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Pauline Phillips: 10 Bet-You-Didn’t-Know Facts About Dear Abby
Posted By Patrick Kiger On January 17, 2013 @ 7:32 pm In Legacy | Comments Disabled
Pauline Friedman Phillips was her name. But for decades, America knew the Sioux City, Iowa, native as Abigail Van Buren, a.k.a. “Dear Abby,” the newspaper advice columnist famed for giving readers a kick-in-the-pants with witty, acidic ripostes – at least when they deserved it.
Phillips, who died on Jan. 16 at age 94  in Minneapolis, made a career of being feisty and opinionated – and the 9,000 to 12,000 readers who sent her letters each week, by various accounts, seemed to love her for it. Born Pauline Esther Friedman on Independence Day in 1918, she was one-half of a pair of twin daughters of Russian immigrants Abraham and Rebecca Friedman. Her sister, Esther Pauline, who was born 17 minutes earlier, also grew up to become famous as an advice columnist, working under the pseudonym Ann Landers.
Here are 10 intriguing facts about an American icon.
Photo: Phillips in 1993 (Everett Collection)
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 died on Jan. 16 at age 94: http://www.startribune.com/entertainment/celebrities/187328141.html
 1989 column: http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=qTVVAAAAIBAJ&sjid=vj0NAAAAIBAJ&pg=2710,1552454&dq=dear-abby+dog+ring-bearer&hl=en
 1991 St. Louis Post-Dispatch interview: http://www.webcitation.org/61hknl0Nb
 Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG): http://blog.aarp.org/2013/01/10/jeanne-manford-she-raised-the-flag-for-tolerance/
 wrote a song about her: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2ccC4aULow
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