PHYLLIS DILLER BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Phyllis Diller was born on July 17th, 1917 in Loma, Ohio with the birth name Phyllis Ada Driver, born to Perry Marcus and Frances Ada Romshe. Her career as an actress began quite late in life when she was thirty seven years old and working at a laundry facility where she would write and perform comedic routines for her fellow employees.
After graduating from Lima's Central High School, Diller then enrolled at the Sherwood Music Conservatory in Chicago, Illinois where she studied for three years before transferring to Buffton College in Ohio.
Prior to working as an actress, she married young at the age of twenty two, worked various jobs such as a advertising copywriter and later a secretary at a San Francisco television station.
She began to put together a nightclub comedic act even though at this time a stand up female comedian was unheard of. Two local television hosts, Willard Anderson and Don Sherwood felt her act was top notch and invited her to perform it on their show in 1955.
At the age of thirty eight she broke into the entertainment industry performing live at the Purple Onion nightclub in San Francisco. She remained performing here nightly for over a year and a half and her popularity and fan based increased so fast that soon, Diller was being seen as a guest on a variety of television talk shows.
Bob Hope took Diller under his wing and showcased her on 26 variety shows over the years and she even accompanied Bob on his USO tours to Vietnam during the war there.
By the early 60's she was adding to her resume roles on such films as, "Splendor in the Grass" (1961) starring Warren Beatty, Natalie Wood, Pat Hingle, Gary Lockwood and Sandy Dennis, "Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number!" (1966) starring with Bob Hope, Elke Sommer and Marjorie Lord, "Eight on the Lam" (1967) co-starring Bob Hope, Jill St. John, Shirley Eaton and Jonathan Winters, "The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell" (1968) starring Bob Hope, Jeffrey Hunter, Henry Wilcoxon, Dick Sargent and Gina Lollobrigida and "Did You Hear the One About the Traveling Saleslady" (1968) starring alongside Bob Denver, Joe Flynn, David Hartman and Jeanette Nolan.
In addition to film work she added such television credits to her resume as, "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In", "The Hollywood Squares", "The Gong Show", "The Phyllis Diller Show", "The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show", "Boston Legal", "The Red Skelton Hour" and "Seventh Heaven".
As her career progressed more substantial film roles began to be offered to her with roles on such features as, "The Adding Machine" (1969), "Pink Motel" (1982) with Slim Pickens, "The Boneyard" (1991) with Ed Nelson and Norman Fell and "The Silence of the Hams" (1994) starring Dom DeLuise, Billy Zane, Charlene Tilton, Martin Balsam, Mel Brooks, John Astin, Bubba Smith and Shelley Winters. She has also lent her voice to such voice over projects as the animated films, "A Bug's Life" (1998) and the television series, "Robot Chicken" (2005-2006).
Along with her career as a comedian and actress she also loved painting and published her autobiography, "Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse" (2005) and the books, "Phyllis Diller's Housekeeping Hints" and "Phyllis Diller's Marriage Manual".
Diller married twice throughout her lifetime, first in 1939 to Sherwood Anderson and they had six children before her career finally took a toll on their marriage which came to an end in 1965. She then married entertainer, Warde Donovan in 1965 however, this marriage lasted only nine weeks.
Phyllis Diller did not re-marry and her most recent roles were doing voice over work on the animated series, "Family Guy" as well as the voice of Pelops in the film, "Light of Olympia" and her final role was on the video short, "Family Dinner" (2009). She passed away on August 20th 2012 at the age of ninety five at her home in Los Angeles, California.
A few great light hearted quotes from Phyllis...
"It's a good thing that beauty is only skin deep, or I'd be rotten to the core."
"I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford. Then I want to move in with them."
"Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home."
"A bachelor is a guy who never made the same mistake once."
"My recipe for dealing with anger and frustration: set the kitchen timer for twenty minutes, cry, rant, and rave, and at the sound of the bell, simmer down and go about business as usual."
"Whatever you may look like, marry a man your own age - as your beauty fades, so will his eyesight."
"You know you're old when your favorite drink is Metamucil" Ha, ha, ha...
Phyllis Diller is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to the entertainment industry.
2009 Family Dinner
2008 Light of Olympia
2006-2007 Family Guy
2006 Casper's Scare School
2005-2006 Robot Chicken
2006 Unbeatable Harold
2006 The Book of Daniel
2006 Forget About It
1999-2004 The Bold and the Beautiful
2004 The Powerpuff Girls
2004 West from North Goes South
2002-2004 The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
2004 Motocross Kids
2003 Life with Bonnie
1999-2003 7th Heaven
2002 Even Stevens
2002 The Drew Carey Show
2002 Hip! Edgy! Quirky!
2002 The Last Place on Earth
2000 Hollywood Off-Ramp
2000 Everything's Jake
1999 The Nuttiest Nutcracker
1999 Hey Arnold!
1999 The Debtors
1999 The Wild Thornberrys
1999 King of the Hill
1998-1999 Emily of New Moon
1998 A Bug's Life
1997 Peoria Babylon
1994 Boy Meets World
1994 Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle
1994 The Silence of the Hams
1993 Dream On
1993 The Perfect Man
1992 Carol Leifer: Gaudy, Bawdy & Blue
1991 The Boneyard
1991 Captain Planet and the Planeteers
1990 The Nutcracker Prince
1990 Happily Ever After
1990 Pucker Up and Bark Like a Dog
1988 Doctor Hackenstein
1988 Night Heat
1987 Jonathan Winters: On the Ledge
1987 Alice Through the Looking Glass
1985 Tales from the Darkside
1984 As the World Turns
1982 Pink Motel
1979-1982 The Love Boat
1979 A Pleasure Doing Business
1975 Uncle Croc's Block
1973 The Shape of Things
1969-1973 Love, American Style
1973 Wait Till Your Father Gets Home
1966-1971 The Red Skelton Hour
1971 Rod Serling's Night Gallery
1970 Swing Out, Sweet Land
1969 The Good Guys
1969 Get Smart
1969 The Adding Machine
1969 That's Life
1968 Did You Hear the One About the Traveling Saleslady?
1968 The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell
1966-1967 The Phyllis Diller Show
1967 Eight on the Lam
1967 Mad Monster Party?
1966 Hollywood Star Spangled Revue
1966 Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number!
1966 The Fat Spy
1961 Splendor in the Grass