sex and the very married girl

Posted by Carole Stuart on August 28, 2009 | Permalink

Helen Gurley Brown is in the news again. A biography, Bad Girls Go Everywhere, gives her the recognition she has earned as a truly liberated female.  In the days of the militant women’s movement, Helen had the nerve to go in the opposite direction.  As editor for Cosmopolitan, she was a girly girl and proud of it. How to meet, catch a man. How to be sexier, etc. It must have resonated with women because she stayed at the top of the heap for many years.

Her devoted husband, David Brown, no slouch himself, was co-producer of such films like, A Few Good Men, The Verdict, and Cocoon as well as the Broadway musical, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.  David also wrote all the cover lines for Cosmopolitan when Helen was its editor.

Lyle and I had the pleasure of publishing both David and Helen. David’s two books, The Rest of Your Life is the Best of Your Life and Brown’s Guide to the Good Life Without Tears, Fears or Boredom.  We also republished two of Helen’s, her best selling Sex and the Single Girl and Sex in the Office. (Check all four titles on our website).

I think of Helen and David as the nicest, easiest to work with authors.  They are both pros—will go anywhere to sign books.  And they have.  Helen went to Bookends, a terrific bookstore in Ridgewood NJ where all the top authors appear. Unfortunately, the evening of her signing was rainy and dismal.  But she was undaunted as was the crowd who came to hear her. She signed and sold a lot of books.  David was the same. He’d sit in a booth at a convention, pleasantly greeting people and signing books. 
When we published Brown’s Guide to the Good Life he had a signing at Barnes & Noble on 82nd Street and Broadway, set up by the events manager, Lou Pizzitola.  It was a great crowd and it soon became the “David and Helen Show” as Helen joined in from the audience bantering lovingly with David.

Helen’s concern was that Barricade not lose money on the books.  Not to worry, Helen, we did fine. 
My fondest feelings for David and Helen come from their thoughtfulness after Lyle died.  Lots of friends were calling and were very attentive.  They could have done the same. They went a step further, took me to dinner at Le Cirque and cheered me up. 
Their love for each other is an example of how relationships can work.

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