Phyllis Diller

Phyllis Diller

Lima, Allen County, Ohio, USA
Death 20 Aug 2012 (aged 95)
Brentwood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea, Specifically: Pacific Ocean
Memorial ID 95668054 · View Source
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Comedienne, Actress. She created a stage persona of a wild-haired, eccentrically dressed housewife who makes self-deprecating jokes about her age and appearance, her terrible cooking, and a husband named "Fang". She began her career at a radio station in Oakland, California, in 1952. In November of that year, she began filming a television show titled 'Phyllis Dillis, the Homely Friendmaker'. In March of 1955, she made her first appearance as a stand-up at The Purple Onion Comedy Club and remained there for 87 straight weeks. Her fame expanded when she co-starred with Bob Hope in 23 television specials and three films in the 1960s: 'Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number', 'Eight on the Lam' and 'The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell'. Among other films she appeared in were 'Splendor in the Grass' (1961), 'The Fat Spy' (1963), 'Did You Hear the One About the Traveling Saleslady?' (1968), 'The Sunshine Boys' (1975), 'A Pleasure Doing Business' (1979), 'Doctor Hackenstein' (1988), 'The Boneyard' (1991) and 'Everything's Jake' (2000). She also lent her distinctive voice to numerous films including 1967s 'Mad Monster Party'. She also starred in her own television variety specials such as 'The Phyllis Diller Special', 'An Evening with Phyllis Diller' and 'The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show' as well as countless appearances as herself on many other television shows. Diller, who was also an accomplished pianist and painter, died at her home after a prolonged illness.

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  • Added: 20 Aug 2012
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Phyllis Diller (17 Jul 1917–20 Aug 2012), Find a Grave Memorial no. 95668054, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea, who reports a Pacific Ocean.