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|First appearance||March 9, 1959|
|Created by||Ruth Handler|
|Occupation||See: Barbie's careers|
|Family||See: List of Barbie's friends and family|
Barbie is the figurehead of a brand of Mattel dolls and accessories, including other family members and collectible dolls. Barbie has been an important part of the toy fashion doll market for fifty years, and has been the subject of numerous controversies and lawsuits, often involving parody of the doll and her lifestyle.