Ann Landers hated her sister, Dear Abby

Ann Landers and Abagail Van Buren were twin Jewish sisters who assumed comically exaggerated WASP names and became America’s most famous “agony aunts:” advice columnists in the latter half of the 20th century. Both walked the line between traditional American values while being somewhat liberal with issues such as birth control and abortion. Although they were slow to embrace gay rights, they did not think homosexuality should be a crime. Famously against divorce, Ann Landers nonetheless divorced her own husband in the mid ’70’s. I’ve read more Ann than Abby, but over time I noticed Ann Landers’ advice could always be boiled down to two short sentences: “STOP IT. SEE A SHRINK.” Indeed, Ann L

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