LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The woman behind the famed “Dear Abby” column, Pauline Phillips, has died following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Phillips, 94, died Wednesday in Minneapolis and private funeral services were held Thursday, according to the Associated Press.READ MORE: Jo Lasorda, Wife Of Dodgers Legend Tommy Lasodra, Passes Away At 91
The “Dear Abby” column first ran in the San Francisco Chronicle in 1955 – the same year Phillips’ twin sister, Esther, began writing a competing column under the name Ann Landers.
As Abigail Van Buren, Phillips gave out advice that could be breezy, critical or compassionate.READ MORE: WATCH: A Sneak Peek Of The Highly-Anticipated Academy Museum
In 2002, Phillips’ daughter, Jeanne, took over the column, which runs in more than 1,000 newspapers.
“My mother leaves very big high heels to fill with a legacy of compassion, commitment and positive social change,” Jeanne Phillips said in a statement, according to the AP.MORE NEWS: Driver Killed, 5 Injured In El Monte Shooting, Crash
Fans have placed flowers on Phillips’ star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.