Helen Gurley Brown, RIP

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Helen Gurley Brown, who taught "mouseburgers" how to become "Cosmo girls," has died.

She was the original Carrie Bradshaw, a lady intent on telling the single gal how to get everything out of life--including lots of meaningful sex with desirable men.

(Well, people just didn't talk about same-sex stuff back then.)

I interviewed Helen for Vanity Fair in the '80s and she was delightful, smart, and charming.

What's more, she said hello every time after that, and was always available for a laugh or some insight.

I also wrote for her magazine and used to love the setup:

You'd go into the Managing Editor's office and come upon a mass of file cabinets you were asked to look through.

You'd pull out the file cabinet drawers, one at a time, and look through the hundreds of index cards, which had a multiplicity of story ideas typed on them.

Ideas about culture, entertainment, society, and mores.

You'd find one that appealed to you, and voila--that was your assignment.

It seemed like a bizarre system, but like the Cosmo girl herself, it was efficient and totally worked.

Bye, Helen.

You put on quite a Gurley show.

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vava5815
vava5815

Just out of curiosity, how do lesbians and homosexuals have sexual intercourse?  I have no idea.

latenitebump
latenitebump

she made being a slut okay before madonna! thank you! ms. brown

 

good girls go to heaven. bad girls go everywhere!

 

r.i.p. girley!

Cosmodude
Cosmodude like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @latenitebump HGB had the reputation for double input penetration yrs before the  threesome became standard. Park Avenue South  would have been shocked what HGB was doing. Hey the wives were probably secretly doing it with hubby's best friends.

williamHK
williamHK

loved the movie reviews and fun features in the 60s at its peak.  A miscast (wasn't she always?) Natalie Wood doesn't capture her in the awful film "Sex & the Single Girl" - which has almost nothing to do with HGB's book.

RobertAllenFirth
RobertAllenFirth

It's too bad "Sex and the City" never featured her on one of the episodes.  Instead of all the episodes revolving around Vogue Magazine and its editors (which made sense), it would be very classy to have Carrie Bradshaw meet with HGB and write an article for Cosmo.  Or even chat with HGB at one of the many cocktail parties or openings.  Oh, well, maybe in another time, another place.  Rest in Peace.

gerryvisco
gerryvisco

They don't make editors like Helen Gurley Brown anymore. She was an original and FABULOUS. As a teenager, I devoured Cosmo for helpful tips that my mother wasn't able to articulate. Yes I'm proud to be a Cosmo girl!! 

wings2
wings2

And "the original Carrie Bradshaw" is brill.

wings2
wings2

She was a legend!!

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