Helen Gurley Brown, Cosmopolitan Editor, Dead at 90

Helen Gurley Brown, who gave single women across America a sense of liberation with her editorship of Cosmopolitan, has died at age 90. Ms. Brown edited the magazine from 1965 until 1997, when she was replaced by Bonnie Fuller; she reinvented the periodical as the staging-ground for a variety of women’s-lib centered around fun, sex, and flair. The venerable editor first came to prominence with her book Sex and the Single Girl and was known for her stated belief that women could “have it all”–a salvo in a debate that continues to this day. In a 2007 interview with Vanity Fair, she noted that her happiest moment was “right now. I’m married to a pussycat and still have a good job with the Hearst Corporation.” Stylish to the last, Ms. Brown noted, “I’m too old to be running around with white hair.” 

Helen Gurley Brown, <em>Cosmopolitan</em> Editor, Dead at 90