Helen Gurley Brown

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Publisher(1922–2012)
Helen Gurley Brown served as Cosmopolitan's editor-in-chief for more than 30 years.

Synopsis

American writer Helen Gurley Brown was born on February 18, 1922 in Arkansas. She came on as editor-in-chief at Hearst Corporation's Cosmopolitan magazine in the mid-1960s, a position that she held for more than 30 years. Among creating new features, Brown spurred the magazine's now-famous repuation for producing sexually overt content. Throughout her career, Brown authored several books, including 1962's Sex and the Single Girl, 1965's Sex and the Office, 1982's Having It All and her most recent work, 2000's I'm Wild Again: Snippets From My Life and a Few Brazen Thoughts. Brown died on August 13, 2012, at the age of 90, in New York City.

'Cosmopolitan'

American writer Helen Gurley Brown was born on February 18, 1922 in Arkansas. She came on as editor-in-chief at Hearst Corporation's Cosmopolitan magazine in the mid-1960s, a position that she held for more than 30 years, creating many of the magazine's signature features, including its love quiz. She also spurred the magazine's now-famous repuation for producing sexually overt content.

Throughout her career, Brown authored several books, many of which contained sexual topics, including 1962's Sex and the Single Girl, 1965's Sex and the Office, 1982's Having It All and her most recent work, 2000's I'm Wild Again: Snippets From My Life and a Few Brazen Thoughts. 

Death and Legacy

Brown died on August 13, 2012, at the age of 90, at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Colombia in New York City, following a brief hospitalization.

Shortly after receiving news of Brown's death, Frank A. Bennack Jr., CEO of Hearst Corporation, issued a statement: "Helen Gurley Brown was an icon. Her formula for honest and straightforward advice about relationships, career and beauty revolutionized the magazine industry. She lived every day of her life to the fullest and will always be remembered as the quintessential 'Cosmo girl.' She will be greatly missed."

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