- NAME: Abigail Van Buren
- OCCUPATION: Writer
- BIRTH DATE: July 04, 1918
- DEATH DATE: January 16, 2013
- EDUCATION: Morningside College
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Sioux City, Iowa
- PLACE OF DEATH: Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Full Name: Pauline Esther Friedman Phillips
- AKA: Pauline Friedman
- AKA: Pauline Phillips
- Nickname: "Popo"
- Maiden Name: Pauline Esther Friedman
- AKA: Pauline Esther Phillips
- AKA: Esther Phillips
- AKA: "Dear Abby"
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Pauline Phillips, best known by the pen name "Abigail Van Buren," was one of America's most adored advice columnists as the author of "Dear Abby." She was the twin sister of columnist Ann Landers.
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When she retired from authoring "Dear Abby" in the '90s, her daughter, Jeanne Phillips, took over as full-time columnist.
Van Buren's twin sister, Ann Landers, died in June 2002. That same year, it was reported that Van Buren had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
Abigail Van Buren died on January 16, 2013, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Calling her longtime career "fulfilling, exciting and incredibly rewarding,
" Van Buren said that being the heart and soul of "Dear Abby" gave her an enormous and unwavering sense of pride. "My readers have told me that they've learned from me. But it's the other way around. I've learned from them. Has it been a lot of work? Not really. It's only work if you'd rather be doing something else."
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