Monday, August 20, 2012
Remembering Phyllis Diller 1917 - 2012
I grew up watching comedian Phyllis Diller on television, and whenever the weekday afternoon movie showed one of her films with Bob Hope like Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! (1966) or Eight on the Lam (1967), I would always tune in. She died earlier today at age 95, and below I've selected some videos to celebrate her life and career:
Diller made her stand-up debut at The Purple Onion, a San Francisco club, on March 7, 1955, and she performed there for 87 straight weeks. Below in the 2008 TV documentary, Pioneers of Television, she discusses her very first television appearance as a contestant on Groucho Marx's quiz show, You Bet Your Life, on January 30, 1958.
Below you can watch Diller perform her stand-up act and star in a 1967 TV commercial for Snowy Bleach.
Diller starred in two short-lived TV series - the 1966-67 ABC sitcom, The Pruitts of Southampton (later retitled The Phyllis Diller Show), and the 1968 NBC variety show, The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show. She also appeared on many other TV series over the years, including The New Scooby-Doo Movies (1972) and the daytime soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful (1995-2004, 2012).
Host Phyllis Diller, Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Phil Harris and The 5th Dimension sing "Music to Watch Girls By" on a 1967 episode of the ABC variety show, The Hollywood Palace.
Diller was a guest on The Liberace Show on May 23, 1969.
Below you can listen to Diller sing the Rolling Stones hit, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" on her 1970 album, Born to Sing. She also starred in the Broadway musical, Hello, Dolly!, for three months in 1969-70.
Diller roasts Joan Collins on a 1984 Dean Martin Celebrity Roast.
Diller discusses being a stand-up comic during a 2000 interview for the Archive of American Television.