Irma Kurtz

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Irma Kurtz (born 1935) is an American-born UK-based agony aunt, who has worked in that capacity for Cosmopolitan magazine for over 45 years.[1][2][3]

Early life[edit]

Kurtz was born in New Jersey in 1935,[1] and grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey.[4] Her father was a dentist.[4] She has a bachelor's degree in English literature from Columbia University.[1]



After university, Kurtz worked as a journalist, travelling in Europe and living in Paris, before settling in London.[4] Kurtz worked for Nova magazine from its beginning in 1965, and joined Cosmopolitan in 1972.[3][4]

Kurtz has written three self-help books, two novels and three travel books.[3]


Kurtz was the writer and presenter of Mediterranean Tales, a ten-part series for BBC4.[4]


  • Grand Dragon (1981)
  • Loneliness (1983)
  • Beds of nails and roses (1983)
  • The Great American Bus Ride (1993)
  • Dear London (1998)

Personal life[edit]

She has a son, Marc, a television director, who is married with four children.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Galbinski, Alex (2014-05-19). "Cosmopolitan's agony aunt Irma Kurtz reveals her own burdens | Jewish News". Retrieved 2017-01-15.
  2. ^ Katharine Whitehorn. "My Life in Agony review: Irma Kurtz's 40 years as an agony aunt". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
  3. ^ a b c Copson, Josie (2011-02-16). "Irma Kurtz : Cosmo Agony Aunt : Biography". Retrieved 2017-01-15.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Interview: Irma Kurtz : The veteran agony aunt reveals the key problems at the heart of most romantic relationships". Retrieved 2017-01-15.
  5. ^ Durrant, Sabine (2014-02-16). "The mother of all agony aunts: Irma Kurtz interview". Telegraph. Retrieved 2017-01-15.