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Barbie's Creator Was a "Sexual Pervert"

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A new book reveals shocking secrets about Barbie designer Jack Ryan.

Barbie and Ken

In "Toy Monster: The Big, Bad World of Mattel," many behind-the-scenes secrets about Barbie's creators are revealed. Apparently Jack Ryan, Barbie's designer, was a "full-blown seventies-style swinger" with "a manic need for sexual gratification." At one time, the Yale-educated Ryan was married to Zsa Zsa Gabor -- he surrounded himself with busty blondes.

His friend Stephen Gnass told the author: "When Jack talked about creating Barbie ... it was like listening to somebody talk about a sexual episode, almost like listening to a sexual pervert." Ew! Jack reportedly patronized "high-class call girls to streetwalkers," including a "very thin and child-like" hooker and "somehow rationalized that he was the only man in her life" until he was diagnosed with gonorrhea.

The book also reveals that the son of Mattel founders Ruth and Elliot Handler named the Ken doll after their own son. But the real-life Ken "grew up embarrassed and humiliated by having an anatomically incorrect boy doll named after him . . . [with] no hint of genitalia." Ouch.

Who knew Barbie and Ken had such a sordid past?

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Christina January 8, 2009, 5:09 PM

It was a woman who invented Barbie, I did a report about her back when I was in school.

Kelley January 8, 2009, 10:31 PM

You are right Christina. Wasn’t Barbie named after her daughter, Barbara?

Anonymous January 9, 2009, 3:00 PM

Ruth Handler came up with the concept of Barbie; Jack Ryan was an engineer that helped her design the actual doll.

Anonymous January 14, 2009, 4:57 PM

who cares the story was funny anyways.

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