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Ruth Handler (1916–2002)

Ruth Handler was born on November 4, 1916 in Denver, Colorado, USA as Ruth Marianna Mosko. She was a writer, known for Detective Barbie: Mystery of the Carnival Caper (1998), Detective Barbie: Mystery at Lighthouse Cove (1999) and Barbie Photo Designer (1998). She was married to Elliot Handler. She died on April 27, 2002 in Century City, ... See full bio »

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 2001 Barbie in the Nutcracker (Video) (characters)
 1999 Barbie Sticker Designer (Video Game) (characters)
 1999 Detective Barbie: Mystery at Lighthouse Cove (Video Game) (characters)
 1999 Working Woman Barbie (Video Game) (characters)
 1998 Barbie Photo Designer (Video Game) (characters)
 1998 Barbie Riding Club (Video Game) (characters)
 1998 Detective Barbie: Mystery of the Carnival Caper (Video Game) (characters)
 1997 Adventures with Barbie: Ocean Discovery (Video Game) (characters)
 1997 Talk with Me! Barbie (Video Game) (characters)
 1992 Dance! Workout with Barbie (Video short) (uncredited)
 1991 Barbie (Video Game) (character: Barbie)
 1987 Barbie and the Rockers: Out of This World (TV Short) (characters - uncredited)
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 2001 I Love Christmas (TV Special documentary)
 1998 Barbie Nation: An Unauthorized Tour (Documentary)
 1977 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series)
Herself - Toy Co. Executive
- Episode #16.142 (1977) ... Herself - Toy Co. Executive
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 2017 The Toys That Made Us (TV Series documentary)
- Barbie (2017) ... Herself
 2006 Biography (TV Series documentary)
- Barbie (2006) ... Herself

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Handler was an entrepreneur and marketing whiz who co-founded Mattel and created the Barbie doll. See more »

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1 Print Biography | 2 Articles | See more »

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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. See more »


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. See more »

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