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Phyllis Diller is a Actor American born on 17 july 1917 at Lima (USA)

Phyllis Diller

Phyllis Diller
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Birth name Phyllis Ada Driver
Nationality USA
Birth 17 july 1917 at Lima (USA)
Death 20 august 2012 (at 95 years) at Los Angeles (USA)

Phyllis Ada Driver (July 17, 1917 – August 20, 2012), better known as Phyllis Diller, was an American stand-up comedian, actress, singer, dancer, and voice artist, best known for her eccentric stage persona, her self-deprecating humor, her wild hair and clothes, and her exaggerated, cackling laugh.

Diller's voice acting roles included the Queen in A Bug's Life, Granny Neutron in The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, Thelma Griffin in Family Guy, and various characters on Robot Chicken.

Biography

Diller credited much of her success to a motivational book, The Magic of Believing (1948) by Claude M. Bristol, which gave her confidence at the start of her career.

Diller was married and divorced twice. She had six children from her marriage to her first husband, Sherwood Anderson Diller. Her first child was Peter (born September 1940; died 1998 of cancer). Her second child Sally, born in November 1944, has suffered from schizophrenia most of her life. Her third child (born 1945), a son, lived for only two weeks in an incubator. A daughter, Suzanne, was born in March, 1946, followed by another daughter Stephanie (born October 1948, died 2002 of a stroke) and a son Perry (born February 1950). She states, "we lost the second shortly after he was born...a blue baby who lived just two weeks in an incubator." Phyllis described the child as having a deformity of the hands and possibly being blind. She said he was given her father's name of Perry, a name that would later be given to their youngest child. Diller's second husband was actor Warde Donovan (born Warde Tatum), whom she married on October 7, 1965. She filed for divorce three months later, having found him to be bisexual and alcoholic, though they reconciled on the day before the divorce was to have become final. Their marriage continued until she divorced Donovan in 1975.

Robert P. Hastings was her partner, from 1985 until his death on May 23, 1996.

"Fang," the husband that Diller frequently mentioned in her act, was entirely fictional and not based on either of her actual husbands.

She candidly discussed her plastic surgery, a series of procedures first undertaken when she was 55. In her 2005 autobiography, she wrote that she had undergone "fifteen different procedures." Her numerous surgeries were the subject of a 20/20 segment February 12, 1993.

Diller penned her autobiography in 2005, titled Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse. A direct-to-DVD version of the project, complete with early live clips of Diller, and interviews with her showbiz colleagues including Don Rickles, among others, was released in December 2006.

Best films

A Bug's Life (1998)
(Actress)

Usually with

Paul Provenza
Paul Provenza
(2 films)
Jules Bass
Jules Bass
(2 films)
Ezio Greggio
Ezio Greggio
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Phyllis Diller (34 films)

