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(Vanity Fair had previously ceased publication in 1936.) Edited first by Richard Locke and then by Leo Lerman, it was dying with an unviable circulation of 200,000 and 12 pages of advertising.She stayed on as a contributing editor for a brief time, and then was named editor-in-chief on 1 January 1984.As an undergraduate, she wrote for Isis, the university's literary magazine, to which she contributed interviews with the journalist Auberon Waugh and the actor Dudley Moore.Brown's sharp, witty prose led to her being published by the New Statesman while she was still an undergraduate at Oxford.Tatler featured writers from Brown's eclectic circle including Julian Barnes, Dennis Potter, Auberon Waugh, Brian Sewell, Georgina Howell, and Nicholas Coleridge (later President of Conde Nast International).Brown herself wrote content for every issue, contributing irreverent surveys of the upper classes.Her friendship with Waugh served as a boost to her writing career, as he used his influence to ensure that her ability was recognised. While still at Oxford, she won The Sunday Times National Student Drama Award for her one-act play Under the Bamboo Tree.A subsequent play, Happy Yellow, in 1977 was mounted at the London fringe Bush Theatre and was later performed at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
In 1979, at the age of 25 Brown was invited to edit the tiny, almost extinct society magazine Tatler by its new owner, the Australian real estate millionaire Gary Bogard and transformed it into a modern glossy magazine with covers by celebrated photographers like Norman Parkinson, Helmut Newton, and David Bailey, and fashion by Michael Roberts.In September 2013, Brown announced she would be leaving her position as editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast to launch Tina Brown Media a Thames village in the countryside west of London.Her father, George Hambley Brown, was active in the British film industry producing the early Miss Marple films in the series starring Margaret Rutherford, based on the character created by Agatha Christie.His other films included The Chiltern Hundreds (1949); Hotel Sahara (1951), starring Yvonne De Carlo; Guns at Batasi (1964), starring Richard Attenborough and Mia Farrow.In 1939, he had an early marriage to the actress Maureen O'Hara; according to O'Hara, it was never consummated, owing to her parents' intervention, and it was annulled.