KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Pauline Phillips, the creator of the Dear Abby advice column, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, family members revealed Tuesday.
Pauline Phillips began writing the column after her twin sister, Esther Lederer, started writing a similar one for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1955. Lederer, who wrote as Ann Landers, died in June.
Phillips' daughter, Jeanne Phillips, now writes the Dear Abby column.
In a statement released Tuesday by the column's distributor, Universal Press Syndicate, the family said the deterioration of Pauline Phillips' memory has been slow.
Phillips, 84, has not been involved in the day-to-day business of the column for a couple of years.
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