PHYLLIS DILLER WORE A MEAT DRESS BEFORE LADY GAGA DID

It is said that Phyllis Diller was a bored, middle-aged housewife when she decided to leap into show business. She did stand-up until she was noticed for her crazy laugh and frazzled hausfrau act and started guesting on TV shows in the 60’s. Bob Hope had her on 23 of his specials and numerous Vietnam USO shows. We happened to meet Phyllis at a party hosted by Zsa Zsa Gabor and her Prince at their home back when Zsa Zsa was healthy. Phyllis was friendly and very entertaining. She was a successful and pioneering female in a male-dominated business, and she outlived all her husbands and boyfriends.(Photo above from Bon Appetit magazine)

Posted by Janet on August 20, 2012

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  1. By Shelby
    On August 20, 2012 at

    Phyllis Diller was one of a kind. She was liberated, independent, and unapologetically funny. Her laugh alone always made me laugh. She will be missed.

  2. By Mrs. Honria Pilkinghorne
    On August 20, 2012 at

    If it weren’t for Phyllis women comics wouldn’t be here today! She was ground breaking. Not only a comic genius but a concert pianist and a painter as well. She will be missed.

  3. By Colin
    On August 20, 2012 at

    A party with Zsa Zsa and Phyllis Diller? That must have been great!!!!!!! What a legend, and joking till the end.

  4. By Noblecascade
    On August 20, 2012 at

    Oh we loved her. I have seen her in concert, I don’t remember when but she was so funny

  5. By Patrick
    On August 20, 2012 at

    She did a lot of work in cartoon voices as well. All great. Flintstones up to A Bugs Life. R.I.P.

  6. By palermo
    On August 20, 2012 at

    Always liked her, RIP

  7. By yoyo
    On August 20, 2012 at

    Thanks for all the laughs Ms. Diller, you truly were unique.

  8. By dandilion
    On August 20, 2012 at

    Self-deprecating to a fault, a typical Diller joke had her running after a garbage truck pulling away from her curb. “Am I too late for the trash?” she’d yell. The driver’s reply: “No, jump right in!” she did so many funny films and shows with Bob Hope.. accomplished pianist and singer..

  9. By baja
    On August 20, 2012 at

    she also invented th Babi Pangang-dress.
    ……but this wasn’t a success, folks!!

  10. By Diva
    On August 21, 2012 at

    She was a gem

  11. By Denise
    On August 21, 2012 at

    Her humor was ageless. May she rest in peace.

  12. By Denise
    On August 21, 2012 at

    Some of her one-liners: (courtesy of her obituary in the Boston Globe)

    “I was the world’s ugliest baby. When I was born, the doctor slapped everybody.”
    “My vanity table is a Black & Decker workbench”
    “They say housework can’t kill you, but why take the chance?”
    “I have so many liver spots, I ought to come with a side of onions.”

  13. By margie
    On August 21, 2012 at

    I first saw her on the Groucho Marx show in the 50s. She was so much classier than Joan Rivers.

  14. By Bu
    On August 21, 2012 at

    RIP…she finally joins Fang up in heaven.

  15. By Kitty
    On August 21, 2012 at

    She really was so funny in a much more innocent time. RIP dear Phyllis.

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