The Chatty Cathy doll was a popular toy in the late 50s and into the 60s. The term Chatty Cathy has even entered our culture and is a name for a person who talks a lot.
Here is some trivia about the toy:
The Mattel Toy Company released the first Chatty Cathy doll in 1959.
She began her career in commercials in 1960.
The ring on her upper back had a string that went to a metal coil that drove a phonograph record of her voice.
Chatty Cathy spoke one of her eleven phrases, such as “I love you.”
By 1963, she had 18 phrases.
The voice is that of June Foray, who was a voice actress for radio, TV, film, toys, and video games. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her credits for cartoon characters include: Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Natasha Fatales, Nell Fenwick, Lucifer from Walt Disney’s Cinderella, Jokey Smurf, and Witch Hazel.
Foray also was the voice of the not-so-sweet Talky Tina on the Twilight Zone episode “Living Doll.” The doll has murderous designs after ill treatment by a little girl’s step-father, who was played by Telly Savalas. People might remember the line “I’m Talky Tina and I don’t like you.” The episode first aired in 1963.
Here is a vintage commercial for Chatty Cathy from the early 60s: