"Cécile" redirects here. For the doll, see Cécile Rey (doll).
For the Girls of Many Lands character, see Cécile Revel.

Cécile Rey is the eleventh Historical Character, representing 1850s New Orleans. Cécile was released in 2011 along with Marie-Grace Gardner.

In May 2014 American Girl announced that they would archive Cécile's entire collection; she, Marie-Grace Gardner, and their collections were archived prior to the BeForever relaunch. Their books remain available for purchase.

Personality and Facts

Cécile comes from a well-to-do and highly regarded family within the New Orleans community. Cécile wishes to become a stage actress, and shows a talent for storytelling, recitation, and poetry when she volunteers her time at the Holy Trinity Orphanage. Unlike Marie-Grace, Cécile is homeschooled.[5] She finds her lessons to be boring and especially dislikes writing. Cécile takes voice lessons with Marie-Grace, but unlike Marie-Grace, she doesn't feel she's very good at singing. Cécile is very good at keeping secrets, as she kept both Armand's and Marie-Grace's secrets.

Cécile is characterized as being confident, curious, and loving the limelight. She likes to be original. Americangirlpublishing.com describes her as bold. Cécile loves to make others laugh. Cécile is popular and has many friends in contrast with Marie-Grace. Cecile is outgoing and loves parties. One of her dreams was to become a famous actress, and dance at parties every night.

While Cécile can occasionally be outspoken at times, she is also shown to be sensitive and caring, such as teaching Marie-Grace French, spending time with elderly people of color at La Maison, and keeping Armand's desire to become an artist rather than a stonecutter a secret from Papa. Cécile has also shown interest in distant lands, traveling, and adventures as she loves to hear the exciting adventurous tales her Grandpa tells her and is in awe with Marie-Grace's experiences.

Cécile is quite interested in clothes and her appearance, and often tries to avoid getting her clothes dirty. For this reason, she's not too fond of Marie-Grace's dog Argos, who often has muddy paws.

She is always full of clever ideas and can be quite mischievous.

Her nickname, Cécé, is a diminutive of her full first name.

Family and Friends


Friends and Other Characters


See: List of Marie-Grace and Cécile's Books


The Cécile doll.

Main article: Cécile Rey (doll)


See: Cécile's Collection


  • Cécile is the first Historical Character to share her collection with another Historical Character, Marie-Grace Gardner, including the book series.
  • Prior to Cécile's reveal, she was referred under the code name "Denise" for her author, Denise Lewis Patrick.
  • With the archival of her collection in 2014, she and Marie-Grace Gardner had the shortest availability of any Historical character at approximately three years; the only other character with such short availability was Caroline Abbott.

See also


  1. Meet Cécile, pg. 71: What would Maman and Papa had said if Cécile Amélie Rey [...]
  2. American Girl, see discussion page.
  3. Both Meet Cécile and Meet Marie-Grace are set in January 1853.
  4. The Cameo Necklace starts in November 1854.
  5. Meet Cécile and the Montclair Author Who Writes About Her, baristanet.com, accessed Feb. 22, 2012. Denise Lewis Patrick: "Yes, even though, when [Cécile and Marie-Grace] meet, it’s not in everyday circumstances. Cécile is being homeschooled [...]
American Girl Historical Characters



Felicity Merriman ♦ ★


Caroline Abbott ♦ ★


Josefina Montoya


Cécile Rey
and Marie-Grace Gardner


Kirsten Larson


Addy Walker


Samantha Parkington


Rebecca Rubin


Kit Kittredge


Nanea Mitchell


Molly McIntire ♦ ★


Maryellen Larkin


Melody Ellison


Julie Albright


Courtney Moore

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