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April 28, 2002 | ELAINE WOO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ruth Handler, the entrepreneur and marketing genius who co-founded Mattel and created the Barbie doll, one of the world's most enduring and popular toys, died Saturday. Handler, 85, died at Century City Hospital in Los Angeles of complications following colon surgery about three months ago, said her husband, Elliot.
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April 28, 2002 | ELAINE WOO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ruth Handler, the entrepreneur and marketing genius who co-founded Mattel and created the Barbie doll, one of the world's most enduring and popular toys, died Saturday. Handler, 85, died at Century City Hospital in Los Angeles of complications following colon surgery about three months ago, said her husband, Elliot.
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BUSINESS
January 29, 1989 | DENISE GELLENE, Times Staff Writer
The Barbie doll may lead an enchanted life, but the "real" Barbie seems to want no part of it. Barbara Handler Segal says she is nothing like the 11 1/2-inch teen-ager that was named for her 30 years ago and doesn't want to be. Oh, sure, Barbie Handler liked the beach and had lots of friends, but so did many Los Angeles teen-agers.
BUSINESS
January 29, 1989 | DENISE GELLENE, Times Staff Writer
The Barbie doll may lead an enchanted life, but the "real" Barbie seems to want no part of it. Barbara Handler Segal says she is nothing like the 11 1/2-inch teen-ager that was named for her 30 years ago and doesn't want to be. Oh, sure, Barbie Handler liked the beach and had lots of friends, but so did many Los Angeles teen-agers.
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May 8, 1986 | ROY H. CAMPBELL, Times Staff Writer
The superstar sneaked into the Glendale Galleria in the dead of night with an entourage and an 800-piece wardrobe that even Joan Collins would kill for. A legion of assistants swiftly unloaded four tractor-trailers and erected five settings for this queen that has reigned supreme for 27 years. Then the young lady was ready to receive her loyal subjects.
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June 2, 1994 | SUSAN WOODWARD
The San Pedro YWCA will hold its third annual conference for women on Saturday. Titled "Through the Looking Glass," the conference will feature keynote speaker Rep. Jane Harman (D-Marina del Rey). Past keynote speakers were the founder of the Mattel toy company, Ruth Handler, and Paula Petrotta of the Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women. Registration, which is required, is $35. For information, call Molly Henry at (310) 547-0831.
BUSINESS
March 9, 1999 | ANNE COLBY, general assignment reporter
Today is Barbie's 40th birthday, and to mark the occasion, Barbie creator and Mattel Inc. co-founder Ruth Handler is ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange. El Segundo-based Mattel swears the date was set a full year ago and has nothing to do with its management shake-up last week. But it can't hurt to be available for talks with Wall Street the week after announcing the restructuring, which included the resignations of Bruce Stein, Mattel's No.
NEWS
February 8, 1999
Barbie has been celebrating her 40th over the weekend at the American International Toy Fair in New York--the annual event at which she debuted to a lukewarm reception 40 years ago. At a birthday party Sunday night at the Waldorf-Astoria, Mattel was to mark the milestone by launching a yearlong "Ambassadors of Dreams" program in cooperation with Girls Incorporated to inspire girls to "reach for the stars."
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July 23, 2011 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Elliot Handler, a pioneering toy maker who co-founded Mattel and invented Hot Wheels, has died. He was 95. Handler died Thursday from heart failure at his Century City home, according to his daughter, Barbara Segal, after whom the Barbie doll was named. In 1945, Handler and his wife, Ruth, founded Mattel out of a garage workshop in Los Angeles with their friend Harold "Matt" Matson. They called it Mattel, a name fashioned from Matson and Elliot. The first Mattel products were picture frames, but Handler soon developed a side business making dollhouse furniture out of picture frame scraps.
NEWS
May 8, 1986 | ROY H. CAMPBELL, Times Staff Writer
The superstar sneaked into the Glendale Galleria in the dead of night with an entourage and an 800-piece wardrobe that even Joan Collins would kill for. A legion of assistants swiftly unloaded four tractor-trailers and erected five settings for this queen that has reigned supreme for 27 years. Then the young lady was ready to receive her loyal subjects.
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April 4, 1986 | MARYLOU LUTHER
Question: I have had a radical mastectomy and cannot find a skirted bathing suit with a high front-and-back neckline. The only suits I can find are cut too low--so low that my scars show. I would also prefer a suit that would allow me to wear my bra. Can you help?--B.J. Answer: The wear-your-own-bra-style suit illustrated here is especially designed for women who have had mastectomies. It is by Ruth Handler for Nearly Me. This skirted style is available in Sizes 10-20 for $76 plus postage.
BUSINESS
May 7, 1996
Internet Connections: Microsoft Corp. will conduct a seminar on the Internet for small-business owners Thursday evening at the Small Business Development Center in Torrance. Admission is $10. Information: (310) 787-6466. Business Women's Conference: Gloria Steinem, former First Lady Betty Ford and television producer Marcy Carsey will be featured speakers at a Long Beach conference May 17-18 titled "Uncommon Women on Common Ground." Sponsored by Women Inc.
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