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Phyllis Ada Driver

(1917-07-17)July 17, 1917
Died August 20, 2012(2012-08-20) (aged 95)
Alma mater Bluffton College
Occupation Actress, comedian
Years active 1941–2012
Known for
Sherwood Anderson Diller
(m. 1939; div. 1965)

Warde Donovan Tatum
(m. 1965; div. 1975)
Partner(s) Robert P. Hastings (c. 1985–96; his death)
Children 6
Comedy career
Medium Stand-up, film, television, books
Genres Insult comedy, observational comedy, musical comedy, improvisational comedy
Subject(s) American culture, racism, self-deprecation, everyday life, religion, current events

Phyllis Ada Driver (July 17, 1917 – August 20, 2012) was an American voice, movie and stage actress and comedian who makes self deprecating jokes about her age and her terrible cooking. She has performed in many movies and television programs.

Early life

Diller was born on July 17, 1917 in Lima, Ohio. She was of German and Irish descent. She was educated at Bluffton College, she was the classmate of Hugh Downs.


Diller's career would begin in 1952 and would later appear in almost 100 of movies and television programs, her movie include; The Fat Spy, The Boneyard, Happily Ever After, Silence of the Hams, and in A Bug's Life. Her television programs appearances also include; Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Pruitts of Southampton aka The Phyllis Diller Show, The Muppet Show, Hey Arnold!, and as Peter Griffin's mother in Family Guy.

Personal life

Diller was married to Sherwood Anderson Diller from 1939 until they divorced in 1965. Second and thirdly she married Warde Donovan from 1965 until they divorced in 1966, and again they married until they divorced again in 1974. She had a partner Robert P. Hastings from c.1985 until his death in 1996. She had six children with her first husband.


Diller died on August 20, 2012 in her home in Los Angeles, California from natural causes, she was 95 years old.

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