Phyllis Ada Diller, 1917 - 2012

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At Brentwood, California home on 25 February 2007. Photo by Brian Hamilton
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Born: 17 July 1917, Lima, Ohio
Died: 20 August 2012, Brentwood, California

Born Phyllis Ada Driver, she studied music at Chicago's Sherwood Music Conservatory and married Sherwood Diller in 1939. During the war she was a homemaker, mother, and advertising copy writer while her husband worked at the Willow Run Bomber Plant. She started doing comedy on radio in San Francisco, she was booked for two weeks at The Purple Onion and stayed for 87 weeks. She hit it off with Bob Hope, appearing in 22 of his TV specials, three of his movies, and his 1966 Christmas tour of Vietnam. Her schtick was a ditzy, incompetent housewife with an incredibly lazy husband named Fang. She retired from stand-up comedy in 2002 at age 84, most recently appeared on television in 2007, and had voice parts as recently as 2009.

Biography from Wikipedia and The New York Times obituary

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