The recent article in the New York Times' Real Estate section about Dr. Ruth's three-bedroom apartment in Washington Heights proved her home to be exactly the sort of kooky, over-cluttered place that we'd expect from an 85-year-old, four-foot-seven woman who talks about sex for a living. But here are ten things we discovered about this amazing woman in the tour of her apartment that we weren't expecting:
- Dr. Ruth was born in Germany to Orthodox Jewish parents and was sent to a Swiss orphanage during World War II to escape the Holocaust. Her parents were killed in the Holocaust, and she eventually left the orphanage with just a washcloth and a doll -- though she ended up giving the doll to another orphan who was crying.
- She now owns two dollhouses because she says they give her the control that she didn't have when she had to leave her dollhouse in Germany. "Father, mother, babies, everybody is safe," she says. "And everybody is exactly where I put them."
- She also collects