Self-Portraits of Phyllis Diller


These two drawings on corrugated cardboard were probably completed by Phyllis Diller as she packed up her donations to send to the National Museum of American History. They depict two female faces and are possibly self-portraits.

Diller’s art medium of choice was painting, and she began painting for pleasure in the mid-1980s. During this time, she was staying in a large suite at Harrah’s in Reno, NV where she had enough space to set up several easels and canvases. She described her style as painting quickly and without too much thought about each individual painting. This quick style allowed her to complete anywhere from ten to twenty-five paintings per day.

Date Made: ca 2003

Maker: Diller, Phyllis

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: California, Los Angeles

Subject: HumorComedians


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Credit Line: Gift of Phyllis Diller

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2003.0289.22Accession Number: 2003.0289Catalog Number: 2003.0289.22

Object Name: drawings

Physical Description: cardboard (overall material)felt tip pen (overall material)Measurements: overall: 12 1/2 in x 9 1/4 in; 31.75 cm x 23.495 cm


Record Id: nmah_1247696

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