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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer Nose-talgia #22: The Great Phyllis Diller -- July 17, 1917 - August 20, 2012

Comedienne Phyllis Diller was a legend, a fixture in the childhoods of so many of us with her skinny legs, miniskirts, cigarette holder, crazy hairdo and raucous laughter -- a true original.  She was a funny woman on TV at the time when you didn't really see them much other than in sitcoms, and of course they reigned there.  For stand-up comedy, there was Phyllis Diller, Joan Rivers, Totie Fields and a few others that you could see on The Ed Sullivan Show, but there was nobody quite like Phyllis!

Here's a selection of clips, not necessary in chronological order, of the super Miss Diller --

On You Bet Your Life with Groucho Marx, very early appearance:

From The Merv Griffin Show in 1965:

From The Flip Wilson Show:

The Pruitts of Southhampton  1966 - 1967  ABC -- Phyllis' short-lived sitcom but with an incredibly catchy theme by Vic Mizzy that I remembered all my life and way before we could see the credits again on YouTube!

On The Red Skelton Show:

On The Hollywood Palace:

Commercial for Snowy Bleach  1967:

On a Bob Hope Christmas Special with Loni Anderson:

On Super Password game show:

On The Hollywood Palace with Phil Harris, Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello from  1967:

On The Sonny and Cher Show:

Phyllis Diller on her legacy, from her interview at the Archive of American Television;  her full interview is available by clicking here:

Phyllis on The View about five years ago:

The reporting of the death of Phyllis Diller:

Phyllis Diller passed away two years ago on August 20, 2012 at the age of 95.  To read the excellent obituary from The New York Times, click here.

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