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Dr. Ruth Westheimer

Popular American Sex Therapist, Known for "Sexually Speaking"

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 Dr. Ruth Westheimer Biography

Ruth Westheimer is a psychosexual therapist who pioneered speaking frankly about sexual matters on radio with her program, "Sexually Speaking." It began in September of 1980 as a 15 minute, taped show that aired Sundays after midnight on WYNY-FM (NBC) in New York. One year later it became a live, one-hour show airing at 10 PM on which Dr. Ruth, as she became known, answered call-in questions from listeners. Soon it became part of a communications network to distribute Dr. Westheimer's expertise which has included television, books, newspapers, games, home video, computer software and her own website.

Born in Germany in 1928, Dr. Westheimer was sent to a children's home in Switzerland at the age of ten which became an orphanage for most of the German Jewish students who'd been sent there to escape the Holocaust. At 17, she went to Israel where she fought for that country's independence as a member of the Haganah, the Jewish freedom fighters. She then moved to Paris where she studied at the Sorbonne and taught kindergarten. She immigrated to the U.S. in 1956 where she obtained her Masters Degree in Sociology from the Graduate Faculty of the New School of Social Research. In 1970, she received a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in the Interdisciplinary Study of the Family from Columbia University Teacher's College.

She worked for Planned Parenthood for a time, and it was that experience that prompted her to further her education in human sexuality by studying under Dr. Helen Singer Kaplan at New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center. She later participated in the program for five years as an Adjunct Associate Professor. She has also taught at Lehman College, Brooklyn College, Adelphi University, Columbia University and West Point.

During her early days as a college professor, Dr. Westheimer never envisaged that one day she would be making such wide use of the mass media to help spread what she has labeled "sexual literacy." However, with her unique style, she has been able to communicate effectively through almost every avenue available. In addition to radio, her television career has spanned both broadcast and cable. Her first TV show aired locally in New York but she soon went national on Lifetime's "The Dr. Ruth Show." "Ask Dr. Ruth" was syndicated both nationally and internationally by King Features Entertainment so that she became a regular in such places as London and Hong Kong as well as America. "The All New Dr. Ruth Show" brought her back to Lifetime and with "What's Up, Dr. Ruth" she helped broaden Lifetime's appeal with teens. "You're On The Air with Dr. Ruth" brought her back to the format she began with on television with both guests and live phone calls. In the Fall of 1992 she reached out to adult Americans with "Never Too Late," which was broadcast on Nostalgia Television. More recently, she has been reaching the younger set teaching puppets how to read long words on the PBS series, "Between The Lions." In 2007, she began a series of regular visits to Retirement Living TV, a new cable station, which continued in 2008 and also had a show on MTV U, a station that is broadcast to 750 college campuses and is also on the web.

Her first video was entitled "Terrific Sex" and she later did two more for Playboy. In the Fall of 1993, Dr. Ruth had her own weekly series in Hebrew on Israeli television as well as a five minute weekly "strip" on Great Britain's "This Morning" program. Her other foreign ventures have included spots on Radio Television Luxembourg, German Swiss Television and France's TF-1. In 1991, she donned the title of Executive Producer for a documentary on Ethiopian Jews titled "Surviving Salvation." Filmed by the Academy Award winning Malcolm Clarke, the documentary aired nationally on PBS. Her second documentary, entitled "No Missing Link," also received national airing on PBS in 2002 and was about how grandparents have transmitted values, particularly religious values during the 70 years of communism in Russia. She followed that up with "The Olive and The Tree: The Secret Strength of the Druze," which aired nationally on PBS stations in early 2007. This program was accompanied by a book of the same name. Her latest documentary, "Shifting Sands: Bedouin Women at the Crossroads" has aired on WNET in NY and also has an accompanying book.

In print she circles the globe with her column, "Ask Dr. Ruth," syndicated by King Features. She is the author of thirty-five books, and counting. There were also Dr. Ruth's Good Sex Night-to-Night Calendar (1993 & 1994) and a board game, Dr. Ruth's Game of Good Sex, which Victory Games released in a version for computers. Unrelated to her vocation was her part in the French film by Daniel Vigne, "One Woman or Two," which starred Gerard Depardieu and Sigourney Weaver and in which she played the part of a wealthy philanthropist. She also starred in a pilot for ABC titled" Dr. Ruth's House" and appeared in an episode of "Quantum Leap." She's been featured on TV commercials for Clairol Herbal Essence, Honda, Pepsi, Entenmann's and many other products. She also narrated two children's stories, Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears, on a CD entitled "Timeless Tales And Music Of Our Time," a project by An die Musik (Oboe, String trio & Piano) for Newport Classics records which received a Grammy nomination (2002).

