Helen Gurley Brown, the legendary editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazines, died today at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. She was 90 years old.
From her 1962 bestselling book, Sex and The Single Girl, to urging women to be smart about their finances, to her decades of work behind Cosmo, Gurley Brown will be remembered among the most influential editors of all time.
“It would be hard to overstate the importance to Hearst of her success with Cosmopolitan, or the value of the friendship many of us enjoyed with her,” commented Frank Bannack, CEO of Hearst, in an announcement to colleagues. “Helen was one of the world’s most recognized magazine editors and book authors, and a true pioneer for women in journalism — and beyond.”
“Helen was an inspiration, a true success story. Her energy, enthusiasm and true passion for women’s issues unleashed a platform for women worldwide,” said David Carey, president of Hearst Magazines, in a statement. “She brought the subject that every woman wanted to know about but nobody talked about, to life, literally, in Cosmo’s pages.”
A memorial for Gurley Brown will be announced at a later date.
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