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Toys Great Gifts Barbie Dolls - Celebrities

Barbie had a lasting impression upon America and the world beyond.

What Ruth Handler created was a new culture of play for little girls from around the world.

Originally the idea for Barbie was given a strict no by the male purchasing managers. It was because of Ruth Handler's belief in her creation that she pursued this dream. And her dream became our dream.

What female babyboomer in the United States did not own a Barbie Doll? Here's a look at some of the celebrities that inspired Barbie Dolls.

Barbie®Celebrity Dolls:

Twiggy

Twiggy – first celebrity doll introduced 1967, Twiggy (Lesley Hornby), who was from London and became iconic here in the United States for her skinny as a twig looks and her fabulous fashion outfits.

Celebrity Barbie Doll - I Dream of Jeannie

Celebrity Barbie Doll I Dream of Jeannie Barbara Eden

Celebrity Barbie Doll I Dream of Jeannie Barbara Eden

Examples of Celebrity Barbie Dolls

Diahann Carrol

Diahann Carroll, the first black women to have her own television show, she played a nurse in the show with the same name as the doll - the “Julie” doll was modeled after her Diahann Carrol had her own televisions show called “Julia. P. 40 , it has been stated that Ms. Carrol didn’t feel the

Barbie doll named Julia” ”looked much like her….

Marlo Thomas

Marlo Thomas, the star of “That Girl”, while no direct Barbie, in 1967, both Barbie and Francie got new hairsytles, a shoulder-length “lip” style.p. 37

Naomi Sime

Naomi Sime – the first famous black model, Christie had a short “Afro” hairsystle”, essentially a new term for a bubble cut. 1968-1985. Sadly, Naomi Sime left us in 2009 at the age of 61.

Empress Sissy

Empress Sissy – the Habsburg Barbie® modeled after the wife fo the emperor of the Austria, Emperor Franz Josef. In 1995, 10 dolls were sold for $4,500 each to help restore the Habsburg summer home in Bad Ischl.

Free Willy

Free Willy – Ocean Friends Barbie® doll and Keiko gift Set (1996) “Keiko can swim, splash, squirt water and make whale sounds.” P. 76

Kitty O’Neil

Kitty O’Neil, was the model for the Kitty O’Neil Barbie doll, Kitty was “a deaf, dare-devil, stunt woman for movies and TV shows.” P. 57 (1978) wore a yellow knee-length jumpsuit with front zipper closing to mimic the race car driver.

Laurie Lea Schaefer – Miss America 1972

Laurie Lea Schaefer, Miss America 1972, “Walk Lively Miss America was based on a real life Miss America.” P. 55)

Jackie Kennedy

Jackie Kennedy is one of my personal favorites. Perhaps no other US President's wife has had the notoriety as Jackie and perhaps Jackie takes the lead in the most number of replica dolls - from the barbie doll to the Franklin Mint. The porcelain doll by the Franklin Mint details in precise miniature the beautiful wedding dress that Jackie wore on her wedding day to a man who was at an US Senator at the time of their betrothal who would go on to become the President of the United States of America.


Lack of Athletic Celebrities

From my reading material, I noted no great female athletes – iceskating, tennis, golf. Specifically, I tried to find:

Dorothy Hamil

Peggy Flemming

Chris Everett

Nadia

Nancy Lopez

Mattel was known for its marketing. The packaging, the fashions were as important as the slogans. Mattel created a create product complete with memorable slogans.

Barbie® Doll Slogans:

We girls can do anything, right Barbie?

Ken, he’s a doll!

Theme song, “We Girls Can Do Anything?”

You can tell its Mattel, it is swell!


Summary - We Girls Can Do Anything!

Barbie gave little girls around the world the ability to imagine, to create, to dream. The slogan of We Girls Can Do Anything is true. Amazingly the inventor Ruth Handler proved the experts in the toy industry wrong - millions upon millions of times over. No other doll or toy in history has had such a strong following.

