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Ruth Handler


Chief executive of Mattel Inc. She was greatest remembered on her behalf part within the creation from the Barbie brand. She began Mattel with her spouse, using developing scraps to create dollhouses. Her 1st bestseller was the Uke-a-doodle plaything ukelele. She was dissatisfied using the breasts prosthesis she received after going through a radical mastectomy, therefore she founded Ruthton Corp. to produce more practical women’s breasts known as Almost Me. She was wedded to Elliot Handler from 1938 until her loss of life in 2002, and her children were called Kenneth and Barbara Handler. She was influenced to mention Barbie after her child Barbara. Her popular creation Barbie was voiced by Jodi Benson in Plaything Tale 2 in 1999.

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Full Name Ruth Handler
Date Of Birth November 4, 1916
Died April 27, 2002, Century City, California, United States
Place Of Birth Denver, CO
Profession Entrepreneur
Star Sign Scorpio

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1 She named the Barbie doll after her daughter Barbara Handler.
2 In 1942 they teamed up with another industrial designer, Harold "Matt" Mattson, to launch a business manufacturing picture frames. They later launched a sideline making dollhouse furniture. Within a few years, the company turned profitable and began to specialize in toys. It was called Mattel, fashioned from the "Matt" in Matson and "El" in Elliot.
3 In 1978, she and several other former officers of Mattel were indicted on charges of fraud and false reporting to the Securities and Exchange Commission. She pleaded no contest to the charges, which investigators said resulted from attempts to influence stock prices, and was fined and sentenced to community service.
4 She was a founder of Mattel and helped run the company for 30 years, until she and her husband, then co-chairmen, resigned in 1975.
5 She was found to have breast cancer in 1970 and had her left breast removed. She later developed a line of artificial breasts made of foam and silicon that she called "Nearly Me". She ran the breast prosthesis company, Ruthton Corporation, for 15 years, before selling it to a division of Kimberly-Clark.
6 Survived by a brother, five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
7 Born Ruth Mosko, she was the youngest of 10 children of Polish immigrants who settled in Denver. Her father was a blacksmith who deserted the Russian army. Her mother was illiterate when she arrived in the United States in the steerage section of the steamship. Her mother's health was so frail that Mrs.Handler was reared by an older sister. Ruth was 19 when she left Denver for a vacation in Hollywood and wound up staying. Her high school sweetheart, Elliot Handler, followed her west and married her in 1938.
8 The grown-up doll was partly inspired by Blonde Lilli, a German-made doll Ruth Handler had come across during a trip in Switzerland
9 Ruth and her husband started Mattel in a Los Angeles garage
10 "Barbie the teenage model" made its début at the American Toy Fair in 1959, becoming the success of the New York show with 350,000 units sold in the first year
11 Creator of the Barbie doll.
12 Children: Barbara and Ken



Barbie in the Nutcracker 2001 Video characters
Barbie Sticker Designer 1999 Video Game characters
Detective Barbie: Mystery at Lighthouse Cove 1999 Video Game characters
Working Woman Barbie 1999 Video Game characters
Barbie Photo Designer 1998 Video Game characters
Barbie Riding Club 1998 Video Game characters
Detective Barbie: Mystery of the Carnival Caper 1998 Video Game characters
Adventures with Barbie: Ocean Discovery 1997 Video Game characters
Talk with Me! Barbie 1997 Video Game characters
Dance! Workout with Barbie 1992 Video short uncredited
Barbie 1991 Video Game character: Barbie
Barbie and the Rockers: Out of This World 1987 TV Short characters - uncredited
Barbie and the Sensations: Rockin' Back to Earth 1987 TV Movie



I Love Christmas 2001 TV Special documentary Herself
Barbie Nation: An Unauthorized Tour 1998 Documentary Herself
The Mike Douglas Show 1977 TV Series Herself - Toy Co. Executive

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Biography 2006 TV Series documentary Herself

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1 Every little girl needed a doll through which to project herself into her dream of her future. If she was going to do role playing of what she would be like when she was 16 or 17, it was a little stupid to play with a doll that had a flat chest. So I gave it beautiful breasts.
2 My whole philosophy of Barbie was that through the doll, the little girl could be anything she wanted to be. Barbie always represented the fact that a woman has choices.

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