Dr. Ruth Marathon

Dr. Ruth Westheimer was America’s most famous and beloved sex therapist in the 1980s and 1990s, a time during which, as she has noted, “talking about sex on TV was considered very daring.” In addition to hosting TV and radio programs answering viewers’ most intimate questions about sex and relationships, she was a favorite of the talk show circuit, making frequent appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and The Howard Stern Radio Show, among others.  In fact, a measure of her popularity took the form of a Johnny Carson impersonation:

Though seen less frequently on TV nowadays, Dr. Ruth lives on with her own YouTube channel featuring some of her favorite videos from past shows:

And tomorrow, June 3, starting at 9 pm ET, Dr. Ruth will celebrate her 89th birthday by hosting a live-streamed marathon,  Swiping Right With Dr. Ruth, on Shout Factory TV, Pluto TV and Love TV’s Facebook page. The event will include new Q&As about dating in the digital age, relationships, “and (of course) more intimate topics,” as well as select episodes from the original The Dr. Ruth Show, with guests including Jerry Seinfeld, Burt Reynolds, Joan Rivers, Harry Shearer, and Richard Simmons. Viewers can also participate in interactive quizzes and on social media with #DrRuth.


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A former local beat reporter and film critic, co-founder Lawrence Greenberg has more than 25 years’ experience as a writer and public relations executive.

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