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:

Francesca: [thinking] I can make the doctor's secrets mine before he bestows them on that Felix Flanken. And I can use Dracula to help me.
The Monster's Mate: Baby, Francesca is up to something with that Dracula. They both bear watching. Besides, it's her own fault for thinking so loud.

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

Police Sgt. Jasper Lynch: [thinking Golda has been sneaking around with his boss] How long has this been going on?
Golda: About thirty seconds. I knew you'd find out, sooner or later.

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Phyllis Diller Facts
In the mid-1960s, the trademark quirky dresses that she wore during performances were designed by Gloria Johnson of Omaha, Nebraska. Phyllis jokingly referred to Johnson as 'Omar of Omaha,' as tent dresses were in vogue at the time.

Studied at Chicago's Sherwood Music Conservatory for three years before eloping with Sherwood Anderson Diller in 1939.

Her second marriage, to actor Warde Donovan, actually lasted only nine weeks.

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