‘Family Affair’: Buffy’s Iconic ‘Mrs. Beasley’ Doll Was Missing a Key Feature in Debut Episode

by Madison Miller
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Props often become an essential part of any show. For “M*A*S*H” the character Radar was known for the small bear he would sleep with. John Stamos has the iconic Tanner family couch from “Full House.” Joss Whedon even kept a scythe from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

The show “Family Affair” featured a character with the nickname Buffy. Anissa Jones played Elizabeth “Buffy” Patterson Davis.

Similar to other TV characters, Buffy carried around a prop that became central to the show. Buffy even believed the doll talked back too.

Buffy and Mrs. Beasley Doll

Throughout the show, Buffy can be seen walking around and talking with her doll that she named Mrs. Beasley. The doll in many ways had been like another character, or at least it was to Buffy.

According to MeTV, a major adjustment was made after the first episode. The doll had black spectacles added to it, which added to the overall appeal of the doll.

These glasses didn’t show up until the second episode instead.

The doll was insanely famous during “Family Affairs” time on television. In fact, Mattel, a popular toy-making company, created a version of it to sell. It was on the market in the late 1960s.

Mattel sold enough of the doll that they eventually made another version. It was called the “Talking Buffy.” This version had a Buffy doll that can talk and is holding a miniature Mrs. Beasley.

Anissa Jones Career After ‘Family Affairs’

When she played Buffy on “Family Affairs,” Anissa Jones was only about 8-years-old. When the show was canceled in 1971, Jones was 13 and claimed she was glad to be rid of her role as Buffy and that Mrs. Beasley doll.

At one point, Jones auditioned for the role of Regan MacNeil in “The Exorcist.” William Friedkin turned her down for the role by saying audiences still saw her as the little girl named Buffy. He believed the thought of her as a creepy and possessed demon child wouldn’t go over as well with audiences.

However, she was used to carrying a doll around and talking to it. In other contexts, this could be seen as disturbing. Jones never really got the chance to play a more serious role. Her role as Buffy kept her from the first one she really wanted.

She was on “The Mike Douglas Show” as well as “The Dick Cavett Show” during her career. She was invited to audition for the role for a part in “Taxi Driver,” but turned that down. Jodie Foster would end up in the role instead.

Unfortunately, her life was cut short at the age of 18 when she had an accidental drug overdose.

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