At one point the membership for Barbie Dolls was estimated in the same realm as the Girl Scouts - amazing! A toy, a simple doll. But oh, it was the dream that doll represented to little girls throughout the world.

Barbie, Ruth Handler's dream, lives on. The story behind the inventor, an American female who created a dream for the little girl in all of us, is a story that proves - We Girls Can Do Anything!

Elvis - Celebrity Barbie Doll

Celebrity Barbie Doll

Celebrity Barbie Doll

Goldie Hawn and Marilyn Monroe

Goldie Hawn Celebrity Barbie Doll

Goldie Hawn Celebrity Barbie Doll

Marilyn Monroe Celebrity Barbie Doll

Marilyn Monroe Celebrity Barbie Doll

Marilyn Monroe hi.baidu.com Celebrity Barbie Doll

Marilyn Monroe hi.baidu.com Celebrity Barbie Doll

I Dream of Jeannie Barbara Eden

Celebrity Barbie Doll Barbara Eden - I Dream of Jeannie

Celebrity Barbie Doll Barbara Eden - I Dream of Jeannie

I Dream of Jeannie Barbie

Elizabeth Taylor Barbie

Celebrity Barbie Doll Elizabeth Taylor

Celebrity Barbie Doll Elizabeth Taylor

While not the most expensive barbie, but perhaps the most expensive barbie for a celebrity barbie doll was reported as Dream Halloween depicted to the right - Elizabeth Taylor - at auction $25,000!

The 2010 Cleopatra Barbie Doll is one of the most popular and representative of the world's most expensive movie production ever.  Elizabeth Taylor was stated to have received $1,000,000 for her role.  The acting is superb, the scenery outstanding and the clothing is luxurious.  Cleopatra the movie remain a delight decades later.

Elizabeth Taylor White Diamonds Barbie on Amazon

Miss America Barbie

Celebrity Barbie Doll

Celebrity Barbie Doll

Painted Celebrity Dolls from Nav Sikand

Painted Dolls - Four Celebrities nivsikand.com

Painted Dolls - Four Celebrities nivsikand.com

navsikand.com Dolls of 1930s icons Jean Harlow, Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich & Norma Shearer.

navsikand.com Dolls of 1930s icons Jean Harlow, Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich & Norma Shearer.

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Niv Sikand Dolls

Niv Sikand hand paints dolls.  "Most of the dolls used for my repaints are 16" Robert Tonner or Franklin Mint. However I have also begun to use Gene Marshall, Madra Lord and Barbie sized 12" dolls. All repaints and reroots are done using top quality products only."  As you can see, he can replicate any celebrity.    His dolls include vintage Hollywood - such as the 1930s beauties shown above to modern day celebrities such as Madonna and Nicole Kidman

Barbie Doll Celebrity Links and References

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    Cleopatra Barbie - Elizabeth Taylor The World's Most Expensive Movie Ever Produced The World's Most Beautiful Woman The World's Most Expensive Diamond Engagement Ring This is a tale of great proportions, of...
  • Inventor - Ruth Handler and the Barbie Doll Toy
    Ruth Handler, who was born Ruth Mosko, on November 14th 1916 was the inventor and the mother of the world famous modern
  • Barbie Doll and Family Quiz
    Barbie and Family Fast Facts The Barbie Family, Friends and Pets Take a journey with us back into time. Restore memories of a simpler time, playing with Barbie Dolls. Recall the friends and family of Barbie. And view all the items for sale now - grou
  • Barbie Fashions, Video, Quiz and More
    Barbie, invented by Ruth Handler of Mattel, made a lasting impact upon the world as we know it.What little girl in America didn't grow up with Barbie. How many countries around the world have had their own version of Barbie? Europe, Asia and the list

Tribute Barbie Doll to Frank Sinatra

tribute to Frank Sinatra Barbie Doll

tribute to Frank Sinatra Barbie Doll

Frank Sinatra Barbie Doll

Frank Sinatra Barbie Doll

Frank Sinatra Barbie Doll

Frank Sinatra Barbie Doll

Recently released for under $40 is the Frank Sinatra Tribute Barbie Doll - a Barbie with a Frank Sinatra-like outfit and vivacious pose. Yet many years ago, a Barbie Doll with Frank's likeness was released and prices on the Internet show this forerunner selling in excess of $2000.

