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Dorothy Dix
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    (November 18, 1861-December 16, 1951)
    Born on a plantation bordering Montgomery County, Tennessee and Todd County, Kentucky
    Birth name was Elizabeth Meriwether
    Married name was Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer
    Pseudonym comes from Dorothy Dixer, an Australian political term meaning someone who asks an easily-answered question
    Syndicated newspaper advice columnist (1923-51)
    Wrote the books 'Hearts A La Mode' (1915), 'My Trip Around the World' (1924) and 'Dorothy Dix - Her Book' (1926)
    Died of natural causes and interred in the Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans
    Her parents were slave owners.
    She was the precursor for nosy advice columnists to come, such as Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren.
    Her nickname was 'Mother Confessor to Millions.'
    She married her stepmother's brother.
    She married at 18 and stayed in a loveless marriage for 52 years until her husband died in a mental institution.
    She wrote the book 'How to Win and Hold a Husband (1939)' though her own hubby was a dreamer who couldn't hold a job.
    She began writing as therapy to escape from her husband's increasing delusional behavior.
    She became friends with the owner of the New Orleans Daily Picayune newspaper in 1893 and wrote her first column for him three years later.
    Since her husband could not maintain a job, she became the family breadwinner by default.
    At one point her column was featured in 273 newspapers around the world, including United Kingdom, South America, Australia and China.
    At her 1940 peak, she was receiving 100,000 letters a year and her estimated reading audience was about 60 million.
    Her 'Dictates for a Happy Life,' a ten-point plan for happiness, became a much loved and oft repeated tome.
    'Dorothy Dix Talks' became the world’s longest-running newspaper feature.
    She was given mention by Ralph Kramden in one of the classic 39 episodes of 'The Honeymooners.'

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