Abigail Van Buren, Dear Abby Phillips family photo
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Abigail Van Buren, Dear Abby

This photo of Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abby) was taken in the 1960's. She was born Pauline Esther Phillips (her twin was "Ann Landers") in 1918 in Iowa and began her "Dear Abby" column in 1956 at the age of 37 in San Francisco California.

A strong woman, she called the San Francisco Chronicle andtold them that she could write a better advice column than they were running at the time. She was right - they hired her and she wrote her column for decades, eventually being syndicated in hundreds of newspapers.

She died on January 16, 2013 at the age of 94 of Alzheimers but I certainly remember beginning every day when I was a child by first reading "Dear Abby" in my parents' newspaper.
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Photo taken at San Francisco, San Francisco County, CA
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