Dress worn by Phyllis Diller

Description
This yellow and brown full-length dress with white and orange daisy print was worn by Phyllis Diller. Diller (1917-2012) began her comedy career in the 1950s at the age of 37 and broke barriers in the comedy world to become the first solo female comic to be a household name. She developed a stage persona of an incompetent housewife and dressed in outlandish outfits with wild hair. Her material focused on self-deprecating jokes that tackled the idealized image of American mothers and homemakers. She also created many mythical personas for her stage act including her “husband” Fang, her “neighbor” Mrs. Clean, and her “mother-in-law” Moby Dick.
Location
Currently not on view
Physical Description
synthetic fibers (overall material)
nylon (overall material)
silk (overall material)
ID Number
2003.0289.04
accession number
2003.0289
catalog number
2003.0289.04
Credit Line
Gift of Phyllis Diller
subject
Humor
Comedians
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Phyllis Diller
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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