In this Associated Press file photo of Phyllis Diller, she was certainly stylish and way ahead of her time. That outfit is high fashion today. Here are a few of my favorite Diller quotes:
“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”
“Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home.”
Diller was born in Lima, Ohio, in 1917. Wikipedia offers a terrific bio on her. Read it here.
I remember seeing her as a kid with Ed Sullivan, Bob Hope, Jackie Gleason and Johnny Carson. She made appearances on The Jack Paar Show, Groucho Marx, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, 7th Heaven, The Drew Carey Show and she was the voice of many animated characters including herself.
Read a great tribute to her here.
She was a pioneer — one of the first female comics to make it big. She did it all when housewives were the norm — not comic women who made fun of themselves and their domestic inabilities. She paved the way for many other female comics. Read another bio here. Diller was married and divorced from two men. She gave birth to six children and three survive.
Rest in peace, Phyllis. I spent the morning smiling and watching some of her many gigs — and enjoying that iconic laugh.