Pauline Esther Phillips, who was known to millions of newspaper readers as the “Dear Abby
” advice columnist Abigail Van Buren
, has died. She was 94.She died yesterday in Minneapolis after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a statement by Universal Uclick
, syndicator of Dear Abby. Phillips lived in Minnetonka, Minnesota.
With her identical twin, Esther Pauline Lederer, who wrote under the Ann Landers
pseudonym until her death in 2002, Phillips brought the staid newspaper advice-to-the-lovelorn column into the modern era. Like her sister, she replied to letters about serious social issues such as teen sex, divorce, alcoholism and AIDS, and answered them with a mix of candor, common sense and an occasional wisecrack.