Toupee worn by Carl Reiner as Alan Brady on The Dick Van Dyke Show


Toupee worn by Carl Reiner as Alan Brady on The Dick Van Dyke Show. The show aired on CBS from 1961-1966, with Reiner serving as producer, writer, and actor in the role of Alan Brady, the demanding and vain host of a fictitious variety show. Dick Van Dyke starred as television writer Rob Petrie and Mary Tyler Moore played his wife Laura. In the memorable episode "Coast-to-Coast Big Mouth," Laura accidentally reveals that Brady wore a toupee on television. She visits Brady to apologize, only to find him furious and surrounded by several different toupees on mannequin heads to whom he tells "Fellas, there's the little lady who put you out of business!"

Date Made: 1950s

User: Reiner, CarlRelated Person: Van Dyke, Dick

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: California, Los Angeles

Subject: TelevisionEntertainmentHumorComedyHairstylingFashion


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2017.0140.02Accession Number: 2017.0140Catalog Number: 2017.0140.02

Object Name: toupee

Physical Description: hair (overall material)fabric (form material)paper (box material)Measurements: overall: 4 1/8 in x 9 5/16 in x 7 5/16 in; 10.4775 cm x 23.65375 cm x 18.57375 cmtoupee on form: 4 in x 7 in x 8 1/2 in; 10.16 cm x 17.78 cm x 21.59 cm


Record Id: nmah_1846417

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