After university, Kurtz worked as a journalist, travelling in Europe and living in Paris, before settling in London. Kurtz worked for Nova magazine from its beginning in 1965, and joined Cosmopolitan in 1972.
Kurtz has written three self-help books, two novels and three travel books.
- Grand Dragon (1981)
- Loneliness (1983)
- Beds of nails and roses (1983)
- The Great American Bus Ride (1993)
- Dear London (1998)
She has a son, Marc, a television director, who is married with four children.
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