Gurley Brown, who is widely regarded as a legend in her field, died after a brief hospitalisation at the McKeen Pavilion at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia. She was 90.
Gurley Brown took control of the US edition in 1965 with a view to encapsulating the spirit of free, independent women. The British edition was launched in 1972 and the title marked its 40th anniversary in February this year.
Credited by Hearst as the woman who 'redefined womanhood', her impact on popular culture reached around the globe, first with her 1962 bestseller, Sex and the Single Girl, and then as editor of Cosmopolitan where for more than three decades she put her own unique stamp on the title.