Ruth Handler

 

 

Age: 85

 

Summary: co-founder of Mattel and creator of the Barbie doll, in which the buxom doll debuted in 1959 and became an instant hit offering girls a mature alternative to baby dolls, where more than 1 billion Barbies have been sold in 150 countries.

 

 

Cause of Death: Complications from colon cancer surgery

 

Born: November 4, 1916

 

Died: April 27, 2002

 

Location: Los Angeles, California