PE0240. Dr. Ruth Westheimer narrates 'Little Red Riding Hood', 'Goldilocks' & 'The Three Bears' - set to music by Bruce Adolphe. Newport Classic 85667, recorded 1998. - 032466566721
“Ruth Westheimer is an American sex therapist, media personality, and 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’. Dr. Ruth is writing a book called THE SCROOGE DEFECT. Its thesis is that ‘people who are uptight about money probably can’t be good lovers, because they’re not generous’, she said.
In 1950 [after having resided in Switzerland and the British Mandate of Palestine] Westheimer moved to France where she studied and then taught psychology at the University of Paris. In 1956, she immigrated to the United States, settling in Washington Heights, Manhattan. She still lives in the ‘cluttered three-bedroom apartment in Washington Heights where she raised her two children and became famous, in that order’."
- Joanne Kaufman, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 29 Nov., 2013