'Dear Abby' founder dies at 94
Pauline Phillips, right, and daughter Jeanne Phillips are honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in February 2001.
January 17th, 2013
02:20 PM ET

'Dear Abby' founder dies at 94

Pauline Phillips, better known to millions of newspaper readers for decades as the Dear Abby advice columnist, has died after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease, her family said Thursday.

She died Wednesday in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at age 94.

Phillips, who wrote under the name of Abigail Van Buren, was the twin sister of Esther Pauline Lederer, also known as the advice columnist Ann Landers. Lederer died in June 2002 at the age of 83.

In 2001, Phillips acknowledged that her daughter Jeanne Phillips co-wrote the "Dear Abby" column with her. Jeanne Phillips took the column over in August 2002, when the family announced that her mother had Alzheimer's.


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  1. Dave

    Sad news. Rest in peace dear lady! You have impacted millions of lives. (My employer's website even has an advice column, thanks to your influence)

    January 17, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Hamsta

    That sucks, I love reading Dear Abby. The current Dear Abby isn't as good as the original and the copycats aren't as good as the current Dear Abby.

    January 17, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • bankrupt 1

      yup. i used to read that and ann landers when i was a kid. the new ones aren't as good.

      January 17, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. donna morris

    May she rest in peace. (It is ashame that if a man dies they find everything out about him to list a lady and only two lines)

    January 17, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • wmesser58

      @ DONNA MORRIS–actually 6 lines

      January 17, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. semper fi

    Dear Abby
    I have lost a great life source of insight and humor......You. RIP

    January 17, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bankrupt 1

    our comments are disappearing

    January 17, 2013 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jannynet

    Rest in Peace dear Abby! I wonder how many lives are better due to your columns. You were very influential but real for so many. Thank You!

    January 17, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Honey

    94 years old & she is famous for her Dear Abby column and all she gets is 2 lines! Shameful! I am 54 years old and I remember that was the only thing I would read in the newspaper each day! You couldn't even find a picture! What the heck!?

    January 17, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. iamthefredman

    Pauline Phillips, founder of the widely syndicated "Dear Abby" advice column, has died, according to syndication service that distributes the column.

    She was 94.

    That's IT ???? All the years of work and all the influence and good that she put out in her life and that's ALL they say about her? God Bless you Dear Abby. And Thanks.

    January 17, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joe Kenadee

    I read once that the sisters did not speak to each other and were fierce rivals how odd is that?

    January 17, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. alligator face

    her and her twin sister used to have fist fights well into their thirties.

    January 17, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lewy

    What a worthless column.

    January 17, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Steve

    Dear Abby,

    Apparently, someone with A.D.D. wrote your obituary. Sorry about that.


    January 17, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    Aww poor little mister, hes gonna be so lost now.

    January 17, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chuck

    So how is this comment relavent to the above article? I was told by my mom that if you couldn't say anything nice about a person then don't say anything at all. This world would be a better place if people would remember that.

    Anyway, RIP. When I was a kid i always read Dear Abbey because it was with the funnies.

    January 17, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chuck

    Thats Dear Abby

    January 17, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
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