- Ann T. Keene
Landers, Ann (04 July 1918–22 June 2002), syndicated columnist, was the pen name of Esther Pauline Lederer, who was born in Sioux City, Iowa, to Abraham B. Friedman, a peddler, and Rebecca Rushall. Her parents, Jews who had fled persecution in Russia, had immigrated to the United States ten years earlier. Beginning as a chicken peddler, Abraham Friedman, an astute businessman, saw an opportunity to make money in the up‐and‐coming movie industry and became an exhibitor and distributor. He eventually owned a chain of theaters in three midwestern states and became one of the first movie‐house operators to sell popcorn. In later life Eppie, as Esther was affectionately nicknamed, often said that her stable midwestern upbringing provided her with the basis for a happy life....