Jeanne Phillips (; born 1942), also known as Abigail Van Buren, is an American advice columnist who has written for the advice column Dear Abby. She is the daughter of Pauline Esther “Popo” Phillips, who founded Dear Abby in 1956, and her husband, Morton Phillips.
In a Dear Abby column on December 12, 2000, Pauline introduced Jeanne as co-editor of Dear Abby. They began to share the byline “Abigail Van Buren”, and both were pictured with the column. Jeanne officially assumed the mantle of Dear Abby in July 2002, when the Phillips family made the announcement that Pauline had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Although the change took place in 2000, the official statement, that included adding “Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips” at the bottom of each column, did not take place until July of 2002. Jeanne Phillips continues to write under the pen name “Abigail Van Buren”.Jeanne Phillips’ Dear Abby column is syndicated in about 1,400 newspapers in the U.S. with a combined circulation of more than 110 million. Dear Abby’s website receives about 10,000 letters per week, seeking advice on a large variety of personal matters.