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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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STEPHEN COLBERT GUESTS ON LETTERMAN'S SHOW
NEW YORK (AP) -- It was old meets new on Letterman last night. Stephen Colbert (kohl-BAYR'), who will be taking over for the retiring David Letterman, was a guest on the "Late Show." It was Colbert's first appearance since CBS made the announcement. Colbert says he has a simple plan for his new job -- he's going to do whatever Dave does. That got a laugh from Letterman and the audience. Colbert revealed he was offered an internship decades ago on Letterman's old NBC show. Colbert says he didn't take it because the job didn't pay and New York is an expensive city. Colbert's new gig will start sometime next year.
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Jamie Friar, AP correspondent
Stephen Colbert, who will be taking over for the retiring David Letterman, was on CBS' "Late Show" last night. The AP's Jamie Friar watched as Letterman introduced his successor. ((opens with sound))
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David Letterman welcomes the next host of the "Late Show." COURTESY: Worldwide Pants Productions ((mandatory on-air credit))
<<CUT ..003 (04/23/14)>> 00:13 "it's gone on (laughs)"
Stephen Colbert (kohl-BAYR') and David Letterman
Stephen Colbert jokes he'll be a clone of David Letterman. COURTESY: Worldwide Pants Productions ((mandatory on-air credit))
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David Letterman and Stephen Colbert (kohl-BAYR')
David Letterman says CBS made the right choice in picking Stephen Colbert. COURTESY: Worldwide Pants Productions ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Stephen Colbert (kohl-BAYR') and David Letterman
Stephen Colbert notes he was offered an intership on David Letterman's old show in 1986. COURTESY: Worldwide Pants Productions ((mandatory on-air credit))
DANI MOZ AND TJ WILKINS OUT ON "THE VOICE"
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Last night could have been a disaster for Team Shakira on "The Voice." Two of her three singers were in the bottom three and faced elimination. Tess Boyer and Dani Moz (MOHS) from Shakira's team and TJ Wilkins from Usher's team had to sing a final time each and hope to be saved by viewer tweets. It's Tess who gets the first "instant save" of the season. All the singers from both Team Adam and Team Blake were out of danger.
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Tess Boyer, performing "Dark Side"
Tess Boyer, performing "Dark Side." COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))
<<CUT ..007 (04/23/14)>> 00:08 "the best singers"
Shakira can't believe Tess Boyer faced elimination. ((Refers to Monday night as "last night")) COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Carson Daly announces which of the bottom three, Tess Boyer, Dani Moz or TJ Wilkins, is saved by the instant Twitter vote. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Aaron Paul doesn't mind it when fans call him Jesse. He realizes that most people know him for his character on "Breaking Bad." Paul says he's not like Jesse at all and he hopes his latest movie "Need for Speed" will show people he can play other roles.
<<CUT ..011 (04/23/14)>> 00:15 "carving some wood"
Aaron Paul says he hopes Jesse Pinkman has found peace.
<<CUT ..012 (04/23/14)>> 00:15 "kind of floored"
Aaron Paul says they knew from the start that "Breaking Bad" would be a classic.
<<CUT ..013 (04/23/14)>> 00:15 "from, from him"
Aaron Paul says he's used to having fans call him by his "Breaking Bad" character's name.
"VEEP" - JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Julia Louis-Dreyfus has more respect for politicians since starring in "Veep." She says she's impressed by how most can keep "their ideals and moral compass" while serving in Washington. She says "that's hard, man." Louis-Dreyfus says she doesn't know how they do it.
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Julia Louis-Drefus says she has more respect for politicans after playing one in "Veep."
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus says her favorite type of humor makes you squirm.
"VEEP" AND "SILICON VALLEY" RENEWED
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "Veep" is sticking around a while longer. HBO has renewed it for a fourth season. HBO also picked up "Silicon Valley" for a second season. It was renewed after only three episodes aired.
AARON SORKIN APOLOGIZES FOR "THE NEWSROOM"
NEW YORK (AP) -- Aaron Sorkin wishes he could have a do-over with "The Newsroom." He told an audience at the Tribeca Film Festival, "you and I got off on the wrong foot." He says "I apologize and I'd like to start over." Sorkin says he wasn't trying to teach journalists how to do their jobs. He says it was "a terrible misunderstanding." Sorkin will get a chance to do things differently in the third and final season.
COURTENEY COX - NO "FRIENDS" REUNION
NEW YORK (AP) -- Not that you were really expecting it, but Courteney Cox says there's no chance of a "Friends" TV reunion. Cox told David Letterman that she can't even get them all together for dinner. And you can forget a "Friends" movie, too. Cox points out that the show took place mostly in their apartments, so it would be hard to expand that into a movie.
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