Comedian Phyllis Diller dead at age 95 - Comedy Career took off when she was 38 Years Old

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(Best Syndication News) - Comedian Phyllis Diller passed away today at the age of 95 in Los Angeles, California. Her outlandish costumes and hairstyles, along with her comedy, made her a household name in the 1960’s and beyond. Diller had many plastic surgery procedures, which she would often joke about during her comedy skits.

Diller was born in Lima, Ohio on July 17, 1917. Her name at birth was Phyllis Ada Driver. In college she studied piano at the Sherwood Music Conservatory in Chicago, Illinois. Then she transferred to Bluffton College in Ohio. Diller did not feel that she was good enough to give it a go as a professional pianist.

She married her first husband, Sherwood Anderson Diller, when she was 22 years old. She had six children with her first husband. One of her children passed away shortly after birth. Diller moonlighted as an advertising copywriter. The family moved to Michigan where her husband worked at the Willow Run Bomber Plant.

Later on, the family moved again to California for employment reasons. She worked as a secretary at a San Francisco TV station. She already was developing her comedic one-liners and had finally put together a nightclub act. In 1955, she was spotted by local TV hosts, Willard Anderson and Don Sherwood, who loved her act so much that she was asked to be on their show.

Diller was 38 years old when she made her big entrance into the comedy business. she landed a two-week gig at the San Francisco Purple Onion nightclub that lasted over a one-and-a-half years. This spurred her comedic career to new heights and she was later invited to be on a number of TV talk and variety shows. She made appearances with Jack Paar, Jack Benny, Red Skelton, and more.

Diller divorced her first husband in 1965 and married her second husband, Warde Donovan, the same year. In 1975, she divorced Donovan.

From 1966 and 1967, she landed her own TV show called The Phyllis Diller Show. Altogether there was 30 episodes.

The majority of her work was related to TV shows and TV movies. In 1998, Diller provided the voice for the Queen in Disney’s 3D animated film A Bugs Life. Her last work was in 2009 and was a short called Family Dinner.

By: Nancy Connors
Entertainment Reporter

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