She is currently serving as the Honorary President of the Council on Sexuality and Aging at the National Sexuality Resource Center. The National Mother's Day Committee has honored Dr. Ruth as "Mother Of The Year," she received a Liberty Medal from the City of New York and the Israel Cultural Award from Israel Bonds. She has been nominated for an Ace Award by the cable industry on five occasions and her program, "The All New Dr. Ruth Show" won an Ace Award in 1988 for excellence in cable television. "What's Up, Dr. Ruth" was awarded the Gold Medal from the International Film and TV Festival for excellence in educational television. People Magazine included her in their list of the Most Intriguing People of the Century. In May of 2000, she received an Honorary Doctorate from Hebrew Union College -- Institute of Religion for her work in Human Sexuality and her commitment to the Jewish People, Israel and Religion. In June, 2001 she received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from CUNY's Lehman College. In 2002 she received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the International Society for Sexual and Impotence Research 20th Anniversary Award and the Leo Baeck Medal. In June, 2004 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. In June of 2006, Columbia University's Teacher's College awarded her their Medal For Distinguished Services. She is a board member of the YMHA of Washington Heights, where she served as president for eleven years, as well as the Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Dr. Westheimer has two children, four grandchildren and resides in New York City.

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The Doctor Is In: Dr. Ruth on Love, Life, and Joie de Vivre

The Doctor Is In: Dr. Ruth on Love, Life, and Joie de Vivre

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  • Sexually Speaking

  • The Value of Family

  • An Evening with Dr. Ruth

  • Sex and Morality: Who Is Teaching Our Sex Standards

  • Human Sexuality: A Psychosocial Perspective

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Dr. Ruth Westheimer

Popular American Sex Therapist, Known for "Sexually Speaking"

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Dr. Ruth Westheimer Biography

Ruth Westheimer is a psychosexual therapist who pioneered speaking frankly about sexual matters on radio with her program, "Sexually Speaking." It began in September of 1980 as a 15 minute, taped show that aired Sundays after midnight on WYNY-FM (NBC) in New York. One year later it became a live, one-hour show airing at 10 PM on which Dr. Ruth, as she became known, answered call-in questions from listeners. Soon it became part of a communications network to distribute Dr. Westheimer's expertise which has included television, books, newspapers, games, home video, computer software and her own website.

Born in Germany in 1928, Dr. Westheimer was sent to a children's home in Switzerland at the age of ten which became an orphanage for most of the German Jewish students who'd been sent there to escape the Holocaust. At 17, she went to Israel where she fought for that country's independence as a member of the Haganah, the Jewish freedom fighters. She then moved to Paris where she studied at the Sorbonne and taught kindergarten. She immigrated to the U.S. in 1956 where she obtained her Masters Degree in Sociology from the Graduate Faculty of the New School of Social Research. In 1970, she received a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in the Interdisciplinary Study of the Family from Columbia University Teacher's College.

She worked for Planned Parenthood for a time, and it was that experience that prompted her to further her education in human sexuality by studying under Dr. Helen Singer Kaplan at New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center. She later participated in the program for five years as an Adjunct Associate Professor. She has also taught at Lehman College, Brooklyn College, Adelphi University, Columbia University and West Point.

During her early days as a college professor, Dr. Westheimer never envisaged that one day she would be making such wide use of the mass media to help spread what she has labeled "sexual literacy." However, with her unique style, she has been able to communicate effectively through almost every avenue available. In addition to radio, her television career has spanned both broadcast and cable. Her first TV show aired locally in New York but she soon went national on Lifetime's "The Dr. Ruth Show." "Ask Dr. Ruth" was syndicated both nationally and internationally by King Features Entertainment so that she became a regular in such places as London and Hong Kong as well as America. "The All New Dr. Ruth Show" brought her back to Lifetime and with "What's Up, Dr. Ruth" she helped broaden Lifetime's appeal with teens. "You're On The Air with Dr. Ruth" brought her back to the format she began with on television with both guests and live phone calls. In the Fall of 1992 she reached out to adult Americans with "Never Too Late," which was broadcast on Nostalgia Television. More recently, she has been reaching the younger set teaching puppets how to read long words on the PBS series, "Between The Lions." In 2007, she began a series of regular visits to Retirement Living TV, a new cable station, which continued in 2008 and also had a show on MTV U, a station that is broadcast to 750 college campuses and is also on the web.

