The Wednesday Five: Best Longreads of the Week

In this week’s Wednesday Five we share with you the best Longreads of the week with features on legendary Cosmo editor Helen Gurley Brown, how Meryl Streep won her first Oscar, pioneering astronomer Vera Rubin, the slapstick anarchists of “Broad City,” and Lifetime as one of the best places in Hollywood for women.



Even Helen Gurley Brown Got the Blues, by Gerri Hershey


“It is true, of course, and well known: Sex shaped the soft core, hard times, and glory days of Helen Gurley Brown. Publicly, ever the coquette on Johnny Carson’s couch, she embraced the image. Privately, she held close the pain of her ascent — the astounding sexism, the slut-shaming leveled at an early sexual outlier, the male rats and reprobates she encountered along the way. Even close friends were unaware that the brazen, confident Cosmo girl relied on psychotherapy — with good humor — for 68 of her 90 years.” — Read more at New York Magazine




How Meryl Streep Battled Dustin Hoffman, Retooled Her Role, and Won Her First Oscar, by Michael Schulman


“At 29, Meryl Streep was grieving for a dead lover, falling for her future husband, and starting work on Kramer vs. Kramer, the movie that would make her a star and sweep the 1980 Oscars. In an adaptation from his upcoming biography of the actress, Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep, Michael Schulman recounts the struggles—physical, emotional, and intellectual—that launched Streep’s legend.” — Read more at Vanity Fair

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