Book: Phyllis Diller’s Marriage Manual


Phyllis Diller’s Marriage Manual written by Phyllis Diller with drawings by Susan Perl was published by Doubleday and Company, Inc. in 1967. Throughout her career Phyllis Diller wrote three other comedy books (Phyllis Diller’s Housekeeping Hints, The Complete Mother, and The Joys of Aging and How to Avoid Them) as well as an autobiography (Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse: My Life in Comedy).

Phyllis 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.

Date Made: 1967

Publisher: Doubleday and Company, Inc.Illustrator: Perl, SusanMaker: Diller, PhyllisDoubleday and Company, Inc.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, Garden City

Subject: HumorComediansMarriageBooks


See more items in: Culture and the Arts: Entertainment, Popular Entertainment, Phyllis Diller


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Credit Line: Gift of Phyllis Diller

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2003.0289.34Accession Number: 2003.0289Catalog Number: 2003.0289.34

Object Name: Book

Physical Description: paper (overall material)ink (overall material)Measurements: overall: 7 3/4 in x 5 1/4 in x 1/2 in; 19.685 cm x 13.335 cm x 1.27 cm


Record Id: nmah_1247713

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