A Diller of a Time

“We spend the first 12 months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next 12 years telling them to sit down and shut up.”
—Phyllis Diller

She ought to know: she had six children (and outlived three of them).

Born Phyllis Ada Driver (Diller was her first husband’s surname) Diller was the first female American stand-up comic to become a household name. She was best known for her eccentric stage persona, her self-deprecating humor, her wild hair and clothes, and her exaggerated, cackling laugh. She died August 20, 2012 at 95.

Despite her stage persona, Diller was actually a very pretty woman. The photo in the meme was taken when she was 89. (Photo: Brian Hamilton, used with permission)


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