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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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31.

Joe    

of a *grieving* family

1191 days ago
32.

jose fuentes    

he may rest in peace....now he is heaven and watching over us...

1191 days ago
33.

Toletha    

The man that made girls dreams come true. RIP

1191 days ago
34.

Zoxxa    

I use to have these awesome slutty knee high black leather boots for barbie!

RIP!

1191 days ago
35.

ann    

@ Joe,,, His caretaker didn't sell the story to TMZ..they called and ask him questions and suppose Mr handler is a public figure..there is no reason why he could not disclose his death..after all he is his right hand....

1190 days ago
36.

ann    

and hey Joe...you didn't know the meaning of a descent and humanitarian job don't you??don't under estimate the caretakers because they are professional, descent and servants that you couldn't even do their job...I'm sure mr handler gave his authority to his caretaker prior to his passing to take care of everything about him in his behalf..

1190 days ago
37.

barb    

Altho i am primarily interested in Sue's reference to Eliot Handler's nephew (more on that below), first - to set record straight on whether Barbie doll was an original creation by Ruth, here's a link showing the source of the doll's design and tells the history. She bought the rights and original factory, so did not rip off in a legal sense, but did copy its main features. http://www.dollreference.com/bild_lilli.html
2nd We also knew a member of this family, a dear friend from Denver, named Barbara Handler, whom I believe was a niece of Ruth & Eliot. I recall her brother had been living in South America. Perhaps this is the same person to whom Sue refers. If so, I would like to write to him about his sister, who died a few years ago in Denver.

1190 days ago
38.

bob    

I worked at Mattel 1967-68. Saw the Handlers several times. He was a great guy. His wife was an uppity, better than thou b---h.

1178 days ago
39.

Felisha    

R.I.P Father of Barbie. We have a new Barbie name Nicki Minaj if you want to kno! :Dw

1178 days ago
40.

ciara    

what the heck is going on all these people just dropping dead like a bunch of dead flies

1177 days ago
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