The ever-popular Phyllis Diller is 90 years old today. Ms. Diller has been seen on Boston Legal this season and does the voice of Peter’s Mom on Family Guy. In the last few years, she’s released a book of memoirs (pictured above) and has seen several DVD releases of her comedy work.
Phyllis Diller was interviewed by the Archive of American Television on March 8, 2000. Click here to watch Phyllis Diller’s entire seven-part interview.
Ms. Diller spoke of her beginnings as a successful comic breaking out of her shell as a middle-aged housewife when she appeared for the first time on stage at San Francisco’s “Purple Onion.” She spoke of her first appearance in television on Groucho Marx’s You Bet Your Life. She spoke of her many appearances on television variety shows including numerous appearances on The Jack Paar Show. She talked about her long association with Bob Hope in films and on television— making more appearances on his specials than anyone else. Show spoke of her television series The Pruitts of Southampton (1966-67), a sitcom; and The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show (1968), a variety-talk series, as well as the comedy-anthology series Love American Style. She spoke of her appearance as a regular panelist on television’s The Gong Show (1976-80) and her regular role from 1995-96 on the daytime serial The Bold and the Beautiful. She spoke of her work as a trend setting female comic and detailed her successful formula for stand-up comedy. Interviewer: Fred Westbrook.