A revolutionary writer, Helen Gurley Brown helped change the face of modern feminism with the publication of her 1962 global smash <i>Sex and the Single Girl</i>, which became a popular Ho...
It is important to separate a creative force from his or her literary embodiments. Hunter S. Thompson is not Raul Duke, Jack Kerouac is not Sal Paradise, and Lena Dunham is not her Girls character Hannah Horvath … although, these characters have got to come from somewhere.
Dunham seems to be channeling her inner-Horvath in her development of a new book: Not That Kind of a Girl, which the New York Post deems reminiscent of the late Helen Gurley Brown’s 1962 advice book Sex and the Single Girl. With the non-fiction book, Gurley Brown took strides in applying ambition and empowerment to female bachelorhood and introduced new attitudes regarding female sexuality. You might not be able to call Gurley Brown the sole purveyor of the nation's shift in the way people viewed sex and gender, but she certainly played a role. To borrow a phrase from Hannah, she was "a voice of a generation."
And this is what Dunham herself seems to be striving to do with her new book, which she is presently shopping to publishers and is estimated to go for no less than $1 million. Following an auction on Friday, Dunham plans to meet with the five highest bidders to make the choice of who will handle the publication of Not That Kind of a Girl.
With Girls, Dunham has already staked her claim on the representation of her demographic. Dunham has already identified herself as one of today's most invaluable active young artists, helping to create and share new ideas about new things and new people in new ways. And Not That Kind of a Girl should only further these efforts. In yet another medium is Dunham bound to provoke a broadening of fans' perspectives on the themes of youth, womanhood, and life in general. With her fresh, honest, liberating take on the world, Dunham's first book should breed important ideas. She is definitely a voice of this generation, and one that needs to be heard.
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"I'm saddened by the death of Helen Gurley Brown, a dear friend, who turned Cosmopolitan into a women's version of Playboy." Publishing mogul Hugh Hefner pays tribute to the author and groundbreaking magazine editor, who died on Monday (13Aug12) at the age of 90.
The writer passed away on Monday morning (13Aug12) in New York, days after a brief hospitalisation. Her cause of death had yet to be released as WENN went to press.
Brown is famously credited with turning women's magazine Cosmopolitan into the fashion and lifestyle bible for "fun, fearless females" in the 1960s, and she held the position as editor-in-chief until 1997.
She also wrote the bestselling advice book Sex and the Single Girl in 1962, encouraging women to take control of their love lives and enjoy the pleasure of sex.
Paying tribute to Brown, Frank A. Bennack, Jr., CEO of Hearst Corporation - the company which publishes Cosmopolitan, writes, "Helen Gurley Brown was an icon. Her formula for honest and straightforward advice about relationships, career and beauty revolutionized the magazine industry.
"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."
The media world has lost one of its greats. Helen Gurley Brown, former Editor-in-chief of Cosmpolitan magazine for 32 years, passed away at the age of 90 Monday, the New York Times reports. A spokesperson for the Hearst Corporation (which publishes Cosmo) says that Brown had been briefly hospitalized at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia prior to her death.
Brown started out her career in the industry after graduating from Woodbury Business College in 1941. Her first jobs were at William Morris Agency, Music Corporation of America, and Jaffe talent agencies. She next went to Foote, Cone & Belding advertising agency, and it was there that her boss realized that Brown had a true talent for writing. By 1962, Brown's best selling book, Sex and the Single Girl, was published — and in 1965, she took over the role of Editor-in-chief of Cosmo. It's because of her that the magazine's failing sales quickly turned around and became profitable again. When she left Cosmo in 1997, it was ranked number six on the newsstands.
Throughout her career, Brown worked with the likes of many celebrities. In 1972, Cosmo ran a near-nude piece of Burt Reynolds, which caused a lot of controversy at the time. The magazine also had feature pieces on Jack Nicholson and Aurore Clement.
