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Sylvia
08-14-2012, 11:37 PM
New York Times obituary: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/14/business/media/helen-gurley-brown-who-gave-cosmopolitan-its-purr-is-dead-at-90.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

More obituaries:

Washington Post: Helen Gurley Brown dies; editor of Cosmo and author of ‘Sex and the Single Girl’ was 90 (http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/helen-gurley-brown-dies-editor-of-cosmo-and-author-of-sex-and-the-single-girl-was-90/2012/08/13/a6d5b3ca-d634-11df-9bad-130df46a8b42_story.html)

CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/13/us/obit-helen-gurley-brown/index.html

L.A. Times: Helen Gurley Brown leaves behind lusty, busty legacy (http://www.latimes.com/features/image/alltherage/la-ar-helen-gurley-brown-20120813,0,3205528.story)

floskate
08-15-2012, 10:29 AM
I met Helen Gurley Brown on the QE2 in 2001. She was lovely and as she enjoyed ballroom dancing, I got to talk quite a lot with her. She did have some crazy ideas though. She gave lectures while on the ship and said her secret to staying so slim as plenty of exercise and eating nothing but jelly!! It's a shame as she was way underweight, and had had too much plastic surgery and frankly looked awful. But she was a lot of fun.

RIP Helen.

Jenny
08-15-2012, 02:01 PM
Here's an interesting article (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/05/magazine/how-cosmo-conquered-the-world.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all) about the impact of Cosmo around the world, published just before Brown's death.

soxxy
08-15-2012, 02:51 PM
I met Helen Gurley Brown on the QE2 in 2001. She was lovely and as she enjoyed ballroom dancing, I got to talk quite a lot with her. She did have some crazy ideas though. She gave lectures while on the ship and said her secret to staying so slim as plenty of exercise and eating nothing but jelly!! It's a shame as she was way underweight, and had had too much plastic surgery and frankly looked awful. But she was a lot of fun.

RIP Helen.

I would have loved to have met her!

I had read that she loved ballroom dancing and was disappointed her husband had no interest in it.

I would walk by her office building on W. 57th Street and she was often in the lobby, waiting for a car or something. And I'd always smile and wave and she'd wave back. I enjoyed our waving relationship. :)

RIP Helen.

skatesindreams
08-15-2012, 04:28 PM
floskate, thanks for sharing the story.

She was an important figure because, whether you agreed with her opinions about women; and their advancement/position in the world or not, you had to consider what she said - during a time when people had a very limited view of "women's liberation".

RIP, Helen.

Simone411
08-15-2012, 05:14 PM
I remember her Cosmo days, and subscribed to the magazine in the 90's. floskate, glad you got to meet Helen. Thanks so much for sharing.

RIP, Helen Gurley Brown.

vesperholly
08-16-2012, 07:37 AM
I would walk by her office building on W. 57th Street and she was often in the lobby, waiting for a car or something. And I'd always smile and wave and she'd wave back. I enjoyed our waving relationship. :)

That's sweet :)