Obituaries

2:38pm

Mon August 13, 2012
Remembrances

'Cosmo' Editor Helen Gurley Brown Dies At 90

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 3:22 pm

When Helen Gurley Brown took the reins at Cosmo in 1965, it was a foundering monthly known for fiction. She remained at the helm for more than 30 years. Here, Brown poses at her office in New York in September 1985.
G. Paul Burnett AP

Helen Gurley Brown, the longtime editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, died Monday in New York at age 90.

If Cosmo was her biggest legacy, it was her 1962 best-seller, Sex and the Single Girl, that launched her to fame. She was 40, with a high-paying job in advertising and a recent marriage to Hollywood producer David Brown.

But she was writing for the single girls, not her privileged peers, says Jennifer Scanlon, author of a Brown biography called Bad Girls Go Everywhere.

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1:53pm

Mon August 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Helen Gurley Brown, Legendary Cosmo Editor, Is Dead

Helen Gurley Brown, editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, poses in her office in New York September 1985.
G. Paul Burnett AP

The longtime and legendary editor of Cosmopolitan Magazine Helen Gurley Brown died today. The Hearst Corporation, which published Cosmopolitan, announced her death in a press release, according to the Albany Times-Union.

She was 90.

NPR's Selena Simmons-Duffin filed this remembrance for our Newscast unit:

"Brown made her name by writing frankly about women and sex when that was truly a rare thing.

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3:00pm

Fri August 10, 2012
Remembrances

David Rakoff Saw The World In All Its Dark Beauty

Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 5:04 pm

David Rakoff, the author of Half Empty, Don't Get Too Comfortable and Fraud, was a frequent contributor to This American Life. He died Thursday at the age of 47.
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When writer David Rakoff died Thursday at the age 47, he was barely the age he said he was always "meant" to be. In his 2010 memoir, Half Empty, he wrote, "Everyone has an internal age, a time in life when one is, if not one's best, then at very least one's most authentic self. I always felt that my internal clock was calibrated somewhere between 47 and 53 years old."

Rakoff died in New York City after a long struggle with cancer — an ordeal that he wrote about with sobering honesty and biting wit.

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12:15pm

Tue August 7, 2012
The Record

Marvin Hamlisch, Movie And Broadway Composer, Has Died

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:22 pm

Marvin Hamlisch (left) with Liza Minnelli and Barry Manilow in 1987.
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10:39am

Tue August 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Tears And Tequila: Mexico City Says Goodbye To Chavela Vargas

Fans wait to see the coffin of late Costa Rican-born Mexican singer Chavela Vargas during a ceremony in her honour at Garibaldi Square in Mexico City on Monday.
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We would be remiss not to note that the legendary ranchera singer Chavela Vargas was sent off last night in Mexico City.

Her coffin was on display in Plaza Garibaldi, where Vargas was known to knock back a few drinks. NPR's Jasmine Garsd wrote about the 93-year-old Vargas on Sunday after her death. She was a woman who torched through barriers, many times singing about heartache with a pistol in her harness and a bottle of tequila in her hand.

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