Ruth originally thought of the idea while her daughter, Barbara, was playing with paper dolls. She realized that as her daughter grew older and began to imitate adult conversations and the world around her, she needed a three-dimensional representation of it as well. She shared her idea of a doll with a woman's figure with her husband and the all-male executive team at Mattel, but they refused saying that it would be too expensive to produce and the retail price would have to be higher than the consumer would pay. She again approached them with the idea after returning from a trip to Europe with a Lilli doll, a German doll produced in the mid- fifties. Lilli, however, was modeled after a sultry, almost pornographic caricature in a German comic strip; she was a far cry from the innocent, all-American image Ruth wanted to capture, and it was Mattel's job to change that. Several trips to and from Japan finally ended with a deal that changed the pursed lips, widow's peak, and heavy make-up of Lilli into an embodiment of the quintessential American teenager, created to "project every little girl's dream of the future" Billy Boy
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Barbie just might be the most famous doll in the world. She has been played with, studied, celebrated, and vilified for more than fifty years. When award-winning author Tanya Lee Stone started asking girls, boys, men, and women how they feel about Barbie, the first thing she discovered is how passionate people are about her. Lauren Myracle : "Holy belly buttons!
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The breasts of Barbie, those peaks of American merchandising, receive their due in tonight's report on the sexy little miss -- now 40 years old, although you wouldn't know it -- who revolutionized global dolldom. Delving into ''The Secret Life of Barbie,'' Robert Krulwich goes to Barbie's creator and developer, Ruth Handler, for an account of how she beat down the resistance of prudish male executives at Mattel, the big toy company that she and her husband founded, and made them all rich. Our engaging correspondent talks to middle-aged women who cherish memories of their Barbie collections and to deconstructionists of her construction, noting along the way how Mattel has played hardball with competitors bent on imitating the inimitable. It all began on a trip to Europe when Ms.
Produced, written, and directed by Susan Stern. Susan Stern's film takes as its subject matter a doll whose shoes will not stay on her for five minutes, "yet ideologies adhere to her with great tenacity. Her look at Barbie was prompted by the creation of a game called "Jealous Barbie" by her five-year-old daughter, Nora. Stern ex-plains: "My Barbie Doll had to be jealous of her Barbie doll for hours on end.