Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In

Changes are coming to Find A Grave. See a preview now.

Phyllis Ada Driver Diller
Birth: Jul. 17, 1917
Allen County
Ohio, USA
Death: Aug. 20, 2012
Beverly Hills
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Comedienne, Actress. 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". She began her career at a radio station in Oakland, California, in 1952. In November of that year, she began filming a television show titled 'Phyllis Dillis, the Homely Friendmaker'. In March of 1955, she made her first appearance as a stand-up at The Purple Onion Comedy Club and remained there for 87 straight weeks. Her fame expanded when she co-starred with Bob Hope in 23 television specials and three films in the 1960s: 'Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number', 'Eight on the Lam' and 'The Private Navy of Sgt. O'Farrell'. Among other films she appeared in were 'Splendor in the Grass' (1961), 'The Fat Spy' (1963), 'Did You Hear the One About the Traveling Saleslady?' (1968), 'The Sunshine Boys' (1975), 'A Pleasure Doing Business' (1979), 'Doctor Hackenstein' (1988), 'The Boneyard' (1991) and 'Everything's Jake' (2000). She also lent her distinctive voice to numerous films including 1967s 'Mad Monster Party'. She also starred in her own television variety specials such as 'The Phyllis Diller Special', 'An Evening with Phyllis Diller' and 'The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show' as well as countless appearances as herself on many other television shows. Diller, who was also an accomplished pianist and painter, died at her home after a prolonged illness. (bio by: Louis du Mort) 
Family links: 
  Perry Marcus Driver (1862 - 1948)
  Frances Ada Romshe Driver (1881 - 1949)
  Warde Donovan (1916 - 1988)*
  Sherwood Anderson Diller (1913 - 1993)*
  Peter Diller (1940 - 1998)*
  Perry Diller (1943 - 1943)*
  Infant Son Diller (1945 - 1945)*
  Stephanie Diller Waldron (1948 - 2002)*
*Calculated relationship
Cremated, Ashes scattered at sea.
Specifically: Pacific Ocean
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Deb McCallister
Record added: Aug 20, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 95668054
Phyllis Ada <i>Driver</i> Diller
Added by: Ruggero
Phyllis Ada <i>Driver</i> Diller
Added by: Deb McCallister
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

- Pam
 Added: Sep. 20, 2017
I had the great fortune of seeing you perform live here in Toronto, Canada. It was the early 90's and you performing at an AIDS Benefit at The Masonic Temple on Yonge St. I sat up close and you were WONDERFUL ! Rest in peace Phyllis !
- Greg
 Added: Sep. 17, 2017
Thank you for sharing your amazing talent of laughter and art. You made me really especially when you were teamed with hope. God Bless and R.I.P
- julie
 Added: Sep. 8, 2017
There are 1,278 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
Do you have a photo to add? Click here
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.7 after 512 votes)

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service