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Ruth Handler

American businesswoman

Ruth Marianna Handler (nee Kosvo; November 4, 1916 – April 27, 2002) was an American businesswoman and inventor. She was the president of toy manufacturer Mattel. She helped invent the Barbie doll.

Handler was born in Denver, Colorado. She died from complications of colon cancer surgery at age 85 in Los Angeles. [1]

  1. Kershaw, Sarah (2002-04-29). "Ruth Handler, Whose Barbie Gave Dolls Curves, Dies at 85". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-08-08.