Monday, August 13, 2012

Helen Gurley Brown

1922 – 2012

Helen Gurley Brown, one of the most influential magazine editors in the world, died today at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. She was 90.

Helen Gurley Brown was an author, a publisher, a businesswoman, and a wife to movie producer David Brown for over 50 years. She wrote the 1962 bestseller, Sex and the Single Girl, which came out a year before The Feminine Mystique. She was the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine for more than three decades. During her time overseeing the magazine, she turned it around and Cosmo's circulation soared to 3 million from less than 800,00. When I was a young editorial assistant at Hearst, it was a thrill just to see Mrs. Brown coming and going from her office on West 57th Street. She was the quintessential magazine editor, career woman and New Yorker. She was the real deal.