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Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts. In a series of novels published by
Random House in the 1960s, her parents' names are given as George and Margaret Roberts
from the fictional town of Willows, Wisconsin.
Barbie attended Willows High School and fictional Manhattan International High School
in New York City, based on the real-life Stuyvesant High School. She has an on-off romantic
relationship with her beau Ken (Ken Carson), who first appeared in 1961. Like Barbie,
Ken shares his name with one of Ruth Handler's children. A news release from Mattel in
February 2004 announced that Barbie and Ken had decided to split up, but in February 2006
they were back together again.
She also holds a pilot's license, and operates commercial airliners in addition to serving
as a flight attendant. Barbie's careers are designed to show that women can take on a variety of
roles in life, and the doll has been sold with a wide range of titles including
Miss Astronaut Barbie (1965), Doctor Barbie (1988) and Nascar Barbie (1998).
Mattel has created a range of companions for Barbie, including Hispanic Teresa, Midge,
African American Christie and Steven (Christie's boyfriend). Barbie's siblings and cousins
were also created including Skipper, Tutti (Todd's twin sister), Todd (Tutti's and Stacie's twin brother),
Stacie (Todd's twin sister), Kelly, Krissy, Francie, and Jazzie.
See List of Barbie's friends and family.
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