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Legendary Editor Helen Gurley Brown Dead At 90

Mon, August 13, 2012 3:47pm EDT by Dory Larrabee 1 Comment

Helen Gurley Brown, who was the legendary Editor of ‘Cosmopolitan’ for 32 years, has died today, August 13, at the age of 90.

Her death was announced in a press release from Hearst, the owner of Cosmopolitan. Helen was a mentor to‘s Editor in Chief Bonnie Fuller.

Gurley Brown first broke out with her best-selling book Sex and the Single Girl. In July 1965, she became the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan and revolutionized the magazine and the publishing industry. She stepped down from the position in 1997 but remained in the masthead as editor in chief for Cosmopolitan International through 2012. After Helen stepped down,‘s Editor in Chief Bonnie Fuller was named the Editor in Chief of Cosmopolitan and worked closely with her.

Frank A. Bennack, Jr., CEO of Hearst Corporation, said in the statement, “Helen Gurley Brown was an icon. Her formula for honest and straightforward advice about relationships, career and beauty revolutionized the magazine industry. She lived every day of her life to the fullest and will always be remembered as the quintessential ‘Cosmo girl.’ She will be greatly missed.”

“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.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family in this difficult time.