Irma Kurtz

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Irma Kurtz
Born(1935-09-03)September 3, 1935
NationalityAmerican
EducationBarnard College, Columbia University
Notable worksagony aunt
Cosmopolitan Magazine
My Life in Agony
ChildrenMarc

Irma Kurtz (September 3, 1935)[1] is an American-born UK-based writer and agony aunt.[2] She has worked in that capacity for Cosmopolitan magazine for over 40 years.[3][4][5] She lives in London's King’s Cross.[6]

Early life[edit]

Kurtz was born in New Jersey in 1935,[3] and grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey and spent time in New York City growing up.[7] Her father was a dentist.[7] She has a bachelor's degree in English literature from Columbia University.[3]

Career[edit]

Journalism[edit]

After university, Kurtz worked as a journalist, travelling in Europe and living in Paris, before settling in London.[7] Kurtz worked for Nova magazine from its beginning in 1965, and joined Cosmopolitan in the United Kingdom in 1972.[5][7] Kurtz also wrote for the American edition for 10 years.[7]

Kurtz has written three self-help books, two novels and three travel books.[5]

Television[edit]

Kurtz was the writer and presenter of Mediterranean Tales, a ten-part series for BBC4.[7]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Grand Dragon (1981)
  • Loneliness (1983)
  • Beds of nails and roses (1983)
  • The Great American Bus Ride (1993)
  • Dear London (1998)
  • My Life in Agony: Confessions of a Professional Agony Aunt (2014)[8]

Personal life[edit]

She has a son, Marc, a television director, who is married with four children.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Randallwrites (2015-06-29). "AGE INSIDE: Irma Kurtz". A History of my Life in 100 Objects. Retrieved 2021-02-21.
  2. ^ Gold, Shawn; Institute, Guide to Laughing (2003). The Guide to Laughing at Love: Insightful Observations to Share. Handy Logic Press. ISBN 978-0-9729636-0-2.
  3. ^ a b c Galbinski, Alex (2014-05-19). "Cosmopolitan's agony aunt Irma Kurtz reveals her own burdens | Jewish News". Jewishnews.timesofisrael.com. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
  4. ^ Katharine Whitehorn. "My Life in Agony review: Irma Kurtz's 40 years as an agony aunt". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
  5. ^ a b c Copson, Josie (2011-02-16). "Irma Kurtz : Cosmo Agony Aunt : Biography". Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
  6. ^ Holmquist, Kate. "Irma Kurtz: 'You know when you've been raped. Believe me, I know'". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2021-02-21.
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Interview: Irma Kurtz : The veteran agony aunt reveals the key problems at the heart of most romantic relationships". Thejc.com. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
  8. ^ "Dear Irma ... Forty years of advice for life". jerseyeveningpost.com. Retrieved 2021-02-21.
  9. ^ Durrant, Sabine (2014-02-16). "The mother of all agony aunts: Irma Kurtz interview". Telegraph. Retrieved 2017-01-15.