Phyllis Diller

Comedian, Actor, Concert pianist
A groundbreaking pioneer in American comedy, comedienne Phyllis Diller represented the face of the female stand-up comic for a generation of baby boomers. She predated Roseanne Barr's "Domestic Goddess" shtick by more ... Read more »
Born: 07/16/1917 in Lima, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (133)

Lunch Time Special 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Pioneers of Television 2008, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Still Life 2014 (Movie)

Mrs. Stratford (Actor)

Dukes of Melrose 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

How to Live Forever 2011 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

As the World Turns 1955 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Unbeatable Harold 2009 (Movie)

Mrs Clancy (Actor)

Blossom 1966 - 1967, 1993 - 1995, 1998 - 1999, 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boy Meets World 1966 - 1967, 1993 - 1995, 1998 - 1999, 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cybill 1966 - 1967, 1993 - 1996, 1998 - 1999, 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2008 (Tv Show)

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Diagnosis Murder 1966 - 1967, 1993 - 1999, 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2008 (Tv Show)

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Jury Duty 2005 - 2008 (Tv Show)

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King of the Hill 1966 - 1967, 1998 - 1999, 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Voice

Last Comic Standing 1966 - 1967, 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2008 (Tv Show)

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The Colgate Comedy Hour 1966 - 1967, 2005 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boston Legal 2007 (Tv Show)

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Book of Daniel 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Robot Chicken 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Voice

Who Killed the Electric Car? 2006 (Movie)

(Actor)

Quintuplets 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Aristocrats 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Last Place on Earth 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Moto X Kids 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

100 Years of Hope and Humor 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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7th Heaven 1999, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

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Arli$$ 1996 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Even Stevens 2000 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Life With Bonnie 2003 (Tv Show)

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Marshalls' Women In Comedy 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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The Drew Carey Show 2002 (Tv Show)

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The Test 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Titus 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hollywood Off-Ramp 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Phyllis Diller: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Tiny Tim: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

People Count: Six Billion 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Phyllis Diller: First Lady of Laughter 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Everything's Jake 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Gypsy Rose Lee: Naked Ambition 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Debtors 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Great American History Quiz 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

A Bug's Life 1998 (Movie)

of the Queen (Voice)

Liberace: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nuttiest Nutcracker 1998 (Movie)

of Sugar Plum Fairy (Voice)

The New Adventures of Captain Planet 1990 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

Circus of the Stars Goes to Disneyland 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Lassie Unleashed: 280 Dog Years in TV 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle 1993 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope's Birthday Memories 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Nashville Now 1982 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Silence of the Hams 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bob Hope Presents the Ladies of Laughter 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope: The First Ninety Years 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Carol Leifer: Gaudy, Bawdy & Blue 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Happily Ever After 1993 (Movie)

of Mother Nature (Voice)

More of the Best of the Hollywood Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Perfect Man 1993 (Movie)

Margaret (Actor)

The 6th Annual American Comedy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Very Best of The Ed Sullivan Show -- II 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Wisecracks 1992 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Boneyard 1991 (Movie)

Miss Poopinplatz (Actor)

The Nutcracker Prince 1990 (Movie)

of Mouse Queen (Voice)

Hope News Network 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Pucker Up and Bark Like a Dog 1989 (Movie)

Mrs. Frasco (Actor)

America's Tribute to Bob Hope 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Dr. Hackenstein 1988 (Movie)

Mrs Trilling (Actor)

Friday Night Surprise! 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope's High-Flying Birthday Extravaganza 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Fame, Fortune & Romance 1985 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope Buys NBC? 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Funny 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tenth Annual Circus of the Stars 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope's Happy Birthday Homecoming 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Blondes vs. Brunettes 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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Bob Hope Special: Happy Birthday, Bob! 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Whatever Became Of...? 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Funny Valentine 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Pink Motel 1981 (Movie)

Margaret (Actor)

Take One Starring Jonathan Winters 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Leapin' Lizards, It's Liberace 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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The Gong Show 1975 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Swing Out, Sweet Land 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sunshine Boys 1975 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Shape of Things 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Hope Show (12/10/72) 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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The Bob Hope Show (09/13/71) 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

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Plimpton! Did You Hear the One About...? 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Hope Show (10/05/70) 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Hope Show (04/13/70) 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Adding Machine 1969 (Movie)

Mrs Zero (Actor)

The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

Did You Hear the One About the Traveling Saleslady? 1968 (Movie)

Agatha Knabenshu (Actor)

