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Pauline Phillips, the woman behind the famous "Dear Abby" advice column, has died. She was 94.

Phillips died Wednesday after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease, her rep told TMZ.

"I have lost my mother, my mentor and my best friend," her daughter Jeanne Phillips, who took over "Dear Abby," told the site. "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."

A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Phillips started her journalism career at Morningside College, where she and her twin sister, Eppie Lederer — who would go on to pen the "Ask Ann Landers" advice column — wrote for the school paper. After moving to the Bay Area, Phillips, then 37 and a stay-at-home housewife, called the editor of The San Francisco Chronicle in 1956 and audaciously told him that she could write a better advice column than the paper's current one.

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