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Helen Gurley Brown, longtime editor of Cosmopolitan magazine and bestselling author, died Aug. 13, 2012, in New York after a brief hospitalization. She was 90. (Nov. 2, 1964)

Helen Gurley Brown: Fashion icon through the years

Helen Gurley Brown, the longtime editor of Cosmopolitan magazine who invited millions of women to join the sexual revolution, has died. She was 90.

Helen Gurley Brown, longtime editor of Cosmopolitan magazine
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Helen Gurley Brown, longtime editor of Cosmopolitan magazine and bestselling author, died Aug. 13, 2012, in New York after a brief hospitalization. She was 90. (Nov. 2, 1964)

Helen Gurley Brown, author of
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Helen Gurley Brown, author of "Sex and the Single Girl," relaxes and works in her Park Avenue Apartment. (Jan. 23, 1965)

Longtime Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown was married
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Longtime Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown was married to David Brown, a former Cosmopolitan managing editor turned movie producer. He encouraged her to write a book, and suggested the title, “Sex and the Single Girl,” which became a bestseller in 1962. (May 3, 1979)

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Helen Gurley Brown was hired in 1965
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Helen Gurley Brown was hired in 1965 by Hearst Magazines to turn around the languishing Cosmopolitan, and she used it as her bully pulpit for the next 32 years. (Sept. 20, 1982)

This 1990 file photo shows Cosmopolitan magazine editor
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This 1990 file photo shows Cosmopolitan magazine editor Helen Gurley Brown in her Manhattan office. “It was a terrific magazine,” she said, looking back when she surrendered the editorship of the U.S. edition in 1997. “I would want my legacy to be, ‘She created something that helped people.’ My reader, I always felt, was someone who needed to come into her own.”

Helen Gurley Brown holds an issue of the
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Helen Gurley Brown holds an issue of the magazine before a ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria where she was honored with the Henry Johnson Fisher Award for lifetime achievement in the magazine industry. (Jan. 24, 1996)

Helen Gurley Brown, with her husband, movie producer
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Helen Gurley Brown, with her husband, movie producer David Brown. (Jan. 24, 1996)

Helen Gurley Brown promotes her book
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Helen Gurley Brown promotes her book "I''m Wild Again" at Barnes & Noble in Manhattan. (Feb. 18, 2000)

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Helen Gurley Brown attends the Broadway opening of
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Helen Gurley Brown attends the Broadway opening of "Sly Fox" at The Barrymore Theatre in Manhattan. (Apr. 1, 2004)

Helen Gurley Brown attends the Broadway opening of
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Helen Gurley Brown attends the Broadway opening of "Sly Fox" at The Barrymore Theatre Manhattan. (Apr. 1, 2004)

Helen Gurley Brown attends the Emilio Pucci Fifth
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Helen Gurley Brown attends the Emilio Pucci Fifth Avenue store opening celebration in Manhattan. (Sept. 7, 2004)

Helen Gurley Brown and her husband David Brown
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Helen Gurley Brown and her husband David Brown attend the "Sirio: The Story of My Life and Le Cirque" Book Party in Manhattan. (June 15, 2004)

From her splashy, finger-on-the-pulse
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From her splashy, finger-on-the-pulse "Sex and the Single Girl" in the early 1960s to her 30-year tenure editing Cosmopolitan, Helen Gurley Brown made a substantial mark on the women's movement and the publishing world.

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Helen Gurley Brown attends an auction of photographer
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Helen Gurley Brown attends an auction of photographer Francesco Scavullo's work benefiting Fountain House at Sotheby's in Manhattan. (Apr. 4, 2006)

Helen Gurley Brown attends an auction of photographer
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Helen Gurley Brown attends an auction of photographer Francesco Scavullo's work benefiting Fountain House at Sotheby's in Manhattan. (Apr. 4, 2006)

Helen Gurley Brown attends the opening reception for
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Helen Gurley Brown attends the opening reception for the Israeli Film Festival at the Directors Guild of America headquarters in Manhattan. (Feb. 23, 2006)

Helen Gurley Brown attends the 27th annual Evening
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Helen Gurley Brown attends the 27th annual Evening of Readings Pre-Gala kick-off at Michael's Restaurant in Manhattan. (March 14, 2011)

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