Cosmopolitan’ Editor Helen Gurley Brown

Celebrity Q&A
on August 29, 2004

I would like to know about Helen Gurley Brown, the editor of Cosmopolitan.

—Mickey J., Oregon

The venerable journalist is 82, but she’s far from retired. Though she no longer helms the magazine as she did for more than 30 years, becoming editor-in-chief in 1965, she still launches its international editions. Meanwhile, she’s promoting the reissue of her 1964 best-selling book, Sex and the Office, as well as Dear Pussycat, a collection of letters she’s written through the years. “I’ll go on writing,” she says. “I’d do anything to write fiction, only I have no talent.” The Green Forest, Ark. (pop. 2,717), native has been married to David Brown for 45 years. They have no children.

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