Ruth Handler’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

Nov 4, 1916

Death Date

April 27, 2002

Age of Death

85 years

Cause of Death

Surgical Complications



The entrepreneur Ruth Handler died at the age of 85. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

President of Mattel Inc. She was best remembered for her part in the creation of the Barbie brand.

She was married to Elliot Handler from 1938 until her death in 2002, and her kids were named Kenneth and Barbara Handler. She was inspired to name Barbie after her daughter Barbara.



“I thought the Barbie doll would always be successful.” (Ruth Handler)


“We didn’t know how to run a business, but we had dreams and talent.” (Ruth Handler)


“I wasn’t a financial pro, and I paid the price.” (Ruth Handler)


“It’s the degree of success and the length of time that is amazing.” (Ruth Handler)


“Through their play Barbara imagined their lives as adults. They used the dolls to reflect the adult world around them. They would sit and carry on conversations, making the dolls real people.” (Ruth Handler)