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Dr Ruth Westheimer

Dr Ruth Westheimer

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First broadcast: Sun 16 Sep 1990

Academic, Sex therapist , Broadcaster

The castaway in this week's Desert Island Discs is sex therapist Dr Ruth Westheimer.

Born in Germany in the late 1920s, her Jewish family sent her out of the country as the Nazis rose to power. Sent to the safe but lonely confines of a Swiss orphanage, she was never to see her family again. Then, after living in Israel and studying in Paris, she eventually took American citizenship. Then, 10 years ago, she emerged from obscurity to become a national celebrity. As an unemployed college lecturer in her early 50s, her appearances on radio and television, where she handed out explicit but common-sense advice on sex and its problems, brought her fame and fortune. She'll be talking to Sue Lawley about her early life, her adventures in Paris and Israel and the satisfactions of her present job.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Choices

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

1.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Serenade No. 13 in G major 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians

2.

Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians

Auld Lang Syne

Performer: Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians

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Ludwig van Beethoven

3.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No. 9 in D minor 'Choral'

Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven

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Mouloudji

4.

Mouloudji

Comme Un Petit Coquelicot

Performer: Mouloudji

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Franz Schubert

5.

Franz Schubert

Symphony No. 8 in B minor 'Unfinished'

Composer: Franz Schubert

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

6.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja (from The Magic Flute)

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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Geula Gill

7.

Geula Gill

Jerusalem Of Gold

Performer: Geula Gill

Joel Westheimer

8.

Castaway's favourite

Joel Westheimer

There Was A Time - PRIVATE TAPE

Performer: Joel Westheimer

Book

Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

Large box of marrons glaces

Others who chose a similar luxury

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