The Bob Hope Show (09/20/67) 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell 1968 (Movie)

Nurse Nellie Krause (Actor)

Mad Monster Party 1967 (Movie)

The Monster's Mate (Voice)

The Pruitts of Southampton 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Eight on the Lam 1966 (Movie)

Golda (Actor)

Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! 1965 (Movie)

Lily (Actor)

The Fat Spy 1965 (Movie)

(Actor)

Splendor in the Grass 1961 (Movie)

Texas Guinan (Actor)

Maniac 1933 (Movie)

Mrs Buckley (Actor)

An Evening at the Improv (TV Show)

Actor

CHiPs (TV Show)

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Dream On (TV Show)

Actor

I Am Comic (TV Show)

Actor

Kiss My Act (TV Show)

Actor

Liberace: Mr. Showmanship (TV Show)

Actor

Minsky's Follies (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A groundbreaking pioneer in American comedy, comedienne Phyllis Diller represented the face of the female stand-up comic for a generation of baby boomers. She predated Roseanne Barr's "Domestic Goddess" shtick by more than two decades, shooting to stardom in the 1950s with her eccentric, strangely attired housewife alter ego. An ironic underdog with a head of frazzled hair and excessive make-up, Diller endeared herself to an era of prosperous post-war middle Americans through stand-up, as well as musical and comedy routines. Her countless television appearances made Diller a household name, and she was forever seen in daytime talk shows and comedy-driven game shows like "The Hollywood Squares" (NBC, 1966-1980; 1983-84) and "The Gong Show" (NBC, 1976-1989) as a comic "personality," forever puffing smoke from a long cigarette holder, and shooting off rapid-fire punch lines punctuated with her trademark loud, distinctive cackle.

Relationships

Sherwood Diller

Husband
Married Nov. 4, 1939 Divorced September 1965 Died 1993

Sally Diller

Daughter
Born 1944; father, Sherwood Anderson Diller

Perry Diller

Son
Born Feb. 3, 1950; father, Sherwood Anderson Diller

Peter Diller

Son
Born 1940; father, Sherwood Anderson Diller Died 1998 of cancer

Warde Donovan Actor

Husband
Married Oct. 7, 1965 Divorced July 1975

Perry Driver

Father

Frances Driver

Mother

Robert Hastings

Companion
Together from c. 1985 until his death May 1996

Suzanne Miles

Daughter
Born 1946; father, Sherwood Anderson Diller

Stephanie Waldron

Daughter
Born 1948; father, Sherwood Anderson Diller Died 2002 of a stroke

EDUCATION

Sherwood Music Conservatory

Chicago , Illinois 1935 - 1937

Bluffton College

Bluffton , Ohio 1938 - 1939
studied music

Milestones

2009

Featured in the documentary "How to Live Forever"

2007

Made a cameo on ABC's "Boston Legal"

2006

Provided guest voice work on Fox animated series "Family Guy"

2005

Wrote memoir Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse

1999

Landed recurring guest role on "The Bold and the Beautiful" (CBS)

1998

Voiced the Queen in the animated feature "A Bug's Life"

1993

Landed recurring role on the NBC series "Blossom"

1993

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1987

Voiced The White Queen in animated feature "Alice Through the Looking Glass"

1983

Appeared on the NBC game shows "Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour" and "Celebrity Hot Potato"

1979

Acted in the comedy "A Pleasure Doing Business"

1972

Went public with the first of her numerous plastic surgeries (a facelift), including jokes about it in her comedy routines

1969

Starred in "Hello, Dolly!" on Broadway; took over the role after Carol Channing, Ginger Rogers, Martha Raye, and Betty Grable had played the part of Dolly Gallagher Levi

1968

Starred in the feature "Did You Hear the One About the Traveling Saleslady?"

1968

Headlined the NBC variety series "The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show"

1966

TV series debut, "The Pruitts of Southampton" (ABC); later re-named "The Phyllis Diller Show"

1966

Made first of three films with Hope, "Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number!"

1965

Began long professional relationship with Bob Hope as guest on his numerous variety specials; also later traveled with Hope to Vietnam to entertain U.S. troops

1961

Stage acting debut, "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs"

1961

Cast in film debut as famed 1920s nightclub hostess Texas Guinan in "Splendor in the Grass"

1957

Made debut as comedienne at the Purple Onion in San Francisco at age 40

1955

Auditioned at the Purple Onion in San Francisco, CA

Bonus Trivia

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Diller suffered a heart attack in February 1999.

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She was the first female inducted into the Friars Club Wall of Fame in 2001.

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