Helen Gurley Brown, Fun, Fearless and Iconic Cosmopolitan Editor, Dead at 90

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Helen Gurley Brown, the former editor of Cosmopolitan who retired in 1997 but remained "Editor in Chief for Cosmopolitan International" and came into her pink corner office almost every day, passed away today at age 90.


The Albany Times Union already has a good obit up chronicling her rise from Sex and the Single Girl author to Cosmopolitan EIC to legendary spokeswoman for "fun, fearless females" around the world, but here are a few other quotes:

"Helen was an inspiration, a true success story. Her energy, enthusiasm and true passion for women's issues unleashed a platform for women worldwide. She brought the subject that every woman wanted to know about but nobody talked about, to life, literally, in Cosmo's pages." - Hearst President David Carey.

"In everything that Brown has written or edited, she has promoted the message that sex is great, and that one should get as much of it as possible. (Ditto for money.) Just about everyone knows this, and has always known it, but in Brown's youth few women would admit it, even to themselves. So if, in 1963, sex did cease to be quite so clandestine a pleasure-especially for unmarried females-that was, in part, her doing." - Judith Thurman.

"Nearly every glamorous, wealthy, successful career woman you might envy now started out as some kind of schlepp." –Helen Gurley Brown.


Erin Gloria Ryan

May her tombstone be decorated with giant, neon words announcing to the world that she taught women everywhere how to have the SEXY, STEAMIEST SEX MCSEX.