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Phyllis DILLER

American Phyllis DILLER

born Phyllis Ada DRIVER

American actress and comedienne, considered one of the pioneers of female stand-up comedy

Born: on July 17, 1917 in Lima, Ohio, USA  (103 years)


Biography

Diller was born to Perry Marcus Driver and his wife, the former Frances Ada Romshe, in Lima, Ohio, United States.

Diller attended Lima's Central High School, then studied for three years at Sherwood Music Conservatory, 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 Willow Run Bomber Plant. In the mid-1950s, she made appearances on The Jack Paar Show and was a contestant on Groucho Marx's quiz show, You Bet Your Life.

Although she has made her career in comedy, Diller studied as a serious piano student for many years. She later decided against a career in music after hearing her teachers and mentors play with much more ability than she thought that she would be able to achieve. She still plays in her private life, however, and owns a custom-made harpsichord which she prizes.

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- Category Actor