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.
January 11, 2013 |
The ceremony bestowing the Grammys of Britain, the Brit awards, is still a month off, but artist Damien Hirst has revealed his design for the statuettes that will be handed out: same shape, but it will have spots. Are we surprised? In early 2012, Hirst and Gagosian put on exhibitions at all 11 of its galleries around the world, including the one in Beverly Hills, of his "Spot" paintings, in which grids of dots are painted in various colors and sizes. For five weeks, 300 of the more than 1,500 existing spot paintings were shown.
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."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
April 12, 1999 |
Fickle Barbie of Fate: Giving new meaning to the term "plastic surgery," a Duke University prosthetics specialist has begun using Barbie doll legs to create artificial fingers for amputees. Jane Bahor says the legs are placed inside a flesh-colored silicone sleeve, trimmed to size and then attached to the patient. The method works well, she says, because the flexible joints in Barbie's legs allow the fake fingers to bend.
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.