Bronze Mold of Phyllis Diller’s Hand

Description
This statue is a bronze mold of Phyllis Diller’s right hand. The hand is outstretched as if to play the piano. Diller, while known for her stand-up comedy, was also an accomplished pianist. After graduating high school, Diller studied piano for three years at the Sherwood Conservatory of Music (at Columbia College Chicago), but eventually decided against a career in music. From 1971 to 1982 Diller performed with over 100 symphony orchestras across the United States and Canada in a show called The Symphonic Phyllis Diller. During these performances she would seriously perform pieces by Beethoven, Bach, and others as a solo pianist with an orchestra while integrating comedic elements.
Location
Currently not on view
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
bronze (overall material)
acrylic (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 3 1/2 in x 10 in x 7 1/2 in; 8.89 cm x 25.4 cm x 19.05 cm
ID Number
2003.0289.17
accession number
2003.0289
catalog number
2003.0289.17
Credit Line
Gift of Phyllis Diller
subject
Humor
Comedians
Music
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
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Phyllis Diller
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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