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Ruth Handler – creator of Barbie


Barbie was one of the hit films of 2023 and is competing for several Oscars this spring – but Barbie’s creator Ruth Handler is not as well known as her famous doll. Soundings contributor Liz tells the story of how Ruth Handler, born in America to immigrant parents, built a business empire with her husband Elliot, creating the Mattel Company and the Barbie doll. Ruth also had a second lesser known but trailblazing career as owner of ‘Nearly Me’ which supported women after breast surgery.


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The amazing life of Ruth Handler – creator of the Barbie Doll – entrepreneur and pioneer

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  • Liz

    Liz Macintyre Allan was born and brought up on the southside of Glasgow. She attended Scotland Street Primary School and later Glasgow University where she was awarded an Honours Degree in History and Comparative Religion. Liz stayed at home for several years while she raised her family and then decided to re-enter academic life as a mature student. After a happy career in education, Liz decided to take a different a story teller. She found a collection of over 300 letters written by her father and describing his experiences during WW2. Liz transcribed his words and it became a successful book....Love Letters from a Desert Rat.

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