Barbie's horse and first pet was named Dancer. Barbie, whose full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts, stands 11.5 inches tall. The popular doll is the figurehead of the American toy company, Mattel, Inc.
Barbie is a fashion doll created by Ruth Handler and named after her daughter, Barbara. Handler based the design on the German doll "Bild Lilli," which was a comic strip character. Barbie debuted at the American International Toy Fair on March 9, 1959, recognized as the doll's official birthday.
Barbie made history when she traveled into space in 1965, 4 years before man landed and walked on the moon.