Saturday, March 10, 2012

Sex and the Single Girl

Sex and the Single Girl was written in 1962 by Helen Gurley Brown, as an advice book that encouraged women to become financially independent and experience sexual relationships before or without marriage. The book sold 2 million copies in 3 weeks, was sold in 35 countries and has made The Los Angeles TimesNew York Times and Time bestseller lists.
Warner Brothers paid $200,000 for the rights to the book that was made into a film of the same name in 1964 starring Natalie WoodTony CurtisHenry Fonda and Lauren Bacall. The film version follows the main character, Dr. Helen Gurley Brown (Wood), who is based loosely on Gurley Brown, through several comedic situations resulting from the publication of her book Sex and the Single Girl.
The film was a box office hit and one of the top 20 highest grossing films of 1964. The Time Out Film Guide 2009 describes the film as a "Coyly leering comedy...graceless stuff, criminally wasting Bacall and Fonda as a couple with marital problems...with Quine's moderate flair for comedy nowhere in evidence" and with "noise substituting for wit and style" according toHalliwell's Film & Video Guide.

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