of years, usually as a Care Bear.
Oddly, a magazine called the Washingtonian from 1985 mentions to be on the lookout for a model named Lori Estep on the float, presumably in the role of She-Ra. It looks like she may have been replaced by Gwendolyn Miller, played another role or didn't participate at all.
"Princess of Power: Consider a model's life. One minute you're posing fetchingly in lingerie; the next you're signing autographs for five-year-olds in your “She Ra, Princess of Power' ' uniform. Lori Estep, a Washington model whose 35-25-35 won her the titles of Miss Maryland World in 1980 and Miss DC two years later, is accustomed to posing for the usual glamour shots. But she's just been tapped by Mattel to be She-Ra, twin sister of He Man, during public appearances on the East Coast.
Mattel makes a doll fashioned after the Saturday-morning cartoon character and star of her own new animated movie, The Secret of the Sword. Estep signs autographs for children who consider She-Ra "glamorous defender of the world," their heroine. Later this month, look for her on the Mattel float in Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade."
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Very cool! Thanks for sharing Tallstar!
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Lori Estep now goes by the name Lori Crowder. She works as a stunt double in LA, and has appeared in a number of film and televison shows, including Ghostbusters II, the Brady Bunch Movie, Halloween, and Dexter.
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That is a hell of a playlet! Very impressive portfolio for sure.
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