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Ruth Mosko Handler
Birth: Nov. 4, 1916
Death: Apr. 27, 2002
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Co-Founder of Mattel Inc, Inventor of the Barbie Doll and the company 'The Nearly Me Prosthetic Breast'. Barbie, a teenage doll with a tiny waist, slender hips and impressive bust, became not only a best selling toy, with more than 1 billion sold in 150 countries. In 1942 they teamed up with another industrial designer Harold "Matt" Mattson, to launch a business manufacturing picture frames. they later launched a sideline making dollhouse furniture. Within a few years, the company turned profitable and began to specialize in toys. it was called Mattel, fashioned from the "Matt' in Mattson and the "El" in Elliot. Mrs.Handler named the barbie doll after her daughter barbara and named the boy doll Ken after her son. other doll were named for Mrs.Handler's grandchildren including Stacie, Todd and Cheryl. Mrs.Handler devoted her later years to a second career her Company 'The Nearly Me Prosthetic Breast', manufacturing and marketing artificial breast for women who had gone mastectomy. A breast cancer survivor herself, she personally sold and fitted the prosthesis and crisscrossed the country as a spokeswoman for early detection of the disease in the 1970s. Her goal was to make an artificial breast so real "That a woman could wear a brassiere and blouse, stick her chest out and be proud". Mrs.Handler aged 85, died at a Los Angeles hospital of complication from colon surgery. Her son Ken, died of brain tumor in 1994, She survived by her husband Elliot of 63 years, her daughter Barbara Segal, a brother Aaron Mosko, five grandchildren and one great-grand child. 
 
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  Elliot Handler (1916 - 2011)*
 
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Cause of death: Complications from surgery
 
Burial:
Hillside Memorial Park
Culver City
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Family plot in Garden of Rebecca
 
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Record added: Apr 29, 2002
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