Helen Gurley Brown

1922 - 2012

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Helen Gurley Brown (née Helen Marie Gurley; February 18, 1922 – August 13, 2012) was an American author, publisher, and businesswoman. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Helen Gurley Brown has received more than 615,496 page views. Her biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). Helen Gurley Brown is the 6,434th most popular writer (down from 5,771st in 2019), the 11,985th most popular biography from United States (down from 10,821st in 2019) and the 878th most popular American Writer.

Memorability Metrics

  • 620k

    Page Views (PV)

  • 41.07

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 17

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 1.71

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.45

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Sex and the single girl
Single women, Sexual behavior, Women
Before Sex and the City, before Bridget Jones, there was Helen Gurley Brown, the real-life editor in chief of Cosmopolitan. In this deliciously tantalizing book, Cosmo's leading lady told women how to be glamorous and sophisticated and how to fill their lives with romance and delectable men. She showed women how to meet men and sweep them off their feet-all while looking and feeling fabulously sexy. Since that time, sexual attitudes may have changed, but the art of being a woman has not. Still provocative after all these years, Brown celebrates the pleasures of flirting, of enjoying affairs from beginning to end, throwing brunches and dinner parties, finding men where you might not think to look, dating (and ditching) married men, and being both feminine and powerful.--From publisher description.
Having it all
Love, Wealth, Success
I'm wild again
Periodical editors, Biography, Autobiography, women authors
Sex and the office
Employment, Single women, Success
Sex and the single girl
Man-woman relationships, Sexual behavior, Single women
The Late Show
Life skills guides, Middle-aged women, Women, life skills guides


Among writers, Helen Gurley Brown ranks 6,434 out of 7,302Before her are Guzel Yakhina, Gilles Leroy, James Bowen, Daniel Handler, Dorji Wangmo, and David Malouf. After her are Leyla Aliyeva, Michel Faber, J. P. Donleavy, John Ralston Saul, Joel Barlow, and Robert Elsie.

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Among people born in 1922, Helen Gurley Brown ranks 432Before her are Dick King-Smith, Leslie Marr, Bert I. Gordon, Johnny Thomson, John B. Anderson, and Stanford R. Ovshinsky. After her are Bill Macy, Ivor Broadis, Miloslava Misáková, Audrey Meadows, Edwin Thompson Jaynes, and Joan Caulfield. Among people deceased in 2012, Helen Gurley Brown ranks 458Before her are Ronald Stretton, Barry Unsworth, Joe Paterno, Les Leston, Andrew Sarris, and Tommy Godwin. After her are Fontella Bass, Kitty Wells, Finn Pedersen, A. K. Hangal, Lucille Bliss, and Dubravko Pavličić.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Helen Gurley Brown ranks 11,985 out of 20,380Before her are Kathleen Kinmont (1965), Carl W. Stalling (1891), Kevin Connolly (1974), Imogene Coca (1908), Belva Ann Lockwood (1830), and Wood Harris (1969). After her are Walter Forward (1786), Art Clokey (1921), J. P. Donleavy (1926), Charles Erwin Wilson (1890), Redfoo (1975), and Joel Barlow (1754).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Helen Gurley Brown ranks 878Before her are Tana French (1973), Barbara Kingsolver (1955), Rick Yancey (1962), Jonathan Rosenbaum (1943), James Lipton (1926), and Daniel Handler (1970). After her are J. P. Donleavy (1926), Joel Barlow (1754), Joe Medicine Crow (1913), Judith Merril (1923), Ted Tally (1952), and Thomas Beatie (1974).