On behalf of the many folks who got bilked by her husband, it's legit to doubt Ruth Madoff's claim that she and Bernie attempted suicide. It's the part about saying they used Ambien but not being able to say how many pills they took, and how they just woke up in the morning, and then - in the interview - how she smiled after recounting the story, recalling how happy she was to wake up and be alive.Sort of like the way his clients felt after waking up to realize all their money was gone. This is not an attempted-suicide story, it's a sympathy-grab story that doesn't play. Ruth, some unsolicited advice: best to stay off the grid.
The only sympathetic portrayal of Ruth Madoff was Lily Tomlin's on "Damages" last season. Tomlin gave her nuance and pathos. She's not able to do that for herself.