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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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JAY LENO-COMEDY AWARD
WASHINGTON (AP) -- He has told many a joke during his career. But last night, he was the target of most of the humor. Jay Leno was given the nation's top humor award. Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld and Wanda Sykes were among those paying tribute to Leno at the Kennedy Center in Washington last night -- as he received the Mark Twain Prize. Previous winners include Carol Burnett, Will Ferrell and Bill Cosby. The event was recorded and will be broadcast nationally on Nov. 23 on PBS.
Jay Leno was honored with the nation's top humor prize Sunday, as the AP's Jamie Friar reports.
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DAVID LETTERMAN-CUE CARD GUY
NEW YORK (AP) -- The guy who has handled David Letterman's cue cards for years will have to handle something else -- unemployment. He has lost his job -- after getting into a dispute with a co-worker. Tony Mendez tells the New York Post he was let go after grabbing a co-worker by the shirt. The incident happened behind the scenes at "Late Show with David Letterman." Mendez, who's 60, says he knows he was wrong -- saying he should not have gone after a co-worker. He says Letterman was unaware of any beef between the two workers. Mendez was familiar to "Late Show" viewers, having appeared in episodes of the show going back to at least 1997.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's intense and bloody. It's also the nation's top movie. Brad Pitt's "Fury" has fought its way to the number one slot at the box office, taking in $23.5 million in ticket sales. The rise of Fury drops the previous top film to second place. "Gone Girl" had been at the top for the past two weeks before dropping down a notch with a box office take of $17.8 million. Number three is the animated movie "The Book of Life," followed by Disney's "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" with $12 million. Rounding out the top five is another new film, "The Best of Me," with $10.2 million.
After a chilly financial summer -- things are looking up a bit for Hollywood. The AP's Jamie Friar looks at the weekend box office numbers.
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This is an excerpt from the World War II drama "Fury," which was number one at the weekend box office.
BRAD PITT-LONDON FILM FEST
LONDON (AP) -- While it was making news at the box office here in the U.S., Brad Pitt's new movie was rounding out the London Film Festival. Pitt walked the red carpet before the screening of "Fury" -- the often brutal tale of at a tank crew doing battle in the closing months of World War II. The London festival handed out prizes for films this past Saturday.
MISTY UPHAM-BODY ID'D
SEATTLE (AP) -- Officials near Seattle confirmed what has been feared since last week: that the body found in a ravine is that of missing actress Misty Upham. Authorities say the actress died Oct. 5 -- the same day her family told police the actress was suicidal. The medical examiner's office has identified the body of the Native American actress -- but the cause and manner of her death are still being determined. Things with Upham's name on them were found nearby and authorities say there were no signs of foul play. Upham starred in the movies "August: Osage County," "Frozen River" and "Django Unchained."
CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) -- A motorcycle said to have been featured in the movie "Easy Rider" has been sold at auction. The Profiles in History auction house isn't identifying who ponied up the $1.35 million for the famed "Captain America" chopper that the house says was ridden in the 1969 movie. But it describes bidding for the Harley-Davidson bike as fierce.
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) -- So, which are the "greenest" TV shows? According to an organization that monitors environmental issues -- there are a few that make the grade. The Environmental Media Association says the shows "New Girl," "Parenthood" and "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" have been recognized for their support of green initiatives. The shows received their awards at an event this past Saturday in Burbank, California. Ed Begley Jr. is a member of the board, which encourages those in the entertainment field to educate the public about environmental issues.
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