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Handler, Ruth

Born: 1916 AD
Died: 2002 AD
3.3 (66.67%) 18 votes

1916 – She was born on the 4th day of November of this year in Denver, Colorado. She is the President of the toy manufacturer Mattel, Inc., and is remembered primarily for her role in marketing the Barbie doll.


1938 – She married Elliot Handler in this year.


1959 – Ruth Handler says that when she bought "Bild Lilli" she was ignorant of its adult nature. Back home she reworked the design of the doll and re-named her Barbie, who debuted at the New York toy fair on March 9 of this year.


1960 – Barbie became a big seller, and Ken (named for the Handlers’ son, Kenneth Handler) was introduced as her boyfriend in this year.


1967 – This year, she became president of Matte. She had a mastectomy in the 1970s, and irregularities in reporting to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission led to her resignation at Mattel.


1994 – Her son Kenneth died from a tumor in June of this year.


2002 – She died of complication of surgery from colon cancer on the 27th day of April of this year in Los Angeles, California at age 85.

3.3 (66.67%) 18 votes