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Helen Gurley Brown Poster

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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 18 February 1922Green Forest, Arkansas, USA
Date of Death 13 August 2012New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameHelen Marie Gurley

Mini Bio (1)

Helen Gurley Brown was born on February 18, 1922 in Green Forest, Arkansas, USA as Helen Marie Gurley. She was an actress and writer. She was married to David Brown. She died on August 13, 2012 in New York City, New York, USA.

Spouse (1)

David Brown (25 September 1959 - 31 January 2010) (his death)

Trivia (12)

Born at 3:0am-CST
As editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan from 1965-1996, Brown published readers' confessions on the most unusual places they were intimate, an article entitled "How I'd steal the president (Richard Nixon) away from Pat," and the Burt Reynolds centerfold. Betty Friedan called Cosmopolitan under Brown's sex-drenched stewardship "quite obscene and quite horrible."
Until her death, Girley Brown was known for coming into her pink corner office nearly every day.
Born to Ira and Cleo Gurley, both school teachers.
The family moved to Little Rock when Ira was elected to the state legislature.
Her father died in an elevator accident when Helen was 10 years old.
Cleo Gurley moved the family to Los Angeles in the late 1930s.
Gurley Brown excelled socially and academically, graduating from high school as class valedictorian.
Gurley Brown went on to earn a business degree at Woodbury Business College, and began her career in 1941 with a series of secretarial jobs.
She was said to bring her lunch to work almost every day for the more than 30 years she spent at Hearst.
Mentor to Bonnie Fuller.

Personal Quotes (8)

Nearly every glamorous, wealthy, successful career woman you might envy now started out as some kind of schlep.
The reward of not having children [is] if I get blown up tomorrow, I'll have lived long enough and I won't have to worry about my children.
Good girls go to Heaven -- bad girls go everywhere.
Never fail to know that if you are doing all the talking, you are boring somebody.
I was mousy on the outside but inside I'm a tiger and I have to get on with it.
I never liked the looks of the life that was programmed for me - ordinary, hillbilly and poor - and I repudiated it from the time I was seven years old.
Sex is one of the three best things we have, and I don't know the other two.
[describing herself] A mouseburger is a young woman who is not very prepossessing. She is not beautiful. She is poor, has no family connections, and she is not a razzle-dazzle ball of charm. She is a kind of waif.

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