Ruth Westheimer (born June 4, 1928) is a German sex therapist, media personality.
Westheimer is the author best known as Dr. Ruth. The New York Times described her as a “Sorbonne-trained psychologist who became a kind of cultural icon in the 1980s.… She ushered in the new age of freer, franker talk about sex on radio and television—and was endlessly parodied for her limitless enthusiasm and for having an accent only a psychologist could have.”
In 2002, she received the Leo Baeck Medal for her humanitarian work promoting tolerance and social justice. In the January 2009 55th anniversary issue of Playboy, Westheimer appears as #13 in the list of the 55 most important people in sex from the past 55 years.
In October 2013 the play Becoming Dr. Ruth opened off Broadway. Actress Debra Jo Rupp played the role of Dr. Ruth. The play showcased the sex therapist’s life from fleeing the Nazis in the Kindertransport and joining the Haganah in Jerusalem as a scout and sniper, to her struggles to succeed as a single mother coming to America.