Author, Publisher, and Magazine Journalist. She is probably best known for her best selling book, "Sex and the Single Girl" (1962), which was made into a movie in 1964. She was also the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan Magazine for 32 years, from 1965 to 1997. Her work played an important part in the 1960s sexual revolution and she was often an outspoken advocate of women's sexual freedom. She went on to write other books including "Sex and the Office" (1965), "Outrageous Opinions of Helen Gurley Brown" (1967), "Helen Gurley Brown's Single Girl's Cookbook" (1969), "Sex and the New Single Girl" (1970), "Having It All" (1982), "The Late Show: A Semi Wild but Practical Guide for Women Over 50" (1993), and "I'm Wild Again: Snippets from My Life and a Few Brazen Thoughts" (2000). She was named one of the 25 most influential women in the US five times by the World Almanac. In 1985, she was presented with a Matrix Award by New York Women in Communications for her exemplary contributions to magazine journalism, and in 1988 she was inducted into the Publisher's Hall of Fame. In 1995, she was the first woman to receive the Henry Johnson Fisher Award by the Magazine Publishers of America, their highest honor, and in 1996 she received the American Society of Magazine Editor's Hall of Fame Award. She was married for over 50 years to renowned motion picture producer David Brown, who died in 2010.
Bio by: William Bjornstad
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