Fri, March 13, 2009

Barbie turns 50

Ultimate career woman

There's more to Barbie than really awesome hair. Over 50 years, she's held 108 jobs, from astronaut to Olympian. Full story

BACKGROUND

About Barbie

The doll made its debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York on March 9, 1959. This date is also used as Barbie's official birthday.

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Barbie doll's 50th birthday celebrated in New York

2009-03-09 06:38:11 GMT Xinhua English Barbie celebrates her 50th birthday on March 9, 2009.

Barbie's 50th birthday

2009-03-08 07:22:46 GMT Xinhua English An exhibition of Barbie dolls is held at the pret-a-porter Paris Fair in Paris, France, March 7, 2009. Fifty designers from all over the world created 50 pieces of dresses and accessories for Barbie doll which debuted on March 9, 1959, to celebrate her 50th birthday.

Mattel to launch Barbie flagship store in Shanghai amid global sales downturn

2009-02-20 05:45:36 GMT Xinhua English SHANGHAI, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- World's premier toy company Mattel is expected to open its first Barbie flagship store in Shanghai next month in Shanghai, the country's economic hub, in hope of a market expansion in China when its global sales contracted.

50-year-old Barbie makes catwalk debut in New York

2009-02-16 07:52:15 GMT Xinhua English A model presents a creation by designer Brian Reyes during a fashion show celebrating Barbie's 50th anniversary during New York Fashion Week in New York, February 14, 2009.

Fashion show celebrates Barbie's 50th anniversary

2009-02-15 08:01:45 GMT Xinhua English Models presents creations by designers during a fashion show celebrating Barbie's 50th anniversary during New York Fashion Week in New York, February 14, 2009.

Barbie at 50: 29-cm plastic with 108 jobs

2009-02-06 06:53:45 GMT SINA.com She doesn't have a streak of grey hair, her breasts remain unnaturally perky, and she has endless outfits - but Barbie is feeling miserable ahead of her 50th birthday.

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Barbie is 50

2009-03-09 04:40:41 GMT Reuters INTRO: Barbie celebrates her fiftieth birthday in style.

Barbie turns 50 and gets makeover

2009-02-05 08:02:11 GMT Reuters Toy manufacturer Mattel unveils its latest Barbie at the Nuremberg Toy Fair as the celebrations marking the doll's 50th birthday begin.

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About Barbie

2009-03-12 08:07:45 GMT SINA.com Biography

Why does Barbie obsession live on?

2009-03-12 07:18:53 GMT Forbes Barbie, among the most controversial 11.5 inches of plastic ever to hit the toy market, turns 50 this year. Many women that age would consider themselves lucky to remain such objects of desire. But why, in this era of digital games, educational toys and over-involved parents, does our collective fascination with Barbie linger on?

Syrian Barbie

2009-03-12 07:12:39 GMT Forbes Fulla can accessorize with hundreds of head scarves, but don't expect any bikinis or boyfriends.

Barbie speaks

2009-03-12 07:05:49 GMT Forbes An interview with the world's most famous doll.

You always hurt ones you love

2009-03-12 06:56:16 GMT Forbes Why do girls mutilate their Barbie dolls?

Fifty ain't nifty

2009-03-12 06:40:41 GMT Forbes Barbie's big birthday may not be enough to push Mattel into positive territory.