Helen Gurley Brown Dies at 90

    FILE--Helen Gurley Brown, the driving force behind Cosmopolitan magazine, is seen at a New York function in this March 21, 1995, file photo. Brown will step down as the magazine's editor-in-chief next year after 32 years on the job, it was announced Tuesday, Jan. 16, 1996. Brown will be replaced by Bonnie Fuller, founding editor of the U.S. edition of Marie Claire. At that point, Brown will become editor-in-chief of Cosmo's  27-edition worldwide publishing program. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler, File)

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    Long before Sex and the City introduced us to its unabashedly sexual female icon, Samantha Jones, there was Helen Gurley Brown. The author and longtime editor in chief of Cosmopolitan passed away Monday morning at age 90, Hearst, the magazine's publisher, confirmed in a statement. Known for her outspoken advocacy of women’s sexual freedom and right to have it all (“love, sex, and money,” in her words), Brown was 40 when, in 1962, she published her bestselling Sex and the Single Girl, an advice book that encouraged women to experience the joys of sex before marriage. She was editor at Cosmopolitan from 1965 until 1997, and afterward remained at Hearst as editor in chief of all Cosmo international editions. In a statement released Monday, Hearst called her a “true pioneer for women in journalism—and beyond.”

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