Featured 1970s dolls (from top to bottom, left to right): 1972 Walk Lively Barbie, 1971 Malibu Barbie, 1973 Quick Curl Barbie, 1977 Superstar Barbie, 1971 Live Action Barbie, 1972 Busy Barbie & Ken, 1976 Malibu Barbie & Ken (in the Sun 'n Fun Buggy), 1975 Free Moving Barbie (in the Barbie's Friend Ship), 1973 Mod Hair Ken, 1971 Live Action Ken, 1977 Superstar Christie, and 1977 Superstar Barbie.
A Barbie Collection in Portraits
All dolls are from the collection of David Mansour.
Photos are the copyright of ©David James Mansour and ©Behold the Valley of the Dolls.
"Barbie 1970s" text is an excerpt from Behold the Valley of the Dolls: A Barbie Collection in Portraits
by David James Mansour
Purportedly, kids of the 1970s had the shortest of attention spans caused by too much rapid-paced TV and needed the kind of doll that did more than just stand around looking pretty. Besides having a great wardrobe, Barbie needed to actively do things. And now she could…walk, wave, dance, hold objects, play tennis…she’s a busy, busy Barbie! In 1971, Barbie and friends embody the sun-and-surf loving California lifestyle (and are associated with the Golden State forever) with the best-selling Malibu Barbie line. Barbie’s dazzling Superstar era begins in 1977 when she gets a major makeover, based loosely on the appearance of golden girl Farrah Fawcett-Majors. Superstar Barbie is more beautiful than ever with a wide dimpled smile, flowing sun-streaked blonde hair, and permanently bent arms. Ken is given a new makeover too. He now has “movie star looks,” ideal for escorting his Superstar sweetie to the hottest Hollywood parties. Their new look will characterize both well into the 1990s.