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Helen Gurley Brown

Author + Editor + Publisher + Businesswoman
Born Feb 18, 1922

Helen Gurley Brown was an American author, publisher, and businesswoman. She was the editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine for 32 years.

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1922 Birth Born on February 18, 1922.


1937 15 Years Old In 1937, Brown, her sister Mary, and their mother moved to Los Angeles, California. … Read More
1941 19 Years Old After Brown's graduation, the family moved to Warm Springs, Georgia. Brown attended one semester at Texas State College for Women and then moved back to California to attend Woodbury Business College. She graduated in 1941.


1947 25 Years Old In 1947, Cleo and Mary moved to Osage, Arkansas, while Brown stayed in Los Angeles. … Read More


1959 37 Years Old In 1959 she married David Brown, who would go on to become the producer or co-producer of such classic films as The Sting, Jaws, Cocoon, Driving Miss Daisy, as well as other motion pictures.


1962 40 Years Old In 1962, when she was 40, her book Sex and the Single Girl was published. … Read More
1965 43 Years Old In 1965, she became editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan and reversed the fortunes of the failing magazine. … Read More


1997 75 Years Old In 1997, Brown was ousted from her role as the U.S. editor of Cosmopolitan and was replaced by Bonnie Fuller. … Read More
2008 86 Years Old In September, 2008, she was named the 13th most powerful American over the age of 80 by Slate magazine.
2010 88 Years Old After more than 50 years of marriage, her husband, David Brown, predeceased her at the age of 93 on February 1, 2010. … Read More
2012 91 Years Old However, she stayed on at Hearst publishing and remained the international editor for all 59 international editions of Cosmo until her death on August 13, 2012.
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