August 21, 2012

Vale – Phyllis Diller

Filed under: Obituary — Rodney Twelftree @ 8:56 am

Phyllis Diller – 1917-2012

Legendary comedienne Phyllis Diller has passed away. Ms Diller was accomplished in all forms of entertainment, beginning her career in radio before making the transition to film and television. A highly popular comedienne, her iconic laugh and wild-haired persona brought her acclaim in the entertainment industry. Of her film credits, she co-starred with Bob Hope in a number of television specials and 3 feature films, including Boy, Did I Get A Wrong Number!, as well as a cameo in 1961’s Splendour In The Grass. Her other film credits include The Sunshine Boys, The Boneyard, The Silence Of The Hams, and provided the voice of the ant Queen in Pixar’s A Bug’s Life.

Diller’s incredible career was primarily as a stand-up comedienne, providing numerous appearances in television shows as either herself, or a spoof of herself. Among these shows are appearances in The Muppet Show, Cybill, Batman (in 1966), Family Guy, Robot Chicken, and most recently in 2 episodes of The Bold and The Beautiful.

Ms Diller passed away on August 20th, at her home in Los Angeles. She was 95.

Normally detesting these kinds of bios, Rodney’s keen love of film more often outclasses his ability to write convincingly about them.

Never blessed with a body worthy of a porn star, nor being the heir to a wealthy industrialists fortune, nor suffering the tragedy of having his parents murdered outside a Gotham theater, Rodney is, contrary to popular opinion, neither Ron Jeremy, JD Rockefeller, or Batman.

As a serious appreciator of film since 1996, Rodney’s love affair with the medium has continued with his online blog, Fernby Films, a facility allowing him to communicate with fellow cineasts in their mutual love of all things movie.

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  1. She was born in 1917. Not a comedian I'm too familiar with.

      Duke — August 22, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

  2. Corrected, thanks Sam!! I admit, I wasn't that familiar with her work either – except I remember her from A Bug's Life.

      Rodney — August 22, 2012 @ 6:48 pm

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