December 1, 2015


Reese Witherspoon May Star in Biopic of Barbie Creator

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Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Move over, Joy. With David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence’s biopic of Miracle Mop creator Joy Mangano set for a Christmas release, word’s out that Reese Witherspoon is making a movie about the early days of Barbie.

Witherspoon is developing the film via her production company, Pacific Standard, and “potentially starring” in it as well. It’s an adaptation of Barbie and Ruth: The Story of the World’s Most Famous Doll and the Woman Who Created Her, a 2010 nonfiction book by Robin Gerber.

Handler and her husband Elliot were co-founders of the Mattell Company. Variety writes that she created the Barbie in 1959 "after seeing her daughter, Barbara, playing with paper dolls modeled after infants." Handler went on to name Ken after her own son. She died of cancer in 2002; beforehand, she started, per Amazon, "a second company, Nearly Me, producing prosthetics designed for women who had undergone mastectomies—just like her."

More than enough for an amazing biopic. Especially if we get Reese in that lead slot. Wild was awesome.