Sioux City Native "Dear Abby" Dead At 94

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Pauline Friedman Phillips, who under the name of Abigail Van Buren wrote the long-running "Dear Abby" advice column died Wednesday in Minneapolis at the age of 94.

Publicist Gene Willis of Universal Uclick says Phillips after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. By the time her family revealed she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2002, her daughter Jeanne Phillips, who had helped her mother with the Dear Abby column for years, was its sole author.

Phillips' column competed for decades with the advice column of Ann Landers, written by her twin sister Esther Friedman Lederer. Their relationship was stormy in their early adult years, but later they regained the close relationship they had growing up in Sioux City. The twins were born there July 4, 1918. Landers died in June 2002.


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