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"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 in the New Orleans free people of color community. Her nickname, Cécé, is a diminutive of her first name. She is popular and has many friends in contrast with Marie-Grace, who is new to New Orleans as she has not lived there for some time.

Cécile is confident, outgoing, curious, and loves the limelight and likes to be original. She is always full of clever ideas and can be quite mischievous; American Girl Publishing also describes her as bold. Cécile loves to make others laugh and to perform. While Cécile can occasionally be outspoken at times, she is also shown to be sensitive and caring; examples include teaching Marie-Grace French and spending time with elderly people of color at La Maison. Cécile is very good at keeping secrets, keeping Armand's desire to become an artist rather than a stonecutter a secret from Papa and Marie-Grace's secrets. She shows a talent for storytelling (similar to her grandfather, Simon Rey), recitation, and poetry when she volunteers her time at the Holy Trinity Orphanage. She, along with her family, is Catholic.

Cécile shows personal interest in distant lands, traveling, and adventures; she loves to hear the exciting adventurous tales her Grand-père tells her and is in awe of Marie-Grace's experiences. Unlike Marie-Grace, Cécile is tutored at home rather than attending a school with others.[5] She finds her lessons to be boring and especially dislikes writing. Cécile takes voice lessons with Marie-Grace; unlike Marie-Grace, she doesn't feel very good at singing.

Cécile is somewhat interested in clothes and her appearance--she often tries to avoid getting her clothes dirty and thus is not as fond of Marie-Grace's dog Argos, who often has muddy paws--but not to the degree of girls such as Agnès and Fanny Metoyer.

She loves parties and one of her dreams is to become a famous stage actress and thus, dance at parties every night.

Family and Friends[]


Friends and Other Characters[]


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


Main article: Cécile Rey (doll)

The Cécile doll.


See: Cécile's Collection


  • Cécile was the first Historical Character to share her central collection with another Historical Character, Marie-Grace Gardner, including the book series. They were later followed by Nicki and Isabel Hoffman, who are twins rather than friends.
  • Prior to Cécile's reveal she was referred under the code name "Denise" after 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, a short availability shared with 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,, 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


Claudie Wells


Kit Kittredge


Nanea Mitchell


Molly McIntire


Maryellen Larkin


Melody Ellison


Julie Albright


Courtney Moore


Nicki Hoffman
and Isabel Hoffman

Archived / ♦ Part of the BeForever Collection