Barbie Talks!: An Expose' of the First Talking Barbie Doll: The Humorous and Poignant Adventures of Two Former Mattel Toy Designers

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The inside story of how Barbie(r) got her voice.

Barbie(r) Talks! is a freewheeling account of life at Mattel during the Golden Age of the sixties and early seventies. This is the first book written by two toy designers who actually worked in the wonderful, top-secret circus of Mattel's Research and Design.

Barbie(r) Talks! relates the genius, the hilarity and the craziness...
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Overview

The inside story of how Barbie(r) got her voice.

Barbie(r) Talks! is a freewheeling account of life at Mattel during the Golden Age of the sixties and early seventies. This is the first book written by two toy designers who actually worked in the wonderful, top-secret circus of Mattel's Research and Design.

Barbie(r) Talks! relates the genius, the hilarity and the craziness that Gwen Florea and Glenda Phinney encountered in the workplace and their roles in making Talking Barbie(r) a reality. In their well-written intersecting personal memoirs, the authors reveal the inside story of how Barbie(r) got her voice, and why Barbie's(r) figure took the unrealistic shape that it did. There are both humorous and poignant stories about the antics of the toy designers and executives of Mattel. These historical events are interwoven with an honest and very readable account of the loves, marriages, and the blindly sexist business world, which triggered development of a feminine consciousness in each woman.

What do Barbie(r) dolls do when they grow up? They have amazing lives and achieve their goals! Barbie(r) Talks! is a revealing account of two women who came of age in the shadow of Barbie(r), and reveals a lie to the notion that Barbie(r) was a poor influence for young women.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595133413
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/13/2001
  • Pages: 443
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Actress or Toy Designer-Make up Your Mind 3
Chapter 2 Glenda Phinney-Beauty Queen Goes South 21
Chapter 3 The Man at My Door Has His Own Key 29
Chapter 4 Tom & Jerry 41
Chapter 5 Crazy Recording Session 55
Chapter 6 No Credit for Being Female 65
Chapter 7 Christmas Surprise...I'm Fired??? 73
Chapter 8 Echoes of History 81
Chapter 9 Magic or Mayhem 99
Chapter 10 Svengali Strikes 113
Chapter 11 The Monkees-Bouncing Off the Walls 119
Chapter 12 Not Without Reservations 139
Chapter 13 Old Boyfriends 153
Chapter 14 The Great Director 159
Chapter 15 The Hottest Thing in Jesus Christ, Texas 185
Chapter 16 Trick or Treat 195
Chapter 17 Rex Harrison 221
Chapter 18 Breast Implants? Why for Heavens Sake? 249
Chapter 19 Wow-What a Birthday Gift! 257
Chapter 20 Married? 279
Chapter 21 Barbie Talks-the Real Scoop 299
Chapter 22 Star Trek 323
Chapter 23 The Gambler 333
Chapter 24 Soldier Boy 341
Chapter 25 Wild Parties 349
Chapter 26 Ruth Handler, Breast Cancer Survivor 363
Chapter 27 Beach Bum 371
Chapter 28 Golden Roses in Her Hair 377
Chapter 29 Management Style 389
Chapter 30 The Young Tigers 403
Epilogue 417
Afterword 441
About the Authors 445
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  • Posted July 23, 2012

    Title is Misleading

    Not what I expected, very little about talking Barbie, or Mattel, mostly a story about two women who worked for Mattel and a lot about their personal lives and relationships. It's a story that could be told by most working women, I was disappointed, glad I only paid $3.99. I did not find the story to be interesting, and would not recommond this book.

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