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Pauline Phillips

Born: 1918-07-04 - Died: 2013-01-16
Cause of Death:
Alzheimer's Disease


Death Summary: She died after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Who was Pauline Phillips : Pauline Phillips, 94, was perhaps better known as Abigail Van Buren. Under the pseudonym, she wrote the popular "Dear Abby" advice column that first appeared in 1956. The "Dear Abby" column began at the San Francisco Chronicle after Phillips called in to the paper saying she could do a better job than the current advice columnist. After being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2002, she gave the "Dear Abby" column to her daughter, Jeanne, who had been helping her mother write the column since 1987.
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