Barbie turns 60: milestones in the popular toy's history

Here are a few key dates in the 'life' of Barbie, the iconic doll that celebrates her 60th birthday today

08 March 2019 - 00:00 By AFP Relaxnews
In 2004, Barbie started dating surfer dude Blaine.
In 2004, Barbie started dating surfer dude Blaine.
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1959: Barbie makes her debut at the American Toy Fair in New York on March 9.

1961: Creation of Ken, Barbie's on-off boyfriend. The two dolls are named for creator Ruth Handler's children.

1965: Barbie becomes an astronaut, four years before Neil Armstrong walks on the Moon. To date, she has tried nearly 200 careers.

1965: Barbie gets bendable legs.

Barbra Handler, namesake of the Barbie doll, places her hands alongside Barbie's on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Barbra Handler, namesake of the Barbie doll, places her hands alongside Barbie's on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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1967: The first celebrity Barbie is issued — in the form of British model Twiggy.

1968: Mattel markets the first black doll, a friend for Barbie named Christie.

1970: The first fully articulated Barbie is created.

1980: The first Black Barbie is marketed.

1992: Barbie is a presidential candidate for the first time.

2002: Barbie gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2004: Barbie dumps Ken for a surfer named Blaine, the brother of one of her friends. But the relationship only lasts a short time.

2011: Ken officially returns to Barbie's life on February 14.

2014: Mattel produces Ella, a bald friend of Barbie suffering from cancer. She is given free to children going through chemotherapy who have lost their hair.

2016: Barbie makes the front page of Time magazine when she is introduced in several new looks: tall, petite and curvy.

2019: Barbie turns 60.


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