Phyllis Diller - biography

Actor from United States of America

Phyllis Diller Phyllis Diller (born July 17, 1917) is an American actress and comedian. She created a stage persona of a wild-haired, eccentrically dressed housewife who makes self-deprecating jokes about her age and appearance, her terrible cooking, and a husband named "Fang", while pretending to smoke from a long cigarette holder. Diller's signature is her unusual laugh. Diller was born Phyllis Ada Driver in Lima, Ohio, the daughter of Frances Ada (née Romshe) (January 12, 1881 - January 26, 1949) and Perry Marcus Driver (June 13, 1862 - August 12, 1948), an insurance agent. She has German and Irish ancestry (the surname "Driver" had been changed from "Treiber" several generations back). Her mother was about twenty years younger than her father. Diller was raised a Methodist. Diller attended Lima's Central High School, then studied for three years at Sherwood Music Conservatory in Chicago, Illinois. She then transferred to Bluffton College in Bluffton, Ohio, where she met fellow "Lima-ite" and classmate Hugh Downs. Diller was a housewife, mother, and advertising copywriter. During World War II, Diller lived in Ypsilanti, Michigan, while her husband worked at the historic Willow Run Bomber  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Known as
Phyllis Driver,Phyliss Diller,Diller, Phyllis,Phyllis Ada Driver
Date of birth
Place of birth
United States of America
Frances Ada Romshe, Perry Marcus Driver
Perry Diller Sally Diller Stephanie Diller Suzanne Diller Peter Diller
Actor, Comedian


Institution From To
Bluffton University
Lima Central Catholic High School
Sherwood Music Conservatory


Year Performance Character
2011 How to Live Forever
2010 I Am Comic
2010 When the World Breaks
2009 Family Dinner Grandma Liz O'Connell
2009 Unbeatable Harold
2007 Everything's Jake
2006 Phyllis Diller: Not Just Another Pretty Face
2005 Forget About It Mrs. Hertzberg
2001 CatDog: The Great Parent Mystery
1993 Happily Ever After
1991 Wisecracks
1981 Hungry I Reunion
1971 Mooch Goes to Hollywood
1969 Mad Monster Party
1967 Eight on the Lam
1966 Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number!


Date of death
Cause of death
Natural causes
Place of death

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