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 answers the front door while holding his engagement ring for Ellie]
Golda: Oh, Henry, you shouldn't have!
Henry Dimsdale: I didn't.
Golda: I know, but I love to watch a coward squirm.

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

The Monster's Mate: Remember what happened the last time you had a roving eye? I kept it in a jar for a week. Ah-ha-ha-ha-ha.

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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.

Breakthrough came in March, 1955, age 37, with debut at San Francisco's Purple Onion club, and career was launched with subsequent appearance on Jack Paar's show. Later got major boost from Bob Hope, who saw Diller in a Washington, D.C. club. She went on to appear in 3 of Hope's movies and 23 of his TV specials.

Earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1993.

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