Helen Gurley Brown
RIP Helen. A Lady Who Speaks her Mind.
Helen Gurley Brown, one of media’s power women, passed away yesterday. If Anna Wintour is the face of Vogue, then Helen Gurley Brown was the incarnate for Cosmopolitan. The difference is Helen Gurley stepped into the game during the 60’s, radically changing how women discussed sex and career. In 1962, having published a naughty book called “Sex and the Single Girl” (picture Holly Golightly on high octane), Helen first gained notoriety as a writer and cultural leader. In 1964, a movie of the same title was released starring Natalie Wood. She eventually got… [MORE] a phone call to run the tamed Cosmopolitan in 1965. The rest is history. After 50 years of marriage, and leaving her indelible stamp on publishing history, Helen bowed out of life at 90 years old on Monday morning. We raise our glasses to Helen Gurley Brown for being a tough, strong, intelligent, sexy woman — and a true New Yorker (pre-Carrie Bradshaw). RIP Helen.
(Photo: Magazine Editor Helen at her desk 1965 by Getty Images. Author Helen Gurley Brown surrounded by men involved with her novel, Sex and the Single Girl by Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)