Monday, August 13, 2012

Helen Gurley Brown... Cosmopolitan Magazines Legend Passes

Grande Dame Helen Gurley Brown passed away today at the tender age of 98.  Until this afternoon, I did not know the very 'Cosmopolitan' citified lady, who was the Editor in Chief of Cosmopolitan Magazine from 1965-1997 was actually born in Arkansas.

HGB authored the following books, dispensing advise on being single, working and having it all.

Sex and the Single Girl (1962)
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)
The Writer's Rules: The Power of Positive Prose: How to Create It and Get It Published (1998)
Dear Pussycat (2004)

Ms. Brown was definitely on the forefront of the Women's Rights, Bra-burning and 'thinking like a man'.  Long before it was popular - or carried out.  She revolutionized the thinking 'women could have it all'!  May she and her contributions - editorially and for life be long remembered.

Some of Ms. Browns' famous quotes:

So you're single. You can still have sex. You can have a great life. And if you marry, don't just sponge off a man or be the gold-medal-winning mother. Don't use men to get what you want in life - - get it for yourself.”

“Money, if it does not bring you happiness, will at least help you be miserable in comfort.”

“Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.”

“One of the paramount reasons for staying attractive is so you can have somebody to go to bed with”

“Cosmo is feminist in that we believe women are just as smart and capable as men and can achieve anything they want. But it also acknowledges that while work is important, men are, too. The Cosmo girl absolutely loves men!”

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