LORELAI: I feel like this is one of those moments when I should be remembering all the great times I had with my dad, you know. The time he took me shopping for a Barbie or to the circus or fishing and my mind is a complete blank.
Barbie is a fashion doll manufactured by Mattel and launched in 1959. The doll was created by Ruth Handler, based on a German doll named Bild Lilly. The doll was named after Ruth’s daughter Barbara. Mattel has sold over a billion Barbie dolls, and Barbie herself has become a cultural icon.
If Lorelai was given a Barbie as a small child, she might have received Malibu Barbie, the iconic doll of the 1970s.