Noted toymaker Pascal Kamar passes away

May 15, 2006 at 10:34 AM
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LOS ANGELES, May 15 (UPI) -- Toymaker Pascal Kamar, who created the JFK and E.T. dolls, has died at a hospital in Palos Verdes Peninsula, Calif., at age 83.

Kamar's toy business grew after his 11-inch JFK doll, packaged in a musical rocking chair that played "Happy Days Are Her Again," became a hit. But the business was hit hard after President John F. Kennedy's Nov. 22, 1963 assassination.

Kamar International had been making toys since the late 1950s, first in Gardena and then Torrance, reports The Los Angeles Times. He died May 5 at Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

The E.T. doll also became a big hit although Kamar thought it was ugly. After the huge success of the movie about a space alien stranded on Earth, the company stopped making everything but E.T. dolls, the report said.

Kamar's son Christopher estimates his father designed about 30,000 stuffed toys over about 30 years.

Kamar was born in Jerusalem and immigrated in 1948 to Southern California where he established a small import-export business before trying toy designing. Kamar International dissolved in 1991.

Kamar is also survived by his companion, two daughters, a brother, and two grandchildren.

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