"Dear Abby" Columnist Dead at 94

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Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Jan. 17 2013 1:50 PM

RIP, "Dear Abby"

The Associated Press:

Pauline Friedman Phillips, who under the name of Abigail Van Buren, wrote the long-running "Dear Abby" advice column that was followed by millions of newspaper readers throughout the world, has died. She was 94. Publicist Gene Willis of Universal Uclick said Phillips died Wednesday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
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, Iowa.
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Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

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