I remember a time when her column would be the first item of the newspaper I would read. There were many occasions when it was the only thing I found interesting.
"Twins Esther Pauline Friedman [Lederer] and Pauline Esther Friedman [Phillips]"
Esther Pauline Friedman came into this world 17 minutes before her sister Pauline Esther Friedman. The identical twins dressed alike, took the same classes, even shared the same purse with one set of keys, one comb, and one lipstick. They slept in the same twin bed. The first time they were separated, in fact, was after their double wedding.
The middle-aged Esther Pauline hooked a job replacing the original Ann Landers at the Chicago Sun-Times
. Two months later, Pauline Esther started her own column with the San Francisco Chronicle
, calling herself Abigail Van Buren. Ann sniffed to Time that her sister Abby's column was "very imitative." The feud was on. For eight years, the two women who dispense advice to thousands could not resolve a petty family squabble.
Finally, the two were partially reconciled. They told journalists that they were "very close." Yet bitter feelings lived on. Seventeen years after making up, Abby said about Ann, "If she looked old, if she needed a face lift, believe me, it's because she needed it. I'm quite opposed to chopping myself up, but it was her right. Why not? When you cry a lot, it's got to show."
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Jules W. Lederer: founder of Budget Rent-a-Car; former husband of "Eppie" (aka advice columnist Ann Landers (Esther Pauline Friedman)
Source: Caskets On Parade ... Book of the Dead
Here are some more Ann Lander's quotes found attributed to her on the Internet.
If you want to catch trout, don't fish in a herring barrel.
Rose-colored glasses are never made in bifocals. Nobody wants to read the small print in dreams.
There are really only three types of people: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who say, "What happened?"
Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat.
Bragging is not an attractive trait, but let's be honest. A man who catches a big fish doesn't go home through an alley.
The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.
"If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity, it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high. Look it squarely in the eye, and say, "I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me."
"Nobody gets to live life backwards. Look ahead -- that's where your future lies."
"Class has a sense of humor. It knows that a good laugh is the best lubricant for oiling the machinery of human relations. Class never makes excuses. It takes its lumps and learns from past mistakes. Class bespeaks an aristocracy unrelated to ancestors or money. Some extremely wealthy people have no class at all, while others who are struggling to make ends meet are loaded with it. Class is real. You can't fake it. Class never tries to build itself up by tearing others down. Class is already up and need not attempt to look better by making others look worse. Everyone is comfortable with the person who has class because he is comfortable with himself. If you have class, you've got it made. If you don't have class, no matter what else you have, it won't make up for it."
"The best way to find something you have lost is to buy a replacement."
"The poor wish to be rich, the rich wish to be happy, the single wish to be married, and the married wish to be dead."
"If you have love in your life it can make up for a great many things you lack. If you don't have it, no matter what else there is, it's not enough."
"Maturity is the ability to do a job whether or not you are supervised, to carry money without spending it and to bear an injustice without wanting to get even."
[I advise keeping] four feet on the floor and all hands on deck.
~From pamphlet “Teenage Sex and Ten Ways to Cool It,” quoted in Newsweek 28 Jan 85
I was naive, but I certainly was not duplicitous.
~On recycling her advice columns, Time 17 May 82
All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the art of making love. Good battle is objective and honest--never vicious or cruel. Good battle is healthy and constructive, and brings to a marriage the principle of equal partnership. [Ann Landers Says Truth Is Stranger..., 1968]
"An open marriage is natures way of telling you that you need a divorce."