At 101 years old, Ruth Gruber greeted us at The Living Gallery with perfectly placed hair, an outfit that looked like it came straight from Chanel’s very own runway and electric pink eye shadow. At 25 I still can’t manage any of these things, so I’m already feeling her hustle. This Bushwick native has made the most of a century.
Born in 1911 in Brooklyn, New York, Gruber knew very young that she wanted to be a writer. And not only did this Bushwick dreamer do just that, at 20 she became the youngest Ph.D in the world after receiving her doctorate at the University of Cologne in Germany. Gruber was able to visit with Virginia Woolf, the subject of her thesis (Virginia Woolf, people!!). She was a journalist and a photographer, writing her own feature series for the New York Herald Tribune and so many other places. You gotta hand it to her. Her motion is dope. (1)