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.