Her first video was entitled "Terrific Sex" and she later did two more for Playboy. In the Fall of 1993, Dr. Ruth had her own weekly series in Hebrew on Israeli television as well as a five minute weekly "strip" on Great Britain's "This Morning" program. Her other foreign ventures have included spots on Radio Television Luxembourg, German Swiss Television and France's TF-1. In 1991, she donned the title of Executive Producer for a documentary on Ethiopian Jews titled "Surviving Salvation." Filmed by the Academy Award winning Malcolm Clarke, the documentary aired nationally on PBS. Her second documentary, entitled "No Missing Link," also received national airing on PBS in 2002 and was about how grandparents have transmitted values, particularly religious values during the 70 years of communism in Russia. She followed that up with "The Olive and The Tree: The Secret Strength of the Druze," which aired nationally on PBS stations in early 2007. This program was accompanied by a book of the same name. Her latest documentary, "Shifting Sands: Bedouin Women at the Crossroads" has aired on WNET in NY and also has an accompanying book.

In print she circles the globe with her column, "Ask Dr. Ruth," syndicated by King Features. She is the author of thirty-five books, and counting. There were also Dr. Ruth's Good Sex Night-to-Night Calendar (1993 & 1994) and a board game, Dr. Ruth's Game of Good Sex, which Victory Games released in a version for computers. Unrelated to her vocation was her part in the French film by Daniel Vigne, "One Woman or Two," which starred Gerard Depardieu and Sigourney Weaver and in which she played the part of a wealthy philanthropist. She also starred in a pilot for ABC titled" Dr. Ruth's House" and appeared in an episode of "Quantum Leap." She's been featured on TV commercials for Clairol Herbal Essence, Honda, Pepsi, Entenmann's and many other products. She also narrated two children's stories, Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears, on a CD entitled "Timeless Tales And Music Of Our Time," a project by An die Musik (Oboe, String trio & Piano) for Newport Classics records which received a Grammy nomination (2002).

She is currently serving as the Honorary President of the Council on Sexuality and Aging at the National Sexuality Resource Center. The National Mother's Day Committee has honored Dr. Ruth as "Mother Of The Year," she received a Liberty Medal from the City of New York and the Israel Cultural Award from Israel Bonds. She has been nominated for an Ace Award by the cable industry on five occasions and her program, "The All New Dr. Ruth Show" won an Ace Award in 1988 for excellence in cable television. "What's Up, Dr. Ruth" was awarded the Gold Medal from the International Film and TV Festival for excellence in educational television. People Magazine included her in their list of the Most Intriguing People of the Century. In May of 2000, she received an Honorary Doctorate from Hebrew Union College -- Institute of Religion for her work in Human Sexuality and her commitment to the Jewish People, Israel and Religion. In June, 2001 she received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from CUNY's Lehman College. In 2002 she received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the International Society for Sexual and Impotence Research 20th Anniversary Award and the Leo Baeck Medal. In June, 2004 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. In June of 2006, Columbia University's Teacher's College awarded her their Medal For Distinguished Services. She is a board member of the YMHA of Washington Heights, where she served as president for eleven years, as well as the Museum of Jewish Heritage: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Dr. Westheimer has two children, four grandchildren and resides in New York City.

Dr. Ruth Westheimer Videos

  • Dr. Ruth Westheimer:: Hollywood's Last Survivors - YouTube
  • Life and Joie de Vivre | Dr. Ruth Westheimer | TEDxBerkshires ...
  • Dr. Ruth: "Sexually Speaking" | Talks at Google - YouTube

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Dr. Ruth Westheimer Speaking Topics

  • Sexually Speaking

  • The Value of Family

  • An Evening with Dr. Ruth

  • Sex and Morality: Who Is Teaching Our Sex Standards

  • Human Sexuality: A Psychosocial Perspective

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  • How to book Dr. Ruth Westheimer?
    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Dr. Ruth Westheimer for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Dr. Ruth Westheimer, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Dr. Ruth Westheimer or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Dr. Ruth Westheimer?
    Booking fees for Dr. Ruth Westheimer, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Dr. Ruth Westheimer, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Dr. Ruth Westheimer?
    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Dr. Ruth Westheimer for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Dr. Ruth Westheimer for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?
    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Dr. Ruth Westheimer or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Dr. Ruth Westheimer or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Dr. Ruth Westheimer is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Dr. Ruth Westheimer for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Dr. Ruth Westheimer generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Montel Williams, Carol Leifer, Mayim Bialik, Kathy Kaehler and Kathy Ireland. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Dr. Ruth Westheimer for an upcoming event.

Dr. Ruth Westheimer Speaker Videos

  • Dr. Ruth Westheimer:: Hollywood's Last Survivors - YouTube
    Life and Joie de Vivre | Dr. Ruth Westheimer | TEDxBerkshires ...
  • Dr. Ruth: "Sexually Speaking" | Talks at Google - YouTube
    Dr. Ruth Westheimer - YouTube

Dr. Ruth Westheimer Speaking Topics

  • Sexually Speaking

  • The Value of Family

  • An Evening with Dr. Ruth

  • Sex and Morality: Who Is Teaching Our Sex Standards

  • Human Sexuality: A Psychosocial Perspective

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