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Abigail Van Buren

Abigail Van Buren

Born Pauline Friedman, Abigail Van Buren was best known for her “Dear Abby” column and the witty, commonsense advice she gave hundreds of millions of readers.

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On Being a Jewish Mother, Professionally

I am an actress, currently rehearsing a one-woman show at the Nora Theatre in Cambridge, MA.  I play Ann Landers, a.k.a. Eppie Lederer. The title of the show is The Lady With All the Answers.

Birth of advice-givers Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren

July 4, 1918

Advice columnists Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abby) were born as Esther Pauline and Pauline Esther Friedman.

Abigail Van Buren

In 1990 alone, advice columnist “Dear Abby” and her staff received over fifty-five thousand letters from men and women of all ages, classes, nationalities, sexual orientations, and religions.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Abigail Van Buren." (Viewed on December 20, 2014) <http://jwa.org/taxonomy/term/16344>.

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