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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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"GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY" - ZOE SALDANA
LONDON (AP) -- Zoe Saldana hopes fanboys find her sexy in "Guardians of the Galaxy" even though she has green skin. Saldana says green is not a sexy color. She says it's the color of vegetables, swamp things and "boogers." Saldana took a lot of time coming up with a shade of green that she hopes boys will like. "Guardians of the Galaxy" opens today.
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Zoe Saldana hopes fanboys find her sexy in "Guardians of the Galaxy." But as we hear from AP Entertainment Editor Michael Weinfeld, they'll have to get over the color of her skin.
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Zoe Saldana, actor
Zoe Saldana says green isn't a sexy color. ((longer version of cut in wrap))
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Zoe Saldana, actor
Zoe Saldana says she hopes she came up with a shade of green that fanboys will find sexy.
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Zoe Saldana, actor
Zoe Saldana says the color green has a bad reputation. ((longer version of cut in wrap))
"GET ON UP" - DAN AYKROYD
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dan Aykroyd has been a fan of James Brown ever since he saw him perform on top of a bar in Canada in 1968. It was at The Esquire Show Bar in Montreal. Aykroyd says Brown's Bolero heels were real close to their beers. And he was backed by his full band, too. Aykroyd plays Brown's manager in "Get On Up," which opens today.
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Dan Aykroyd, actor
Dan Aykroyd says he's been a fan of James Brown's since seeing him perform on top of a bar in Canada in 1968.
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Dan Aykroyd, actor
Dan Aykroyd says he was real close to James Brown when he was performing on top of a bar in Canada in 1968.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Syfy's "Sharknado" swallowed up nearly four million viewers Wednesday night. The ratings for "Sharknado 2: The Second One," nearly tripled the 1.37 million viewers who saw last summer's premiere of the original "Sharknado." The setting in the campy "Sharknado 2" moved from Los Angeles to New York City. The Big Apple is hit by a storm of rain and falling sharks. Syfy says "Sharknado 2" will air again tomorrow and Sunday.
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Sandy Kozel, AP correspondent
'Sharknado 2' whipped up a storm of viewers and tweets. AP correspondent Sandy Kozel reports.
"GODFATHER" MAKEUP ARTIST
NEW YORK (AP) -- The makeup artist who turned Marlon Brando into "The Godfather" and Linda Blair into a demon in "The Exorcist" has died. Dick Smith also gave Robert De Niro his mohawk in "Taxi Driver" and shared an Oscar for his work turning F. Murray Abraham into an old man in "Amadeus." He also turned Jonathan Frid into a vampire on "Dark Shadows." Smith was the first makeup artist to win an Oscar for lifetime achievement. He was 92.
AUDRA MCDONALD SUICIDE ATTEMPT
NEW YORK (AP) -- Audra McDonald reveals she once tried to kill herself. She told "Popcorn With Peter Travers" that she was in college at Julliard when she tried to slit her wrist. She was battling depression. She says she checked herself into a mental hospital for a month and got the help she needed. The people at Julliard urged her to stick with musical theater because that made her the happiest.
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