Introduced in 1959, the original Barbie doll was named after Barbie Millicent Roberts of Willows, Wis., the daughter of Ruth and Elliott Handler, founders of the Mattel toy company. Ruth got the idea for the doll when she saw her daughter imitating adult conversations while playing with paper dolls.
Barbie Doll Named after Barbie Millicent Roberts
TriviaBy American Profile on June 4, 2000
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