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Farewell to Legendary Cosmo Editor Helen Gurley Brown

By August 13, 2012

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Helen Gurley Brown

Whether you love, hate, or are indifferent to Cosmopolitan magazine and its emphasis on the sexual power of women, it shook up the sedate world of women's magazines back in 1965 when Helen Gurley Brown took over, "giving it its sexually frank tone" as the New York Times describes it.

Brown died today in New York City at the age of 90. The NY Times has details on the breaking news, and I'm sure tributes to her will be published as the news of her death spreads.

Photo of Helen Gurley Brown in 1979 Hulton Archive/Getty Images


August 15, 2012 at 10:24 am
(1) Jenn L says:

It is truly the end of an era with the death of Helen Gurley Brown. She reminds me of my aunt, who went into NYC to work without the college education, etc. and landed a job as an assistant buyer for a large hotel chain. The job lasted longer than her second marriage. In one of the photos of HGB from the 1960′s, she reminded me of my aunt – except my aunt was better looking. In the 1960′s I was in my early 20′s and working in NYC as well. I did not marry until age 31 when most of my contemporaries were home raising children. I was certainly no HGB and never aspired to that, but I did enjoy working in NYC and never regretted not marrying until I was over 30. I had my own mind and that helped when I raised a child with severe disabilities. I will always be my son’s advocate, but I could do it better in my 30′s rather than a young woman just out of school. Thank you HGB you left a legacy for women everywhere even if we did not meet your standards/

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