Ruthe Handler

My story

I was born in Denver, CO on November 4, 1916. I had 10 siblings. When I was 19 i moved to Hollywood and married Elliot Handler. I died on April 27, 2002.

The Barbie

I decided to make the Barbie doll on March 12, 1959. I named them Barbies after my daughter's (Barbra) nick name, Barbie. After that I named Barbie's companion after my son, Ken. I invented Barbie on March 9, 1959. I thought of the idea in Europe.

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