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Who is Missing Out of the Celebrities?

So who is missing in the world celebrities? Princess Diana and my personal favorite Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco - the granddaughter of Princess Grace, daughter of Princess Stephanie. An equestrine Barbie with Princess Charlotte's likeness I believe would be timeless.

Barbie has an entire line of royals but royality in how one carries oneself not just beauty. Princess Diana, Princess Grace all showed great personal stamina. The public eye is challenging and we as viewers must remember it is not all the glitz and glamor. The hunger the public has for the celebrities sometimes denies the celebrity a normal life or in the case of Princess Diana, a life period. Respectfulness must be the mantra of all professions.

Charlotte Casiraghi

A Barbie Doll is Needed to Celebrate this Beauty named Charlotte Casiraghi

A Barbie Doll is Needed to Celebrate this Beauty named Charlotte Casiraghi

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Comments

Kelly Kline Burnett (author) from Madison, Wisconsin on December 21, 2011:

The Best Mouse Trap,

I had forgotten about the pregnant. Hmmm, I have written about many but never even considered the two you mentioned. Interesting. Thank you for sharing. I thought the tatoo barbie was the sign of the times - but "I hate math" barbie - never heard of that one,

Kelly Kline Burnett (author) from Madison, Wisconsin on December 21, 2011:

The Best Mouse Trap,

I had forgotten about the pregnant. Hmmm, I have written about many but never even considered the two you mentioned. Interesting. Thank you for sharing. I thought the tatoo barbie was the sign of the times - but "I hate math" barbie - never heard of that one,

Pam Valentine from The Heartland, USA on December 19, 2011:

While the Barbie that I recalled while reading your hub was not a celebrity, it brought back the memory of pregnant barbie and what a controversy she created, as well the "I hate math" Barbie. Interesting and fun memories. Thanks

Kelly Kline Burnett (author) from Madison, Wisconsin on October 22, 2011:

@Mary,

Oh, I love that website! Wow! Imagine your very own Barbie! Thank you so much for sharing! I want to be a Barbie Doll and now for a few dollars I really can! Too fun! Thank you!

Kelly Kline Burnett (author) from Madison, Wisconsin on October 22, 2011:

@Marykone - http://navsikand.com/ I will also send you an email with this web address.

Great question - thank you very much for stopping by. Nav Sikand's work is stunning!

marykone@gmail.com on October 06, 2011:

where can I find "Niv Sikand" dolls for sale...I tried every combination that I could imagine and had NO luck...HELP!His/Her work is fabulous!

Mary on July 13, 2011:

Nice dolls, I really love them, anyway I just want to share this interesting info related to this topic I found this website http://www.ThatsMyFace.com/f/action_figure_head that can create a super-realistic doll heads of anyone from just a photo. Imagine making doll of yourself, your kids, your boss or your favorite celebrity!

Apparently they can make the heads in many scales to fit Barbie-like dolls, Tonner dolls or even smaller figurines like Polly Pocket.

Here is the link for the pic: http://www.thatsmyface.com/tmp/ThatsMyFace_doll_he...

What do you think?

Kelly Kline Burnett (author) from Madison, Wisconsin on March 07, 2011:

Carrie C,

I had to google Norma Shearer - silent movie star - she was beautiful! Thank you so much - I detailed her in the photo had not seen a photo of her - thank you!

Carrie C. on March 05, 2011:

I want a Norma Shearer doll! I'm so crazy about her she was so beautiful.Amazing job!!! They are very beautiful dolls.

uuuuuuungbbgfds on May 11, 2010:

So awesome those barbie dolls..........

I wish they had me. :) :)