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Ruth Handler

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Ruth Marianna Handler (née Mosko; November 4, 1916 – April 27, 2002) was an American businesswoman and inventor. She helped invent the Barbie doll. She was also the co-founder of toy company Mattel with her husband Elliot. She was the company's first president from 1945 to 1975.

The Handlers were forced to resign from Mattel in 1975 after the Securities and Exchange Commission investigated the company for faking financial documents and for committing tax evasion.[1]

Handler was born in Denver, Colorado. She died from complications of colon cancer surgery at age 85 in Los Angeles.[2]

Handler was played by Rhea Perlman in the 2023 movie Barbie.[3]


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  1. Castellitto, Linda M. (February 22, 2009). "Scandal tainted long career of Barbie's creator". ABC News. Retrieved July 6, 2023.
  2. Kershaw, Sarah (2002-04-29). "Ruth Handler, Whose Barbie Gave Dolls Curves, Dies at 85". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-08-08.
  3. Paskin, Willa (July 11, 2023). "Greta Gerwig's 'Barbie' Dream Job". The New York Times Magazine. Archived from the original on July 11, 2023. Retrieved July 11, 2023.