Occupation: Former Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan
Mailroom: William Morris Agency
Brown, long-time editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan hasn’t always lived in the stylish lap of luxury.
After working as a clerk, Brown was a secretary at the Foote, Cone & Belding advertising agency. Brown’s boss recognized her gifted writing skills and made her a copywriter, where she became one of the nation's highest paid ad copywriters in the early 1960s.
Brown wrote the bestseller “Sex and the Single Girl” and became editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan in 1965, where she reversed the failing magazine’s fortunes.
In September, 2008, Slate named her the 13th most powerful American over the age of 80.