1966 was a very interesting year for "Elise". She spent her first years as the more demure little sister for 20-inch "Cissy," who got a two year head start. "Elise" made her debut in 1957, and the two dolls tended to be a shadow of each other, and available in many of the same outfits and matching extra boxed clothes. "Cissy" was retired, with her last appearance in 1962. "Elise" however, was just getting started. She had a number of mold and body tweaks... and grew from her original 16.5-inches to 18-inches in 1964. In 1965, the new "long neck" 17-inch version appeared and "Elise" would stay in this format until 1992. For this one year, "Elise" was renamed "Polly" along with "Leslie," a black version of the same doll. "Elise" also started her use as "Maria" of the Sound of Music series in 1965.
"Elise" was about to get a huge career bump in 1966 by FAO Schwarz. The new 20-inch fashion doll "Coco" got all the headlines in the company 1966 catalog. Alas, "Coco" was a very problematic doll for the Alexander Doll Company. Production issues and the association of the dolls name with Coco Chanel, but without licensing, caused many problems. However, at FAO, "Elise" was given the first of a series of their exclusive trunk sets that sent her on tours dressed for the new decade. She was available in bell-bottoms, short skirts and the newly popular a-line "baby doll" dresses. The formals and prom dresses were still available, but "Elise" was now styling for her generation. In 1966, FAO also had an "Elise" exclusive as a Queen - with all the royal flourishes expected of a doll from Madame Alexander. Queen Elizabeth made a visit to the United States this same year. With a long doll career ahead of her, "Elise" was used for the now iconic FAO exclusive Elise trunk sets until the early 1970s.