Poster for The Symphonic Phyllis Diller

Description

Poster advertising Phyllis Diller’s solo piano performance with various symphony orchestras titled The Symphonic Phyllis Diller. The opera coat that Diller is wearing in the photograph is also in NMAH’s collection (Catalog Number 2003.0289.01).

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 the 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
publisher
Moss and Suchin Corporation
maker
Moss and Suchin Corporation
place made
United States: California, Los Angeles
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 11 in x 17 in; 27.94 cm x 43.18 cm
ID Number
2003.0289.40
accession number
2003.0289
catalog number
2003.0289.40
Credit Line
Gift of Phyllis Diller
subject
Humor
Comedians
Music
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Popular Entertainment
Phyllis Diller
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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