American columnist, author and humorist, Cynthia Heimel, Died at 70

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Cynthia Heimel (née Glick) was born on July 13, 1947 and died on February 25, 2018.

She was a feminist humorist writer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

She was a columnist and primarily the author of satirical books known for their unusual titles, aimed at a female readership, as well as a playwright and television writer.

Heimel wrote for the alternative magazine Distant Drummer for two years in Philadelphia in the late 1960s.

Heimel worked as a secretary and an actress for just a short perion.

Heimel joined The SoHo Weekly News as an advertising assistant, after which she started publishing articles with a piece on an anarchist conference in New York City.

Then, Heimel became Features Editor, Centerfold Editor and a star features writer, worked briefly at Penthouse Magazine, returned to SWN, then left in 1980 to work at New York magazine and then New York Daily News.

Heimel left the New York Daily News and wrote her first book, Sex Tips for Girls, which was published in 1983.

Her main focus was sexual self-confidence for women and the idea that women actually enjoy sex, as well as the rigors of dating.

During 2008, the New York Magazine noted that “Much of the gospel about dating and sex is still achingly current”.

She wrote Advanced Sex Tips for nearly 20 years later, Heimel said that “The first one is kind of a how-to manual and the second one is kind of a why manual.”

Also to that the Kirkus Reviews said of Advanced Sex Tips that “the beleaguered humorist’s sex life is not all that much better: she seems to prefer her pack of dogs”.

Then the Publishers Weekly contrasted the two books: “Twenty years ago, Heimel’s Sex Tips for Girls was a hot item for women with bad attitude; her down-and-dirty, irreverent take on male-female relations was a welcome relief, after eons of machismo and years of second-wave feminist struggle. Her sequel, however, is a mixed bag”.

She was raised in Overbrook Park, Philadelphia; Heimel mother was a secretary and her father was a pharmacist.

Heimel moved out at 17 and lived in Center City.

Cynthia worked as an artist’s model before she found work at Philadelphia’s Distant Drummer weekly newspaper.She met and married radio announcer and painter Steve Heimel, and they had a son, Brodie, in 1970.

Cynthia was separated from her husband after 18 months when he found work in Houston and she moved to England.

After they separated, she lived with Brodie in communes and worked as a secretary and with “lefty social organizations” in London for three years and then moved to New York City.

During her later life she resided in Oakland CA, Coudersport PA and Los Angeles.

Cynthia Heimel passed away at 70 years old.