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Doctor Ruth Westheimer

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BIRTHDAY: August 30, 1928

With her call-in radio show "Sexually Speaking," Dr. Ruth Westheimer pioneered the field of Media Psychology. Before "Dr. Ruth," as she was affectionately termed, people's personal sexuality was not discussed so blatantly on the radio. Her basic premise of enjoying sex while making sure it was safe for all participants made her and her radio show, "The Dr. Ruth Show," famous across the United States and beyond.

Born in Germany in 1928, Dr. Westheimer attended an orphanage in Switzerland for German Jews. At 16 she fought in Israel for Israel's independence. She studied psychology at the Sorbonne in Paris and started her radio show with a 15-minute taped segment in 1980, when she was 52. The show can now be heard across the country.

Bravo, Dr. Ruth.


  • The National Mother's Day Committee has honored Dr. Ruth as "Mother of the Year"
  • Twice named "College Lecturer of the Year"
  • Medal of Sexology
  • New York City's Liberty Medal
  • Her television programs have won the Ace Award and the Gold Medal from the International Film and TV Festival
"Remember, just because you are a parent doesn't mean you can't enjoy terrific sex."

All in a Lifetime, Dr. Ruth Westheimer
The Art of Arousal, Ruth Westheimer
Dr. Ruth's Encyclopedia of Sex, Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer (Editor)
Dr. Ruth's Guide for Married Lovers, Dr. Ruth Westheimer
Dr. Ruth's Guide to Safer Sex, Ruth Westheimer
Dr. Ruth Talks to Kids, Ruth Westheimer




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