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Dear Abby's Pauline Phillips Dies at 94
Pauline Phillips, the woman known to the world as Dear Abby, died Wednesday at age 94, a rep for Phillips daughter Jeanne confirmed to ABC News.
Phillips struggled with Alzheimers disease for years. By the mid-1990s, she was already co-writing her column with her daughter Jeanne and as the illness progressed, she passed on the torch completely. The original Dear Abby officially retired in 2002.
TMZ quoted Jeanne Thursday, saying: I have lost my mother, my mentor and my best friend. My mother leaves very big high heels to fill with a legacy of compassion, commitment and positive social change. I will honor her memory every day by continuing this legacy.
Before she became known to the world as Dear Abby, Phillips was a 37-year-old stay-at-home mom with a modest attitude.
I dont pretend to be an authority on journalism or on human relations, Phillips once said as her career began. I just happen to be a very happy, a very healthy, a very lucky young woman with a fascinating hobby.
She found fame in 1956 after reading the advice column that ran in the San Francisco Chronicle, and brazenly letting the editors know she could do better.
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 dads nearby office and whipped out answers and had answers back the same day. That knocked them off their feet, her son Eddie Phillips told Good Morning America in 2004.
Using the pseudonym Abigail Van Buren, Phillips went from housewife to Americas counselor in a career that spanned more than four decades. She counted celebrities, presidents, royalty and even a pope among her millions of fans. Her column was syndicated in more than 1,200 newspapers, and read by 95 million people a day.
Her twin sister Eppie Lederer became advice columnist Ann Landers. She died in 2002 at age 83.
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"DOWNTON ABBEY" - ALLEN LEECH
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Allen Leech wants fans to be excited about "Downton Abbey" without pestering him for details that ruin everything. Leech, who plays Tom Branson, says it's like pulling a loose thread: "People just want to know more and more and more and more." He believes it would be so much easier if "Downton Abbey" ran at the same time in both the U.K. and the U.S. He says that way he wouldn't have to worry about spoilers. "Downton Abbey" premieres on PBS in January. The premiere date in the U.K. has not been announced.
Allen Leech says it would be so much easier if British fans didn't blow the plot of "Downton Abbey" to fans in the United States.
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Laura Carmichael says her character, Lady Edith Crawley, is full of secrets going into season five.
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Laura Carmichael says her character, Lady Edith Crawley, is an emotional mess.
MICHAEL MOORE'S DIVORCE
BELLAIRE, Mich. (AP) -- They worked together on many of films. But in the end Michael Moore and Kathleen Glynn couldn't make their marriage work any longer. The filmmaker has gotten a final decree of divorce from his wife of two decades. The consent judgment of divorce was entered -- with the case closing on Tuesday. In his filing for divorce last year, Moore said his relationship with Glynn had broken down and there was "no reasonable likelihood" that the marriage could be saved. The couple married in 1991. Glynn served as producer or executive producer on many of Moore's documentaries, including "Fahrenheit 9/11," "Sicko" and "Capitalism: A Love Story."
ERIC STONESTREET-"MODERN FAMILY" HELPING TO CHANGE ATTITUDES
NEW YORK (AP) -- Eric Stonestreet says "Modern Family" is helping to change attitudes toward gays. He plays Cam on the ABC sitcom and married his partner Mitch in the season finale. Stonestreet says people come up to him to say the show has made it easier for them to come out to their families. He says parents tell him Mitch and Cam help them to understand their gay children. The two-time Emmy winner says when gay marriage became legal in California, it made sense to have his character tie the knot. When Modern Family returns in the fall, Stonestreet says Mitch and Cam will just be a regular married couple.
Eric Stonestreet says his gay relationship on "Modern Family" is something that even non-gays can understand.
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Eric Stonestreet says now that gay marriage is legal in California, the season finale of "Modern Family" featured the wedding of Mitch and Cam.
SHEMAR MOORE RETURNS TO Y&R
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Shemar Moore is going back to his roots: appearing on the daytime drama "The Young and the Restless." In his return in September, Moore will reunite with Kristoff St. John, who plays his on-screen brother. Moore says he's excited about returning to the CBS show where he got his start. He was a "Young and Restless" regular from 1994 to 2002, then returned in 2004-05. He won a Daytime Emmy for supporting actor in 2000.
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