Helen Gurley Brown, who is known for her liberating editorship at Cosmopolitan from 1965-1997, has passed away at age 90 from an undisclosed cause.
Brown is credited for turning the flailing Cosmo around with her straight- forward, edgy editorial direction that touched on subjects like sex, love, and money.
Her book, Sex and the Single Girl, written in 1962 was far ahead of its time and is said to have played a part in the sexual revolution of the '60s.
Though Brown was ousted as editor of Cosmopolitan in 1997 in favor of Bonnie Fuller, she continued to work for Hearst Corporation who said of her death, "Helen was one of the world’s most recognized magazine editors and book authors, and a true pioneer for women in journalism—and beyond."
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg added, "Today New York City lost a pioneer who reshaped not only the entire media industry, but the nation's culture. She was a role model for the millions of women whose private thoughts, wonders and dreams she addressed so brilliantly in print."