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Father of 'Barbie' -- Dead at 95

7/22/2011 8:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Elliot Handler -- a co-founder of the Mattel toy company -- the guy who NAMED the "Barbie Doll" -- has died ... TMZ has learned.

Elliot Handler Dead

Handler's caretaker tells TMZ ... Elliot had a medical emergency last night ... and eventually died from heart failure.

Elliot's wife CREATED the Barbie Doll back in the '50s ... and Handler named the doll after their daughter Barbara.

Handler was 95-years old.



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1.

Abe    

I hope Barbie doesn't look like him when she gets older. That would kill sales for sure.

x

1158 days ago
2.

some guy    

How does Dax feel about this? Heartbroken, I'll bet


RIP

1158 days ago
3.

mjfan212    

R.I.P YOUR WITH GOD NOW TELL M.J I SAID HI BLESS U BOTH

1158 days ago
4.

Lisa    

DEAD???????????? At 95? Are you serious? So young, so tragic

1158 days ago
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Me    

Technically she didn't CREATE it. She ripped it off from a Bild Lilli doll.

1158 days ago
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Sue    

Actually "me" she did create it after her daughter Barbara and son Ken. A very good friend of mine is their nephew. So you are wrong---

1158 days ago
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Johnnyt    

WTF? This is celebrity must know news for sure!!! I'm typing
while I'm running to to water cooler right now!!!

1158 days ago
8.

Gormm    

Actually, Hitler created Barbie-

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2013397/Hitler-ordered-Nazis-make-sex-dolls-soldiers-wouldnt-catch-syphilis-prostitutes.html?ITO=1490

1158 days ago
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Kristin    

RIP

1158 days ago
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some guy    

I thought it was space aliens that implanted a probe inside Elliot that gave him the idea for Barbie.

1158 days ago
11.

charles    

an excellent film on this and Jewish identity, is called "The Tribe". The filmmaker is a true Renaissance person. A recommend to Harvey
http://www.tribethefilm.com/about_press.html

1158 days ago
12.

some guy    

@Gormm


Ugh... that story's creepy.

Wonder if any of the Nazi troops got weird and started fetishizing.

Doesn't paint a pretty picture for the French, though. Wonder if they're still like that.

1158 days ago
13.

Woot    

Aw... rest in peace, young man. Thanks for your contributions to girls everywhere. And some boys! :o)

1158 days ago
14.

ann    

RIP Mr Elliot Handler, my husband Bernard is his caretaker, been with him for years, he was such an amazing man, helped people and charities for decade, the people that knew him would say great things about him..no wonder he was so blessed when he was still alive,,but he had enough so I think it's time for him to go..God Bless you Mr. Handler, you will be missed so much...

1158 days ago
15.

writenow    

RIP.

1158 days ago
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