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DiedJune 22, 2002, Chicago, Illinois, United States
SpouseJulius Lederer, Jules W. Lederer
FactFormer mother-in-law of Ken Howard.

Eppie Lederer (born July 4, 1918), better known by her pen name Ann Landers, was an American advice columnist and journalist. Her column was syndicated in more than 1,200 newspapers worldwide.

Born in Sioux City, Iowa, to Russian-Jewish immigrants, Lederer was the middle child of three sisters. Her father, Julius Lederer, owned a successful scrap-metal business. Her mother, Rebecca “Bessie” (née Friedman) Lederer, was a homemaker. Lederer’s older sister, Esther “Eppie” Pauline Friedman (later Epstein), became a well-known journalist and advice columnist as “Ann Landers”. Lederer’s younger sister, Margo Howard, also became an advice columnist, writing under the name “Dear Prudence”.

Lederer was educated at the Sioux City public schools and graduated from West High School in 1936. She then attended Morningside College in Sioux City, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English in 1940.

After college, Lederer moved to Chicago, where she worked as a volunteer for the war effort and took a job as a secretary at the Chicago Sun-Times. It was there that she met Jules Lederer, whom she married in 1942. The couple had two daughters, Margo and Diane.

In 1955, Lederer began writing her own column for the Sun-Times, “Ask Ann Landers”. The column was an instant success, and within a year it was syndicated in more than 200 newspapers. In 1975, the Lederers divorced, and Ann Landers moved to the Chicago Tribune, where her column continued to appear until her death in 2002.

Over the years, Lederer became one of the most popular and influential advice columnists in America. She wrote about a wide range of topics, from relationships and parenting to politics and social issues. In addition to her column, Lederer also wrote several books on topics such as child-rearing and etiquette.

Lederer was active in many charitable causes, including literacy and cancer research. She also served on the board of directors of the National Council of Jewish Women.

Lederer died of cancer on July 22, 2002, at the age of 83.

General Info

Full NameEppie Lederer
DiedJune 22, 2002, Chicago, Illinois, United States
EducationMorningside College


SpouseJulius Lederer, Jules W. Lederer
ChildrenMargo Howard
ParentsAbraham B. Friedman, Rebecca Rushall
SiblingsPauline Phillips


AwardsLasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award

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1Time wounds all heels.
2Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other.
3I intend to crank out this column as long as you find me useful and the good Lord gives me the strength to do it.
4I would rather have my column on a thousand refrigerator doors than win a Pulitzer.
5I owe a lot to my parents and to my Iowa heritage. I think that middle American values have helped me tremendously - the principles, the morality.
6The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.


1Grandmother of Adam Coleman Howard.
2Former mother-in-law of Ken Howard.
3Married Jules Lederer, founder of the Budget Rent-a-Car, and her sister Pauline married Morton Phillips in an elaborate Orthodox Jewish double wedding in the twins' hometown of Sioux City.
4She became the first journalist to win the Albert Lasker Public Service Award for her efforts in persuading Congress to approve millions of dollars for cancer research. (Ironically, she would later die of cancer herself).
5Daughter, Margo Howard, also has an advice column, called "Dear Prudence", which appears in Slate magazine.
6Coined the phrase "wake up and smell the coffee".
7Psychology Today once gave her credit for likely having more influence on the way people work out their problems than any other person of her era.
8One daughter, Margo Howard (with husband Jules Lederer).
9Once referred to Pope John Paul II as a "polack" but later apologized for doing so.
10Her column first appeared in print October 16, 1955, in the Chicago Sun-Times.
11At the time of her death, her column was carried in more than 1,200 newspapers around the world, with a readership of 90 million.
12A 1978 World Almanac survey named her the most influential woman in the United States.
13Identical twin sister of Abigail Van Buren (who wrote for the advice column "Dear Abby"). She is 17 minutes older than Abby.
14Was the daughter of Russian immigrants.
15She and her sister and their husbands married in a double ceremony.
16Attended Morningside College.
17Popular newspaper advice columnist.



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