But despite the risque features, Brown's work played a major role in what is often referred to as the sexual revolution. And her talents will be truly missed throughout the industry.
“It would be hard to overstate the importance to Hearst of her success with Cosmopolitan, or the value of the friendship many of us enjoyed with her," the Hearst Corporation says in a statement. "Helen was one of the world’s most recognized magazine editors and book authors, and a true pioneer for women in journalism — and beyond.”
Cosmopolitan's Twitter account posted the following message regarding Brown's passing: "We're very sad to report that legendary Cosmo editor Helen Gurley Brown passed away. She revolutionized the mag & empowered women worldwide."
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Brown passed away at his home in New York City on Sunday (31Jan10) following a prolonged battle with ill health.
The movie mogul's long running career began in the 1950s, when he was credited with discovering the script for 1956 movie Love Me Tender, which brought music legend Elvis Presley to the big screen for the first time.
Brown went on to form a successful producing partnership with his longtime colleague Richard D. Zanuck. Their company launched in the 1970s with two of Spielberg's early films - The Sugarland Express in 1974 and Jaws in 1975.
Brown formed his own production company, The Manhattan Project Ltd, in 1988 and went on to secure success with movie hits including A Few Good Men, Deep Impact, Angela's Ashes and Road to Perdition.
He also produced numerous Broadway musicals including Sweet Smell of Success: The Musical and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
The 93 year old, along with Zanuck, was awarded the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1990.
Brown is survived by his wife, longtime editor of America's Cosmopolitan magazine, Helen Gurley Brown.
A revolutionary writer, Helen Gurley Brown helped change the face of modern feminism with the publication of her 1962 global smash <i>Sex and the Single Girl</i>, which became a popular Hollywood film. Married to Oscar-nominated producer David Brown, she achieved iconic status as the editor of <i>Cosmopolitan</i>, who turned the once housewifely publication into a clarion call for independent, sexually adventurous women who would dub themselves "<i>Cosmo</i> Girls." Although some feminists rankled at Brown's stringent and sometimes contradictory advice for women, she helped change attitudes and opinions towards women's roles, and her influence could be felt decades later with such projects as "Sex and the City" (HBO, TK). Although she ceased to be editor-in-chief in 1997, Brown remained with the magazine for the remainder of her life before dying on Aug. 13, 2012. A controversial but much beloved legend, Helen Gurley Brown meant a lot of different things to different people, but her legacy proved a feminist torch that lit the lights of many others.<p>Born Feb. 18, 1922 in Green Forest, AR, Helen Marie Gurley moved with her widowed mother and polio-stricken sister to Los Angeles, where she graduated high school and worked to support her family. Although her mother and sister moved back east, she stayed in Los Angeles and landed a job as a secretary at an advertising agency, where her writing ability, ambition and wit helped her transition into copywriting. Achieving exceptional success as a copywriter, she married David Brown, who would go on to become a legendary film producer, and who encouraged her to pursue her writing further. After the publication of her 1962 bestseller <i>Sex and the Single Girl</i> electrified the world, Brown saw her work turned into a 1964 feature film, while also landing the plumb role of editor-in-chief of <i>Cosmopolitan</i> magazine.<p>Championing women's rights, the sexual revolution and self-empowerment, Brown became one of the leading forces in American feminism, although many found her sex-focused, man-pleasing philosophy retrograde and stifling. Developing a near-mythical reputation as both a powerful force for and against modern feminism, Brown nevertheless turned <i>Cosmopolitan</i> into a wildly successful international brand and ushered in a new era of the independent, fun-loving "<i>Cosmo</i> Girl." Although she was replaced as editor in 1997, Brown remained the international editor for the publication for the rest of her life, before dying on Aug. 13, 2012. Forever an icon, Brown was memorialized by millions, including outspoken fan Lena Dunham, who tweeted, "RIP Helen Gurley Brown, you beautiful enigma. Confused but wholehearted love from mouseburgers & feminists everywhere."<p><i>By Jonathan Riggs</i>