BARBIE CREATOR DIES
Ruth Handler, who created Barbie, the planet's most popular and controversial doll, died Saturday in Los Angeles of complications from colon surgery. She was 85. "My whole philosophy of Barbie was that through the doll, the little girl could be anything she wanted to be," Handler wrote in a 1994 autobiography. "Barbie always represented the fact that a woman has choices." More than 1 billion Barbie dolls have been sold since being introduced in 1959.