Diller, Phyllis

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Diller, Phyllis Gender: F
Phyllis Ada Driver
born on 17 July 1917 at 01:00 (= 01:00 AM )
Place Lima (Allen County), Ohio, 40n45, 84w06
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Clifford
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 24°06' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 03°36 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 07°06'

Phyllis Diller


American comedienne who exploded on stage in San Francisco in 1954, wearing a sequined mini-dress and an orange fright-wig, gold ankle-high boots and black satin opera gloves. She was a married housewife until she was 37, when she buried the ironing in the backyard and took her show on the road, complaining about her husband, "Fang," and keeping an audience howling. She has not only made her name in club dates but has appeared in musicals, plays and films, starred in three TV series, recorded several comedy albums, written five books, four on the national best-seller lists, and raised funds for charity. Performing as a piano soloist with the San Francisco Orchestra, she was given a standing ovation. She's also a good cook; her chili is marketing under the name "Phyllis Diller's Original Recipe Chili," She holds a private interest in a cosmetic company, and in 1990, formed a film production company. Diller is an accomplished professional artist and able pianist.

The only child of strict, older parents, she remembers being a nerd and a misfit, a shy, scrawny and plain kid who spent much of her time alone with her dolls and her cat. She used humor as a defense and began to discover the perks of being the class clown; laughter, attention, admiration.

She has been totally open about the cosmetic surgeries she's had for her face and figure, saying that, "Let's say that I hit 50 and made a U-turn. I've had so much cosmetic surgery that no two parts of my body are the same age." Her first surgical enhancement was in 1971 when she had her nose, eyes and neck done. In following years, she had another nose job, a mini-facelift, a tummy tuck, breast reduction, cheek implants, an under-eye lift, eyeliner tattoos, teeth straightened and bonded. Later she had fat liposuctioned from her stomach and injected into vertical wrinkles around her mouth. She also has an assortment of wigs, 340 at the last count. Bringing cosmetic surgery out of the closet, she declares that it is not vanity but pride in herself and adds, "I never knew I could be this happy."

Her first husband, Sherwood Anderson Diller, whom she met as a senior at Bluffton College, Ohio, was going from one job to another and barely earning enough to support the family. They moved to California where she took a job writing a shopping column. She moved on to a job with department store writing ad copy. While there, she spotted a book which she says changed her life, "The Magic of Believing," by Claude M. Bristol.

Diller wisecracked her way through the local Laundromat to the PTA and similar groups. Soon everyone wanted her as their guest speaker. On 3/07/1955, she made her debut as a stand-up comic at the Purple Onion, a popular San Francisco nightspot. She stayed for 89 weeks. In the following years she went from $60 a week to $75,000 a week as an international star, writing most of her own material. She strictly avoids off-color jokes.

Diller's success had a price. She regrets missing time spent with her three daughters and two sons, and her marriage ended in divorce after 26 years. After a second divorce in 1975 from her ten-year marriage to Warde Donavan, she found a lawyer-beau. At age 77, she talks as fast and works as hard as ever with stand-up comedy shows, Las Vegas gigs and TV guest stints.

At 81 she suffered a mild heart attack on 2/13/1999, and was fitted with a pace-maker.

She died in Los Angeles on 20 August 2012, age 95.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Myers, Marv (born 3 January 1924)
  • friend relationship with Ramey, Wanda (born 18 February 1924)


  • Work : New Career 1954 (Debut in San Francisco)
  • Work : New Job 7 May 1955 (Stand-up comedy at Purple Onion)
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  • Health : Change in Appearance 1971 (First of numerous cosmetic surgical procedures)
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1975 (Second divorce, Warde Donavan)
  • Work : Start Business 1990 (Started a film production business)
  • Health : Medical procedure 13 February 1999 (Mild heart attack, got pacemaker)
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  • Death, Cause unspecified 20 August 2012 in Los Angeles (Age 95)
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Source Notes

B.C. in hand from Frank C. Clifford (Same in Contemporary American Horoscopes, Gauquelin Book of American Charts)


  • Traits : Body : Hair (340 wigs)
  • Traits : Personality : Aggressive/ brash
  • Traits : Personality : Attention seeking (Exhibitionist in garb and manner)
  • Traits : Personality : Humorous, Witty
  • Traits : Personality : Unique
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Heart disease/attack (Mild heart attack)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Surgery (Pacemaker)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Cosmetic surgery (Face, body, numerous procedures)
  • Family : Childhood : Only child (Older parents)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (Two)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Abusive - Neglectful (Regretfully not there for her kids)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Five, three girls and two boys)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Loves job
  • Lifestyle : Work : Retirement circumstances (2002, retire from stage, write and paint)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Skills - Multi-faceted
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Philanthropist (Charity work)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Rags to riches
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Hobbies, games (Pianist)
  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Secondary)
  • Vocation : Business : Business owner (Marketing her chili)
  • Vocation : Education : Public speaker (Noted guest speaker)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (TV and film)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Comedy
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage (Musicals, plays)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Night Club/ Vaudeville (Night clubs, Vegas, dinner theater)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV series/ Soap star (Three series)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Concert pianist)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer (Production company)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist (Shopping column)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction (Five books)
  • Vocation : Writers : Humor (Writes own material)
  • Vocation : Misc. : Homemaker/Care provider (Until age 37)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women