Tuesday, August 21, 2012

THE LOVELY ONES: Phyllis Diller

Phyllis Diller
(Phyllis Ada Driver)

Did you know......

1. She was born on July 17, 1917 in Lima, Ohio
2. Although she pretended to smoke during her stand-up act and had a cigarette holder as permanent prop, she was a lifelong non-smoker.
3. For three years after high school, she formally study the piano at the Sherwood Music Conservatory of Columbia College Chicago and became an accomplished pianist who performed with over 100 symphony orchestras throughout her lifetime.
4. She was a suburban housewife in San Francisco with five children and a husband whose job while steady was a step down for him. It was her husband who eventually convinced her to make money with the talent she regularly displayed in PTA skits.

To learn more about the legendary Phyllis Diller, Lily Lemontree recommends Like a Lampshade In a Whorehouse: My Life In Comedy (Phyllis Diller/Richard Bushkin)

1 comment:

Daisy Nguyen said...

LOVE Phyllis! RIP, and thanks for all the laughs!
-Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog: