Helen Gurley Brown, longtime editor of Cosmopolitan magazine and author of the classic 1962 book "Sex and the Single Girl," died Monday. She was 90.
Brown joined Cosmopolitan in 1965 and served as its editor for 32 years, giving it its signature pro-sex, love-quiz, headline-popping style. She retired from the magazine in 1997.
In January of this year, just weeks before turning 90, Brown donated $30 million to the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the Stanford School of Engineering to establish the David and Helen Gurley Brown Institute for Media Innovation.
Those significant funds didn't come solely from Brown's long and unflagging career in publishing; David Brown was a movie producer whose credits included "Jaws," "Cocoon," "The Verdict," "Driving Miss Daisy," "Chocolat" and "A Few Good Men." David died in 2010.