'Dear Abby' advice columnist Pauline Phillips dies at 94

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 18, 2013 05:40 hrs

"Dear Abby" advice columnist Pauline Phillips died in Minneapolis on Wednesday. She was 94.

Phillips had suffered from Alzheimer's disease for years, but was still dishing out advice to readers as recently as 2002, though her daughter Jeanne took on co-authoring duties in the mid-1990s.

"I have lost my mother, my mentor and my best friend," Jeanne told TMZ.com in a statement.

"My mother leaves very big high heels to fill with a legacy of compassion, commitment and positive social change. I will honor her memory every day by continuing this legacy," she said.

Phillips, who wrote under the pen name Abigail Van Buren, shared advice on everything from dating to snoring spouses for more than 40 years to a readership of more than 90 million newspaper readers.

The daughter of Russian immigrants got her start in 1956 after reading an advice column that ran in the San Francisco Chronicle and immediately contacting the paper's editors to let them know that she could do a better job.

Phillips is survived by her husband of 73 years, Mort Phillips; daughter Jeanne Phillips and husband Walter Harris; son Edward Phillips and wife Leslye Phillips; four grandchildren and two great granddaughters. (ANI)

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