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The unfortunate creature became a woman of the town.

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Among the many remarkable facts about Phillips (who took the name Abigail from the Bible and the surname from President Martin Van Buren) is that her identical twin sister, Esther “Eppie” Lederer, was in the same line of work – as columnist Ann Landers. They were born in Sioux City, Iowa, on July 4, 1918, and both worked on the Morningside College newspaper – and were even married in a double-ring ceremony on their birthday in 1939. Lederer, who took over the Chicago Sun-Times advice column in 1955, died in 2002, at 83. Phillips began her career when she was a 37-year-old housewife, having contacted the editors of the San Francisco Chronicle to tell them she could do better with their advice column. Her first byline appeared Jan. 9, 1956. “They gave her a bunch of letters, thinking that, that they would never see her again – and she immediately took all of the letters to my dad’s nearby office and whipped out answers and had answers back the same day. That knocked them off their feet,” her son, Eddie Phillips, once told ABC News.
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sngobel94:

I Love How Happy She Is To See Her Baby!!!!!

sngobel94:

I Love How Happy She Is To See Her Baby!!!!!

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thetrevorproject:

Today, we say farewell to the original ‘Dear Abby’ advice columnist, Pauline Phillips, who passed away at the age of 94. Dear Abby responded to many letters from LGBT youth over the years, often referring them to The Trevor Lifeline. Thank you, Pauline. You will be dearly missed.

Image is a black and white photo of “Dear Abby” with a quote from her saying “You could move…” in response to a reader who complained that a gay couple was moving in across the street and wanted to know what he could do to improve the quality of the neighborhood.

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