November 26, 2000 |
Mattel's famous Barbie doll has been a teacher, a veterinarian, a dentist, a paleontologist, an astronaut--she even ran for president. So how did this accomplished gal get her start? According to the latest chapter from the Barbie myth makers, her first job was as a See's Candies sales clerk. Mattel has memorialized Barbie's days behind the candy counter in a $21 doll sold exclusively through See's.
June 11, 1992 |
So you feel a little foolish because you just can't throw out your Barbie doll? Rest easy; you're not alone. You could even be wealthier than you think. Barbies are popular collector's items and will be on display at the "Happy Dolling" Show and Sale on Saturday at the Glendale Civic Auditorium. According to hobbyist Barbara Kouri, mint-condition early Barbies can sell for around $3,000. There will be a lot of other dolls at the show too.
March 21, 1993 |
A lot of women have a love/hate relationship with Barbie. But Judy Rogers has it worse than most. Put a Barbie doll into her hands and she's likely to try to rip it apart--bend its knees thousands of times, set it on fire, even hurl the poor thing against the wall. But it's not a feminist rage against Barbie's impossible measurements and vacuous smile; Rogers is just doing her job. She's a doll specialist in Mattel's quality and safety engineering department.
August 13, 1995 |
convention doll n. a hard-to-find doll produced in small quantities for a yearly convention of Barbie doll collectors. department store special n . a doll manufactured for and sold exclusively by one chain. doll newbie n. An owner who believes a doll dates from 1966 because of the marking on its rear. The figure actually refers to when the patent was issued. loose adj . out of the box. "The only Barbies you see at garage sales are loose and nude."
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October 14, 1992 |
Next to the charred skeleton of his house, Glen Offield stood Tuesday and contemplated life without his Barbies. "They meant everything to me," the unemployed collector said. "I could do without eating. I don't know if I can live without them." Inside his gutted house, the broiled torsos of his cheap "Tammy" dolls jutted, unladylike, from a heap of black rubble.
October 14, 1992 |
Two fires at the same house were deliberately set last weekend to cover up the theft of an estimated $1 million worth of Barbies, in what was perhaps the largest Barbie doll heist in the nation's history, authorities said. Fire officials say the thief doused Glen Offield's rented house with gasoline early Saturday morning after making off with his collection while Offield was attending a doll show in Los Angeles.
August 20, 1991 |
A friend of mine calls it The Barbie Burden. None of us looks like a plastic Barbie doll, but deep down in some sugarcoated recess of our psyches, we feel that we should . Looking good invariably comes down to looking like somebody else. She has big hair and a teeny-tiny waist and just enough hips to put a slight curve in her jeans. It's tough, this image. Even Jane Fonda, the scuttlebutt goes, has had her breasts surgically enlarged.
February 22, 1989 |
As many of you have suspected, one person alone cannot write a column of this magnitude. Which is why I have an entire network of contacts who provide me with fresh, significant ideas on a regular basis. One of my best contacts works at a national magazine and feeds me tidbits on the understanding that I will never reveal her name (Kate). Every now and then something will cross her desk that is so beneath the standards of her own publication that she will call me with it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1996 |
If Barbie talked, she would have been gushing Sunday. There she was, on Beverly Hills' Rodeo Drive, diamonds laced around her slender neck, toes tucked into ruby-encrusted slippers, mink stole tossed over her shoulders and a Louis Vuitton bag by her side. Granted, Barbie, who has introduced millions of American girls to the pleasures of consumerism, was visiting the kingdom of retail chic to be auctioned off to the highest bidder as part of a benefit for children's charities.