|Born||September 3, 1935|
|Education||Barnard College, Columbia University|
|Notable works||agony aunt|
My Life in Agony
Irma Kurtz (September 3, 1935) is an American-born UK-based writer and agony aunt. She has worked in that capacity for Cosmopolitan magazine for over 40 years. She lives in London's King’s Cross.
Kurtz was born in New Jersey in 1935, and grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey and spent time in New York City growing up. Her father was a dentist. She has a bachelor's degree in English literature from Columbia University.
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 the United Kingdom in 1972. Kurtz also wrote for the American edition for 10 years.
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)
- My Life in Agony: Confessions of a Professional Agony Aunt (2014)
She has a son, Marc, a television director, who is married with four children.
- Randallwrites (2015-06-29). "AGE INSIDE: Irma Kurtz". A History of my Life in 100 Objects. Retrieved 2021-02-21.
- 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.
- Galbinski, Alex (2014-05-19). "Cosmopolitan's agony aunt Irma Kurtz reveals her own burdens | Jewish News". Jewishnews.timesofisrael.com. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
- Katharine Whitehorn. "My Life in Agony review: Irma Kurtz's 40 years as an agony aunt". The Guardian. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
- Copson, Josie (2011-02-16). "Irma Kurtz : Cosmo Agony Aunt : Biography". Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
- Holmquist, Kate. "Irma Kurtz: 'You know when you've been raped. Believe me, I know'". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2021-02-21.
- "Interview: Irma Kurtz : The veteran agony aunt reveals the key problems at the heart of most romantic relationships". Thejc.com. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
- "Dear Irma ... Forty years of advice for life". jerseyeveningpost.com. Retrieved 2021-02-21.
- Durrant, Sabine (2014-02-16). "The mother of all agony aunts: Irma Kurtz interview". Telegraph. Retrieved 2017-01-15.