NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Helen Gurley Brown has died at the age of 90. The editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine for more than 30 years died after a brief hospitalization at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia.
The Hearst Corporation made the announcement on Monday.
In the announcement, Hearst said Gurley Brown made Cosmo the bible for single girls everywhere.
“Helen Gurley Brown was an icon. Her formula for honest and straightforward advice about relationships, career and beauty revolutionized the magazine industry,” said Frank A. Bennack, Jr., CEO of Hearst Corporation. “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,” Bennack added.
Others at Hearst reacted to the loss on Monday.
“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. “She brought the subject that every woman wanted to know about but nobody talked about, to life, literally, in Cosmo’s pages,” Carey said.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg also reacted to Gurley Brown’s death in a statement.
“Today New York City lost a pioneer who reshaped not only the entire media industry, but the nation’s culture. She was a role model for the millions of women whose private thoughts, wonders and dreams she addressed so brilliantly in print,” Bloomberg said.
“She was a quintessential New Yorker: never afraid to speak her mind and always full of advice. She pushed boundaries and often broke them, clearing the way for younger women to follow in her path. I was honored to be her friend and know how deeply she cared about the City she called home. We will miss her, but her impact on our culture and society will live on forever,” Bloomberg said.
Gurley Brown first rose to fame with her 1962 best-selling book, “Sex and the Single Girl.” Three years after the book was released, she was hired by Hearst Magazines to run Cosmo.
She left the U.S. edition Cosmopolitan in 1997 but was named editor-in-chief for all internation editions of the magazine.
Gurley Brown won several awards over the course of her magazine publishing career. In addition, in 1986 the Hearst Corporation established a chair at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in her name and she was inducted into the Publisher’s Hall Of Fame in 1988.
Details of a planned fall memorial have not yet been announced.
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