Magazine article Newsweek

Brass, Class and Just a Wonderful Laugh

Magazine article Newsweek

Brass, Class and Just a Wonderful Laugh

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Although one of the most famous and powerful women in the world, Katharine Graham could be withering on the pitfalls of newspeople courting celebrity. In one of her last interviews, to promote a book on Washington by her best friend (and NEWSWEEK columnist) Meg Greenfield, she recalled Meg's secrets to success as being "work terribly hard... and don't put your mug on TV." But when Mrs. Graham died last week, all too soon at 84, we didn't have to think twice about putting her on our cover. She wasn't just our boss, but one of the great figures in 20th-century journalism, as well as a mother and late-blooming business executive whose personal odyssey mirrored the struggles of women to win a real seat at the table in America. You'll read her story in Evan Thomas's obituary and the remembrances of some of her closest friends and colleagues. But it wouldn't be complete without talking about the crucial role Mrs. …

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