Pauline Phillips
Pauline Phillips

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Name: Pauline Phillips
Occupation: Newspaper Columnists
Gender: Female
Birth Day: July 4, 1918
Death Date: January 16, 2013(2013-01-16) (aged 94)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Age: Aged 94
Birth Place: Sioux City, United States
Zodiac Sign: Leo

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Pauline Phillips

Pauline Phillips was born on July 4, 1918 in Sioux City, United States (94 years old). Pauline Phillips is a Newspaper Columnists, zodiac sign: Leo. Find out Pauline Phillipsnet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.

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As per our current Database, Pauline Phillips died on January 16, 2013(2013-01-16) (aged 94)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S..

Net Worth

Net Worth 2020

$1 Million - $2 Million (Approx.)

Salary 2020

Not known

Biography Timeline


Phillips graduated from Central High School in Sioux City and Morningside College, where she studied journalism and psychology. She and her twin sister wrote a joint gossip column for the college newspaper. They were married in a double wedding ceremony on July 2, 1939, two days before their 21st birthday. Pauline married Morton Phillips of Minneapolis, and had son Edward and daughter Jeanne.


Pauline Friedman, nicknamed "Popo", was born in Sioux City, Iowa to Russian Jewish immigrants Rebecca (née Rushall) and Abraham B. Friedman, owner of a chain of movie theaters. She was the youngest of four sisters and grew up in Sioux City. Her identical twin Esther Pauline Friedman (married name Lederer) was columnist Ann Landers. Lederer had become Ann Landers in 1955, and Phillips soon followed suit by launching her own advice column.


Phillips' writing career began in January 1956 when she was 37 and new to the San Francisco area. She phoned the editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and said that she could write a better advice column than the one that she had been reading in the newspaper. After hearing her modest credentials, editor Stanleigh Arnold gave her some letters in need of answers and told her to bring back her replies in a week; Phillips got her replies back to the Chronicle in an hour and a half. In an interview with Larry King, she said that she had no work experience, lacking even a social security number. The editor, however, asked if she was a professional writer. He said that her writing was "fabulous', and she was hired that day.

She went by the pen name Abigail Van Buren, combining the Old Testament prophetess from 1 Samuel with President Martin Van Buren. Her twin sister was the author of the Ann Landers column, and the competition created bad feelings between them for many years. In 1956, Phillips offered her column to the Sioux City Journal at a reduced price, provided that the paper refuse to print her sister's column. The sisters ostensibly reconciled in 1964 but remained competitors. They became "the most widely read and most quoted women in the world" in 1958, according to Life magazine.


Phillips was an honorary member of Women in Communications, the American College of Psychiatrists, and the National Council of Jewish Women. Her columns were collected in Dear Abby, Dear Teenager, Dear Abby on Marriage, Where Were You When President Kennedy was Shot?, The Dear Abby Wedding Planner, and The Best of Dear Abby. She said that writing is "only work if you'd rather be doing something else." She co-wrote the column with her daughter Jeanne from 1987 until her retirement. In 2002, Phillips' Alzheimer's disease made it impossible for her to continue writing, and Jeanne assumed all the writing responsibilities of Dear Abby.


Phillips died on January 16, 2013 at age 94, after battling Alzheimer's for 11 years. She was survived by her husband of 73 years Morton Phillips, daughter Jeanne Phillips, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Family Members

# Name Relationship Net Worth Salary Age Occupation
#1 Jeanne Phillips Children N/A N/A N/A
#2 Eppie Lederer Siblings N/A N/A N/A
#3 Ann Landers Ann Landers N/A N/A 83 Journalist

🎂 Upcoming Birthday

Currently, Pauline Phillips is 103 years, 10 months and 21 days old. Pauline Phillips will celebrate 104th birthday on a Monday 4th of July 2022. Below we countdown to Pauline Phillips upcoming birthday.


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100th birthday - Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Advice columnists Ann and Abby were born 100 years ago in Sioux City

July 4, 2018, is the 100th birthday of Sioux City’s most famous natives – Ann Landers and Dear Abby.

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94th birthday - Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Dear Abby: Happy Birthday, Can I Take Over Your Column?

There is so much to celebrate on July 4: our country's independence, hot dogs without nitrates and Pauline Phillips's 94th birthday! Who? Pauline Phillips is also known as Abigail Van Buren and even more known as the one and only advice guru Dear Abby. As an Abby myself, I have...

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