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Pauline Phillips, the woman behind the Dear Abby advice column, died today at the age of 94 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. The column will continue, written by Pauline’s daughter, Jean. Pauline told TMZ:

“I have lost my mother, my mentor and my best friend.”

She adds, “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.”

We look back on some of Dear Abby’s best pieces of advice:

On teenage sex:

“Kids grow up awfully fast these days. You should try to have a good relationship with your kids, no matter what they do.”

On Viagra:

“It’s wonderful. Men who can’t perform feel less than manly, and Viagra takes them right off the spot.”

If someone is suicidal:

“I’ll call them. I say, ‘This is Abby. How are you feeling? You sounded awfully low.’ And they say, ‘You’re calling me?’ After they start talking, you can suggest that they get professional help.”

On divorce:

“I always thought that marriage should be forever,” she explained. “I found out through my readers that sometimes the best thing they can do is part. If a man or woman is a constant cheater, the situation can be intolerable. Especially if they have children. When kids see parents fighting, or even sniping at each other, I think it is terribly damaging.”