Dear Abby

“Its only work, if you would rather be doing something else.” So were the words of Pauline Phillips, or better know as ‘Dear Abby’ – Abigail Van Buren.

'Dear Abby' - the column that brought people together & changed lives.

Born in the US in 1818 to Russian immigrants,  Pauline found an unlikely career in journalism as a columnist in the 1950′. on a recommendation from her twin sister, Anne Landers, also a columnist, Pauline’s new career started at age 37! Never too late AND may I add into a very ‘male’ dominated workforce at the time. It’s said Pauline phoned the editor of The San Francisco Chronicle and told him she could write a better advice column than the one she read in his pages. To her surprise, he invited her for an interview. I’d say…GUTSY! The first “Dear Abby” column appeared in The Chronicle on Jan. 9, 1956, the rest my friends, shall we say.. is history!!

Dear Abby - Pauline's non-fuss approach to her column is legendary.








1950's 'Dear Abby' style!







Pauline & her column became a worldwide sensation. Her wit, calm & frank, yet practical advise made ‘Dear Abby’ a household name. Even here in Australia, as a child I was well aware of ‘Dear Abby’ & the association this ‘title’ brought. ‘Dear Abby” – It is a line that has and will remain part of modern language culture.. becoming larger than the ‘column’ it had originally been associated with.

A changing 1950’s world saw a ‘house-wife’ become a ‘star’ through journalism. Here’s just a few quotes I love….

“If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.”

“The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good.”

“The less you talk, the more you’re listened to.”

“People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.”

Pauline's advice spanned to a radio audience..for which she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.








Mother & Daughter.. Pauline handed the mantle to her daughter to continue.








Sharing  her column in 2000 with her daughter, Pauline continued to review & answer the masses with her down to earth wisdom well into her 70’s. She wrote a number of books & had a radio show for which there is a ‘STAR’ memorialising it on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.  After a battle with Alzheimer’s in January 2013, Pauline passed aged 94. Pauline’s daughter,  Jeanne Phillips summed it up beautifully.. “”My mother leaves very big high heels to fill with a legacy of compassion, commitment and positive social change..” – SOCIAL CHANGE.. an innovator, in her own way, in her time.. AND high-heels.. ahhh Dear Abby, you will be remembered.

 Love, Love April xx

Pauline Phillips - 'Dear Abby' remembered.




– Please consider making your own change by considering,  one, educating ourselves re Alzheimer’s disease & Dementia related illness and two, by contacting a foundation nearest you & offering support/donation. –



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