Panties worn by Phyllis Diller on 1987 USO Christmas Tour

Panties worn by Phyllis Diller on 1987 USO Christmas Tour

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Phyllis Diller wore this pair of red panties as part of an outfit also including a red and white Santa dress with belt, red pantyhose, white gloves, and a head band with a white pompom at the end of a rod, when she joined Bob Hope’s USO tour of the Persian Gulf in 1987. Other members of the 1987 tour included I Dream of Jeannie actress Barbara Eden, Connie Stevens and her daughters Joely and Tricia Leigh Fisher, “God Bless the USA” singer Lee Greenwood, and Miss USA Michelle Royer.

Diller was lifelong friends with Bob Hope, co-starring with him in 3 films and many TV specials. In 1978, the USO of Philadelphia, Inc. awarded Diller the USO Liberty Bell Award “for demonstrating concern for the welfare and morale of America’s armed forces.” The award is also at NMAH (Catalog Number 2003.0289.42).

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
Panties
Date made
ca 1987
Physical Description
nylon (overall material)
elastic (overall material)
ID Number
2003.0289.09.02
accession number
2003.0289
catalog number
2003.0289.09.02
Credit Line
Gift of Phyllis Diller
subject
Holidays and Celebrations, general
Christmas
Humor
Comedians
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Phyllis Diller
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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