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Actress

How to Live Forever, 1h32
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Documentaire sur une personnalité
Actors Suzanne Somers, Phyllis Diller, Ray Bradbury
Roles Self
Rating60% 3.049173.049173.049173.049173.04917
Filmmaker Mark Wexler is not going down without a fight. Overwhelmed by the loss of his mother and confronted by his own advancing age, Wexler embarks on a curious, lively, and sometimes troubling worldwide trek to investigate what it really means to live forever.
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, 1h25
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Actors Joan Rivers, Melissa Rivers, Kathy Griffin, Don Rickles, Phyllis Diller, George Carlin
Rating72% 3.645363.645363.645363.645363.64536
The film follows Joan Rivers for 14 months, mostly during the 76th year of her life. The film made an effort to "[peel] away the mask" and expose the "struggles, sacrifices and joy of living life as a ground breaking female performer." The New York Times reported that Stern and Sundberg "lucked out" with their timing, starting to film the year before Rivers won Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice in 2008.
Who Killed the Electric Car?, 1h32
Origin USA
Genres Documentary
Themes Environmental films, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about environmental issues, Documentary films about technology, Road movies
Actors Tom Hanks, Martin Sheen, Mel Gibson, Ed Begley Jr., Phyllis Diller
Rating75% 3.7967453.7967453.7967453.7967453.796745
Au début des années 2000, plusieurs modèles de voitures électriques étaient en circulation en Californie, dont l'EV1, produite par General Motors et mise en location à long terme, puis retirée du marché en 2006. Ce documentaire retrace la mort prématurée de ce véhicule et enquête sur l'importance des lobbies du pétrole dans l'état de Californie.
Casper's Scare School, 1h15
Directed by Mark Gravas
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Horror comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Ghost films, Comedy horror films, Children's films
Actors Devon Werkheiser, Matthew Underwood, Billy West, Dan Castellaneta, John DiMaggio, Kevin Michael Richardson
Roles Aunt Spitzy (voice)
Rating45% 2.283612.283612.283612.283612.28361
As a result of Casper being too friendly when playing with a boy named Jimmy, Kibosh: The King of the Underworld has Casper enrolled into a Scare School headed by the two-headed headmaster Alder and Dash. He befriends Ra, a mummy with unraveling issues and Mantha, a zombie girl who keeps falling apart. When Casper discovers the two-headed headmaster's plot to use a petrification potion to turn Kibosh into stone and take over the Underworld and Deedstown, he and his new friends must stop him.
Motocross Kids
Genres Action
Themes Children's films
Actors Josh Hutcherson, Lorenzo Lamas, Phyllis Diller, Alexa Nikolas, Gary Busey, Alana Austin
Roles Lou
Rating39% 1.9820451.9820451.9820451.9820451.982045
L'agent spécial Strahm est mort, et le détective Hoffman s'impose alors comme le légataire incontesté de l'héritage de Jigsaw. Cependant, tandis que le FBI se rapproche de plus en plus dangereusement de lui, Hoffman est obligé de commencer un nouveau jeu qui révélera enfin quel est le véritable grand dessein derrière les machinations de Jigsaw...
Bitter Jester
Directed by Maija DiGiorgio
Genres Documentary
Actors Maija DiGiorgio, Chevy Chase, Phyllis Diller
Rating72% 3.6176653.6176653.6176653.6176653.617665
Maija DiGiorgio is a naive New York comic whose therapist recommends a video diary as a means of examining her self. Maija's borderline psychotic ex-boxer boyfriend, Kenny Simmons and director of photography, Jody Del Giorno sees a means to instant stardom.
Everything's Jake, 1h33
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Ernie Hudson, Phyllis Diller, Doug E. Doug, Stephen Furst, Robin Givens, Lou Myers
Roles Victoria Pond
Rating60% 3.002123.002123.002123.002123.00212
Within the most storied city in the world lives Jake (Ernie Hudson), a homeless man who calls all of Manhattan his home. Jake discovers Cameron (Graeme Malcolm), a man down on his luck and sleeping in a tree in Central Park.
A Bug's Life, 1h35
Directed by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Circus films, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Films about insects, Children's films
Actors Dave Foley, Kevin Spacey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Hayden Panettiere, David Hyde Pierce, Phyllis Diller
Roles Queen (voice)
Rating71% 3.5968053.5968053.5968053.5968053.596805
Flik, an individualist and would-be inventor, lives in a colony of ants in the middle of a dried creek. They are led by Princess Atta and her mother, the Queen. The colony is oppressed by a gang of marauding grasshoppers, led by Hopper, that arrive every season demanding food from the ants. One day, when the annual offering is accidentally knocked into a stream by Flik's latest invention, a grain-harvesting device, the grasshoppers demand twice as much food as compensation. The ants trick Flik into accepting his plan to recruit "warrior bugs" to fight off the grasshoppers. While Flik actually believes in the plan, the other ants see it as an opportunity to get rid of Flik and save themselves trouble.
Peoria Babylon, 1h30
Origin USA
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors David Drake, Ann Cusack, Paul Adelstein, Kel Mitchell, Phyllis Diller
Roles Painting Owner
Rating47% 2.387142.387142.387142.387142.38714
Candy and her gay friend Jon are owners of financially troubled art gallery in Peoria, Illinois. After exhausting their savings, they concoct a devious scheme in order to save the gallery in this screwball comedy.
The Silence of the Hams, 1h21
Directed by Ezio Greggio
Origin Italie
Genres Thriller, Comedy
Actors Dom DeLuise, Billy Zane, Ezio Greggio, Charlene Tilton, Joanna Pacuła, Shelley Winters
Roles Old Secretary
Rating46% 2.3063552.3063552.3063552.3063552.306355
The film follows rookie detective Jo Dee Fostar (Billy Zane), on his first case. The case involves a serial killer, wanted for over 120 murders. In order to find the killer, he must enlist the help of convicted murderer Dr. Animal Cannibal Pizza (Dom Deluise). However, during the investigation, his girlfriend, Jane Wine (Charlene Tilton), is asked by her boss to take a large sum of money to the bank. Instead of doing this, she leaves town with the money. While hiding, she decides to rest at the Cemetery Motel, which is later revealed to be a cemetery named Motel after its owner, Antonio Motel. Jo must then enlist the help of Det. Balsam (Martin Balsam) and Dr. Pizza to not only find the murderer, but his missing girlfriend. All of this takes the cast on many adventures at the Cemetery Motel. In the final confrontation, most characters are revealed to be somebody else in disguise.