Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Did You Know Tuesday - Fun Facts About Barbie

March 9 is National Barbie Day in honor of the Barbie doll's first appearance on March 9, 1959 at the American International Toy Fair in New York.

Here are some fun facts about Barbie:

Barbie's full name is Barbie Millicent Roberts.  She was named after the doll creator's daughter.

Ruth Handler, who created the Barbie doll, was inspired by the German fashion doll Bild Lilli. 

The first Barbie doll sold for $3.

351,000 Barbie dolls were sold in 1959.

Barbie has had over 130 careers over the years. 

Her best friend, since 1963, is Midge.

Her boyfriend, since 1961, is Ken.  Ken was named after Ruth Handler's son.

The first celebrity Barbie was Twiggy, based on the fashion model, in 1967.

Did you play with Barbie as a child?  Which Barbie was your favorite?  I'd love to hear from you in the comments, below.