Hearst: Longtime Editor of Cosmopolitan Magazine Helen Gurley Brown Dead at 90
Word was released Monday afternoon that former editor of Cosmopolitan Magazine -- Helen Gurley Brown -- died today at the age of 90. Below is a timeline of some of the most notable events in what was the very noteworthy life of the famed editor.
1922 - Born in Green Forest, Ark., on February 18, 1922 to Ira and Cleo Gurley
1941 - Graduated from Woodbury Business College in California with a business degree
1948 - Became an advertising copywriter at Foote, Cone & Belding, a Los Angeles advertising agency
1958 - Joined Los Angeles advertising agency Kenyan & Eckhardt as an account executive, and becomes the West Coast's highest-paid woman in the field
1959 - Married David Brown on September 25, 1959
1962 - Wrote Sex and the Single Girl
, published by Simon & Schuster (in 28 countries and translated into 16 languages)
1964 - Wrote Sex and the Office, another best-seller, published by Avon Books
1965 - Named editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan in July 1965
1967 - Wrote 'Outrageous Opinions of Helen Gurley Brown,' published by Avon Books
1969 - Wrote 'The Single Girl's Cookbook' published by Bernard Geis Associates.
1971 - Wrote 'Sex and the New Single Girl'
1977 - Received a career achievement award from Stanford University
1982 - Wrote the bestseller 'Having it All,' published by Simon & Schuster
1985 - Received the New York Women in Communications' Matrix Award
1986 - Hearst Corporation established a chair at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in her name, the Helen Gurley Brown Research Professorship
1988 - Inducted into the Publisher's Hall of Fame
1993 - Wrote 'The Late Show: A Semi-Wild but Practical Guide for Women Over 50,' published by William Morrow & Co.
1995 - Received the Henry Johnson Fisher Award from the Magazine Publishers of America. The prestigious award is the magazine publishing industry's highest honor. Gurley Brown was its first woman recipient.
1996 - Received American Society of Magazine Editors' Hall of Fame Award
1997 - Left the U.S. edition of 'Cosmopolitan' after 31 years; named editor-in-chief of all international editions of Cosmopolitan
1998 - Wrote 'The Writer's Rules,' published by William Morrow & Co.
2000 - Wrote her definitive memoir, 'I'm Wild Again: Snippets From My Life and a Few Brazen Thoughts,' a memoir, published by St. Martin's Press
2003 - Barricade Books reissued 'Sex and the Office'
2004 - Wrote 'Dear Pussycat: Mash Notes and Missives From the Desk of Cosmopolitan's Legendary Editor,' published by St. Martin's Press
2010 - Jennifer Scanlon publishes Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown, the Woman Behind Cosmopolitan Magazine
2012 - Along with her husband, made $30 million gift to Columbia and Stanford Universities, creating the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation