Phyllis Diller Overview:

Legendary actress, Phyllis Diller, was born Phyllis Ada Driver on Jul 17, 1917 in Lima, OH. Diller died at the age of 95 on Aug 20, 2012 in Brentwood, CA .


Explosive American comedian who followed success on television with a few appearances in films that found it hard to contain her firework style in the framework of a plot. She returned to television and to the nightclub work which had first brought her success. Began her career at 38 after bringing up a family of five.

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She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Television. Diller was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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In Memoriam: (1917-2012)

By Will McKinley on Aug 20, 2012 From Cinematically Insane

was a pioneer in the art of stand-up comedy. Beginning on radio in the early 1950s and moving to clubs mid-decade, Diller played rooms that had literally never featured a female unless she was taking off her clothes. Diller’s act was riddled with self-deprecation, but the sheer ... Read full article

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Phyllis Diller Quotes:

Henry Dimsdale: [to himself] All I have to do now is figure out what I have to do now.
Golda: [butting in] Get out of town.
Henry Dimsdale: Hey, how do you know what happened?
Golda: I've got wall-to-wall ears.

Lily: The whole thing sounds underhanded, disgraceful and messy, and you can count on me.

[Uttering a line harkening back to Phyllis and Bob's previous movie together]
Golda: Boy, have YOU got a wrong number.

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Worked as a copywriter before becoming a comedian.

She had a total of six children, though only three are still living as at July 2006, including youngest son Perry Diller who has appeared in at least two TV documentaries on his mother.

Before Joan Rivers made it as a stand-up comic, she wrote jokes for Phyllis Diller.

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