Author and Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown has died after a long and eventful life that followed her own advice: “Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.”
Her career took off in 1962 when she published Sex and the Single Girl. She went on to become editor of Cosmo in 1965, helping the magazine grow into 64 international editions over the course of her career. The magazine is now published in 35 languages and over 100 countries. Here’s more about her writing career:
On the bestseller lists for more than a year, Sex and the Single Girl has been published in 28 countries and translated into 16 languages. The book encouraged young women to enjoy being single, find fulfillment in work and non-marital relationships with men, and take pleasure in sex … Warner Bros. bought the film rights to Sex and the Single Girl for what was then the highest price ever paid for a non-fiction title. The 1964 film starred Natalie Wood, Tony Curtis, Lauren Bacall and Henry Fonda.