As an entertainer, journalist and actress, Dear Ruthie has been a staple in Milwaukee’s LGBT community for many years.
Her advice column, Dear Ruthie, first ran in the “Wisconsin Light” newspaper in 1997, and she began making public appearances across the state shortly thereafter. Her column currently appears in “Quest” magazine as Ruthie’s Bitchin’ Kitchen. Her comedy/cooking web series, “Ruthie’s Bitchin’ Kitchen” launched in February of this year. To learn more, visit www.RuthiesBitchinKitchen.com.
Ruthie was Milwaukee’s first female impersonator to regularly appear on a weekly, network-affiliated TV program, “The Don and Bo Show.” For her efforts, Ruthie became an honorary member of the Milwaukee Press Club, and her framed autograph hangs in downtown Milwaukee’s Newsroom Pub. She briefly appeared on Season 1 and Season 2 of “America’s Got Talent” and has acted as an online spokesperson for Yahoo.com. Ruthie made her theatrical debut in 1999 and continues working with professional theater companies throughout Milwaukee. She has starred in several comedies including “Auntie Mame,” “The Women,” “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane” and most recently, “The Creature from the Black, Black Lagoon-The Musical.” She appears weekly at Hamburger Mary’s in Bay View, Wisconsin.
Realizing the large number of animal rescues across the greater Milwaukee area, Ruthie founded Ruthie’s Kennel Club in 2013 (www.RuthiesKennelClub.org). Ruthie’s Kennel Club seeks to help smaller, grassroots animal-related charities in Wisconsin achieve their financial goals, ultimately helping pets and pet-owners live more rewarding lives.