For nearly 40 years, “Dr. Ruth” Westheimer, the short, sweet old lady who could easily be confused for your average grandma, has been doling out some of the frankest sex talk out there. Now, Ask Dr. Ruth, a new documentary coming out on May 3, peeks behind the curtain at the secret life of the renowned sex therapist.
Born Karola Ruth Siegel on June 4, 1928, in Germany, the only child of Orthodox Jews was almost immediately swept into the events leading up to the Holocaust. In January 1939, Westheimer was sent to an orphanage in Switzerland by her mother and grandmother as part of the Kindertransport after her father had been taken by the Nazis. She would never see them again.
After becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1965, she briefly worked for Planned Parenthood – an experience that encouraged her to continue studying human sexuality.
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