Phyllis Diller - August 20, 2014

Today we remember the one and only Phyllis Diller! She passed away on this day in 2012 at the age of 95. Diller—known for her bawdy laugh, wild style, and long cigarette holder—began her comedy career later in life, at the age of 38. She debuted at a San Francisco nightclub in 1955 and was off and running, quickly joining the talk and variety show circuit. In the 1960s, Diller appeared in movies, hosted her own TV show, and even starred on Broadway in Hello, Dolly!

TODAY’S TRIVIA QUESTION

Diller was a serious piano student who studied at the Sherwood Music Conservatory in Chicago. As of 2000, she had soloed with how many symphony orchestras throughout the United States?

a)   20

b)   50

c)    80

d)   100

Answer below!

TODAY’S CLIP

Watch Phyllis Diller doing stand-up in 1978.

QUOTES OF THE DAY

It's a good thing that beauty is only skin deep, or I'd be rotten to the core.

I love to go to the doctor. Where else would a man look at me and say "Take off your clothes"?

You know you're old when someone compliments you on your alligator shoes, and you're barefoot.

~Phyllis Diller

 

DID YOU KNOW…

Joan Rivers got her start writing jokes for Diller!

 

TRIVIA ANSWER

d) 100